Rochester Crime Overview

Rochester is the third most dangerous major town in Kent, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rochester in 2020 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rochester is the 24th most dangerous major town, and the 436th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Rochester had the worst crime rate in Kent for shoplifting, with 62 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.93 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Rochester residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents. Rochester recorded 81 reports of vehicle crime during May 2019, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for vehicle crime in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Rochester are violence and sexual offences, with 3,424 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 3,655 offences and a difference of 3.48 from 2019's crime rate of 55. Rochester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 28 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 32% from 2019's figure of 37 crimes.

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See how Rochester shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Rochester and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Rochester Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Rochester This Year

 RochesterKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,97029.6248,31625.9712% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft330.501,1650.6326% safer
Burglary2613.927,0893.812.8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson69510.4518,62210.014.2% more dangerous
Drugs1452.184,2172.274.1% safer
Other Crime2764.155,1152.7534% more dangerous
Other Theft5257.8910,9545.8925% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons520.781,3510.736% more dangerous
Public Order5207.8213,1587.0710% more dangerous
Robbery761.141,3090.7039% more dangerous
Shoplifting5187.799,2254.9636% more dangerous
Theft From the Person280.428340.457% safer
Vehicle Crime3825.749,0874.8815% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,42451.4876,37441.0520% more dangerous

Rochester Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells4,10867.5054% safer
Maidstone10,44987.1420% safer
Ashford6,75089.6916% safer
Gillingham11,203103.171.1% safer
Rochester6,935104.28-
Chatham8,964110.916% more dangerous
Margate8,491129.2419% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rochester

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Rochester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25202030Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.750.630.470.50Safer
Burglary5563.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111110Safer
Drugs1.41.51.42.2Getting worse
Other Crime2.63.64.34.2Getting worse
Other Theft1011118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.690.750.78Getting worse
Public Order613108Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.781.41.31.1Safer
Shoplifting99108Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.690.630.560.42Safer
Vehicle Crime119106Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43505551Getting worse

Changes In Rochester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rochester's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rochester that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Broom Hill Park3-1--00.86
Priestfields Recreation Ground14--3412.3

Comparing Rochester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7154% safer
Coventry77.4135% safer
Croydon83.2225% safer
Sheffield85.8122% safer
Bristol86.2121% safer
Leicester97.447% safer
Birmingham102.871.4% safer
Rochester104.28-
Liverpool107.282.8% more dangerous
Bradford133.0222% more dangerous
Leeds137.1024% more dangerous

Crime in Rochester's Neighbourhoods

Rochester West is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Rochester, followed by Strood North & Frindsbury in second place, and Strood South & Temple Marsh as the third most dangerous area. Rochester's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Broomhill, Rede Common, and Rochester South East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Broomhill39165Sixth
Rede Common64498Fifth
Rochester East66398Fourth
Rochester South East37958Seventh
Rochester West1,155153First
Strood North & Frindsbury1,263149Second
Strood South & Temple Marsh1,332135Third

Rochester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBroomhill (79)Rochester West (435)
Bicycle TheftRede Common (1)Rochester West (11)
BurglaryRochester South East (14)Rochester West (50)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBroomhill (30)Rochester West (139)
DrugsBroomhill (5)Rochester West (34)
Other CrimeBroomhill (10)Rochester West (45)
Other TheftRochester South East (19)Strood South & Temple Marsh (118)
Possession of WeaponsRochester South East (2)Rochester West (14)
Public OrderRochester South East (26)Rochester West (117)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Rochester South East (2)Strood South & Temple Marsh (21)
ShopliftingRede Common (2)Strood South & Temple Marsh (179)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Rede Common (1)Strood South & Temple Marsh (7)
Vehicle CrimeBroomhill (27)Strood North & Frindsbury (76)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBroomhill (150)Rochester West (586)

Crime in Rochester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rochester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Rochester saw a 367% increase in robbery. Rochester saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 83% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%+119%+88%+74%+86%+35%+25%+12%+30%+67%
Bicycle Theft--80%+150%+100%+250%--25%-75%-50%-50%
Burglary-36%-61%-23%-44%-45%-19%-21%-17%-72%-49%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-20%-13%-24%+25%+4%-6%-6%-24%-7%
Drugs+180%+200%+133%+160%+200%-18%-38%+7%+10%+60%
Other Crime+4%--22%+108%-28%+56%-13%-43%-+24%
Other Theft-38%-54%-45%-49%-24%-28%-38%-14%-31%-40%
Possession of Weapons--40%+150%-+150%-29%-67%+200%-38%-14%
Public Order-19%-31%-37%-20%-28%-22%-6%-2%-26%-28%
Robbery-50%-44%-38%-80%+367%-25%-43%-10%+13%+33%
Shoplifting-17%-31%-19%-40%+35%+15%+55%-32%-54%-56%
Theft From the Person-25%+100%-80%-50%-33%--50%-83%+200%-
Vehicle Crime-52%-69%-68%-47%-13%-8%-71%-40%-36%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-14%-11%-18%+12%+3%-9%-2%-22%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rochester

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021