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Crime and Safety in Rochester, Kent

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Rochester is among the top 5 most dangerous major towns in Kent, and is the 33rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rochester in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rochester is the 28th most dangerous major town, and the 538th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Rochester had the worst crime rate in Kent for shoplifting, with 53 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.80 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 41 crimes at a rate of 0.62 per 1,000 residents. Rochester recorded 78 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 3,632 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 55. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 3,350 offences and a difference of 4.24 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Rochester's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 26 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 27% from 2020's figure of 33 crimes.

Rochester 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Kent

29% higher, regional crime rate

South East

28% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rochester is 29% higher than the South East and 28% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rochester Crime Rate Over Time

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Rochester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Rochester represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Rochester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211016,747
20201026,754
20191187,857
20181137,502
2017996,611
2016765,065

Crime in Rochester Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Rochester This Year

 RochesterKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,38320.8037,00419.89 4.4% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft260.399640.52 33% safer
Burglary1872.815,9703.21 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6619.9419,28110.36 4.2% safer
Drugs1021.534,0152.16 41% safer
Other Crime2283.435,3902.90 15% more dangerous
Other Theft4146.2311,0375.93 4.8% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons550.831,2200.66 20% more dangerous
Public Order5548.3313,7447.39 11% more dangerous
Robbery530.801,0640.57 29% more dangerous
Shoplifting5097.658,8494.76 38% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.517940.43 16% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2924.397,9234.26 3.0% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,63254.6182,36844.27 19% more dangerous

Rochester Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells3,71361.0166% safer
Ashford6,85091.0211% safer
Maidstone10,94791.3011% safer
Rochester6,747101.45-
Gillingham11,987110.398% more dangerous
Chatham9,392116.2113% more dangerous
Margate8,388127.6821% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rochester

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Recent Crimes in Rochester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Maidstone RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sarafand GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farmdale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Smetham GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Peter StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Borstal StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hawser RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fleet RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silver Streak WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near London RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near City WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Vicarage RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Epaul LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stock CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Clive RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maidstone RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Havisham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South Eastern RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Alma PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Rochester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19192921 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.600.470.500.39 Safer
Burglary4.863.82.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111010 Safer
Drugs1.41.42.11.5 Getting worse
Other Crime3.64.24.03.4 Safer
Other Theft101076 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.720.780.83 Getting worse
Public Order13988 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.31.10.80 Safer
Shoplifting81088 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.560.420.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime81064.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49545055 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93154% safer
Birmingham49.60105% safer
Barnet67.0851% safer
Croydon82.4823% safer
Sheffield90.0313% safer
Bristol90.5212% safer
Rochester101.45-
Leicester111.599% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0618% more dangerous
Bradford132.2823% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% more dangerous

Crime in Rochester's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Broomhill32154Seventh
Rede Common55484Fifth
Rochester East781116Fourth
Rochester South East35354Sixth
Rochester West1,377183First
Strood North & Frindsbury1,109131Third
Strood South & Temple Marsh1,439146Second

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 BehaviourRochester South East (65)Rochester West (357)
Bicycle TheftRochester South East (1)Strood North & Frindsbury (7)
BurglaryBroomhill (2)Rochester West (49)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBroomhill (30)Rochester West (153)
DrugsBroomhill (2)Rochester West (25)
Other CrimeRochester South East (13)Strood South & Temple Marsh (55)
Other TheftRochester South East (13)Rochester West (89)
Possession of WeaponsRede Common (2)Rochester West (15)
Public OrderBroomhill (19)Strood South & Temple Marsh (135)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Broomhill (1)Rochester West (14)
ShopliftingRede Common (3)Strood South & Temple Marsh (202)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Broomhill (1)Strood North & Frindsbury (12)
Vehicle CrimeRochester South East (17)Rochester West (56)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBroomhill (149)Rochester West (798)

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 600% 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. Public Order saw a fall in every month of Rochester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+126%+90%+75%+87%+38%+17%+8%+28%+72%
Bicycle Theft--80%+150%+100%+250%--25%-75%-50%-50%
Burglary-31%-63%-23%-41%-46%-22%-21%-14%-67%-42%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-12%-12%-25%+28%+2%-5%-2%-22%-5%
Drugs+120%+200%+133%+160%+200%-10%-38%+8%+10%+100%
Other Crime+4%--23%+100%-18%+65%-17%-41%-5%+19%
Other Theft-49%-56%-43%-49%-23%-31%-29%-27%-28%-44%
Possession of Weapons--40%+150%-+400%-29%-67%+200%-29%-14%
Public Order-19%-31%-35%-20%-36%-18%-6%--22%-25%
Robbery-50%-44%-38%-80%+600%-33%-43%-10%+13%+33%
Shoplifting-17%-35%-23%-39%+39%+15%+45%-35%-54%-58%
Theft From the Person-25%+100%-80%-50%-33%--50%-83%+200%-
Vehicle Crime-46%-73%-69%-52%-23%-4%-68%-38%-24%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+9%-14%-12%-17%+14%+4%-8%-3%-23%-19%

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 among the top 5 most dangerous major towns 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 bicycle theft.

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