Paddock Wood Crime Overview

Paddock Wood is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 90th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Paddock Wood in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Paddock Wood is the 223rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,555th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2019, Paddock Wood was the worst small town in Kent for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2016 was also a bad month for Paddock Wood residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for vehicle crime, recording 26 crimes at a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 residents. Paddock Wood recorded 3 reports of drugs during February 2015, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst small town for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Paddock Wood are violence and sexual offences, with 240 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 19% higher than 2019's figure of 194 offences and a difference of 5.66 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Paddock Wood's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Paddock Wood Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Paddock Wood This Year

 Paddock WoodKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour22427.5848,31625.976% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.621,1650.631.6% safer
Burglary303.697,0893.813.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson759.2418,62210.018% safer
Drugs80.994,2172.27129% safer
Other Crime172.095,1152.7532% safer
Other Theft425.1710,9545.8914% safer
Possession of Weapons10.121,3510.73508% safer
Public Order354.3113,1587.0764% safer
Robbery40.491,3090.7043% safer
Shoplifting425.179,2254.964.1% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.128340.45275% safer
Vehicle Crime506.169,0874.8821% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences24029.5576,37441.0539% safer

Paddock Wood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Walmer48659.4614% safer
Hawkinge53460.8411% safer
Aylesford73264.046% safer
Southborough80064.874.4% safer
Sevenoaks1,45766.042.6% safer
Paddock Wood55067.73-
Hoo St. Werburgh69468.070.50% more dangerous
East Malling and Larkfield1,01268.941.8% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,18669.242.2% more dangerous
Edenbridge74876.6012% more dangerous
Deal1,64277.9413% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Paddock Wood

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Paddock Wood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour16131728Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.370.620.860.62Getting worse
Burglary3. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson912139Safer
Drugs0.860.490.860.99Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft57105Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.370.370.12Safer
Public Order3.4974.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.370.490.49Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.120.620.12Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.34.36Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences25282430Getting worse

Changes In Paddock Wood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Paddock Wood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.710.03% safer
Paddock Wood67.73-
Coventry77.4113% more dangerous
Croydon83.2219% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Paddock Wood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Paddock Wood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Paddock Wood saw a 414% increase in anti-social behaviour. Paddock Wood saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during June, when it fell by 93% compared to June in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+127%+414%+82%+150%---21%+100%+63%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%-38%-53%-93%+60%-50%-14%-65%--47%
Other Crime--75%-40%--67%+100%+200%---
Other Theft--80%-55%-73%-20%-25%--43%-+25%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--60%-38%-86%+300%+100%-67%-40%+300%-
Vehicle Crime--50%-20%--33%-25%+100%+50%+233%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+111%-38%+63%+75%-19%+50%+11%+89%+29%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Paddock Wood

What police force serves Paddock Wood?
Paddock Wood's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Paddock Wood?
Paddock Wood is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent.
What is Paddock Wood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Paddock Wood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Paddock Wood?
Paddock Wood's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021