Ramsgate Crime Overview

Ramsgate is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ramsgate in 2020 was 139 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ramsgate is the third most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 177th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2019, Ramsgate had the worst crime rate in Kent for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2019 was also a bad month for Ramsgate residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 41 crimes at a rate of 0.98 per 1,000 residents. Ramsgate recorded 13 reports of robbery during March 2018, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Ramsgate are violence and sexual offences, with 2,920 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 70. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 3,338 offences and a difference of 9.97 from 2019's crime rate of 80. Ramsgate's least common crime is theft from the person, with 36 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 56% from 2019's figure of 56 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Ramsgate This Year

 RamsgateKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,90345.3848,31625.9743% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft611.451,1650.6357% more dangerous
Burglary2225.297,0893.8128% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson63815.2118,62210.0134% more dangerous
Drugs1924.584,2172.2750% more dangerous
Other Crime1784.245,1152.7535% more dangerous
Other Theft3899.2810,9545.8937% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons571.361,3510.7346% more dangerous
Public Order50512.0413,1587.0741% more dangerous
Robbery591.411,3090.7050% more dangerous
Shoplifting3438.189,2254.9639% more dangerous
Theft From the Person360.868340.4548% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2265.399,0874.889% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,92069.6376,37441.0541% more dangerous

Crime in Ramsgate Compared To Kent

Ramsgate Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sittingbourne5,12095.6045% safer
Dartford5,77698.0442% safer
Northfleet3,485115.9320% safer
Gravesend6,865117.0719% safer
Folkestone6,191126.5410% safer
Ramsgate5,826138.94-
Dover5,271157.1712% more dangerous

Ramsgate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40323545Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.51.41.4Safer
Burglary8875Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21202015Safer
Drugs2.32.44.54.6Getting worse
Other Crime3.454.44.2Safer
Other Theft1313139Safer
Possession of Weapons0.601.41.71.4Getting worse
Public Order10201512Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.62.51.81.4Safer
Shoplifting1010118Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.930.691.30.86Safer
Vehicle Crime9895Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences63788070Safer

Changes In Ramsgate's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Ramsgate to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71105% safer
Coventry77.4179% safer
Croydon83.2267% safer
Sheffield85.8162% safer
Bristol86.2161% safer
Leicester97.4443% safer
Birmingham102.8735% safer
Liverpool107.2830% safer
Bradford133.024.5% safer
Leeds137.101.3% safer
Ramsgate138.94-

Crime in Ramsgate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dumpton58170Fourth
Nethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend48964Fifth
Newington1,377155Second
Ramsgate Ellington860105Third
Ramsgate Harbour2,137244First

Ramsgate Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Ramsgate for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend (153)Ramsgate Harbour (862)
Bicycle TheftNethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend (4)Newington (17)
BurglaryDumpton (15)Ramsgate Harbour (96)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend (49)Ramsgate Harbour (240)
DrugsNethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend (12)Ramsgate Harbour (86)
Other CrimeNethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend (10)Ramsgate Harbour (58)
Other TheftDumpton (37)Ramsgate Harbour (140)
Possession of WeaponsDumpton (3)Ramsgate Harbour (20)
Public OrderDumpton (38)Ramsgate Harbour (210)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Dumpton (5)Ramsgate Harbour (24)
ShopliftingDumpton (5)Ramsgate Harbour (165)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dumpton (1)Ramsgate Harbour (17)
Vehicle CrimeDumpton (29)Ramsgate Harbour (54)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNethercourt, Pegwell & Cliffsend (244)Ramsgate Harbour (1,014)

Crime in Ramsgate During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ramsgate change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Ramsgate saw a 500% increase in bicycle theft. Ramsgate saw a large fall in theft from the person during August, when it fell by 83% compared to August in 2019. Ramsgate saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+78%+93%+51%+15%+23%+15%+11%+57%+24%
Bicycle Theft--40%-14%+500%+67%+150%-46%+33%-33%-40%
Burglary-49%-56%-41%-71%-46%-59%-30%+32%+4%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%-22%-29%-32%-1%-14%+7%-15%-47%-50%
Drugs-44%-18%-54%-5%+6%-8%-25%+29%+167%+33%
Other Crime--13%-11%-8%+50%-26%+67%+25%-38%+83%
Other Theft-34%-53%-44%-32%-28%-44%-28%+41%-60%-36%
Possession of Weapons-45%+40%-67%--50%-56%-60%+50%-33%-60%
Public Order-17%-31%-+2%+2%-8%-32%-27%-35%-29%
Robbery+75%-67%-33%-33%-73%-50%+167%-67%+150%+25%
Shoplifting-38%-69%-55%-17%-46%-11%+64%-24%-50%-67%
Theft From the Person+200%-50%--17%-20%-83%-67%--75%-
Vehicle Crime-35%-30%-81%-52%-69%+4%-43%-20%-47%-78%
Violence and Sexual Offences-34%-20%-25%-10%+7%+34%-19%-8%-15%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ramsgate

What police force serves Ramsgate?
Ramsgate's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Ramsgate?
Ramsgate is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent.
What is Ramsgate's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ramsgate are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ramsgate?
Ramsgate's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021