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Crime and Safety in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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Royal Tunbridge Wells is the safest major town in Kent, and is the 129th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2021 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 43% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Royal Tunbridge Wells is the 22nd safest major town, and the 2,105th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2016, Royal Tunbridge Wells had the worst crime rate in Kent for theft from the person, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Royal Tunbridge Wells are violence and sexual offences, with 1,848 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 0.97% higher than 2020's figure of 1,830 offences and a difference of 0.30 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Royal Tunbridge Wells's least common crime is robbery, with 20 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 10% from 2020's figure of 18 crimes.

Royal Tunbridge Wells 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Kent

18% lower, regional crime rate

South East

19% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Royal Tunbridge Wells is 18% lower than the South East and 19% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Royal Tunbridge Wells Crime Rate Over Time

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Royal Tunbridge Wells Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Royal Tunbridge Wells 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 Royal Tunbridge Wells

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021613,713
2020643,865
2019734,444
2018744,506
2017593,568
2016482,894

Crime in Royal Tunbridge Wells Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Royal Tunbridge Wells This Year

 Royal Tunbridge WellsKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour78712.9337,00419.89 54% safer
Bicycle Theft350.589640.52 10% more dangerous
Burglary1512.485,9703.21 29% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4086.7019,28110.36 55% safer
Drugs1302.144,0152.16 0.93% safer
Other Crime951.565,3902.90 86% safer
Other Theft2614.2911,0375.93 38% safer
Possession of Weapons270.441,2200.66 50% safer
Public Order3215.2713,7447.39 40% safer
Robbery200.331,0640.57 73% safer
Shoplifting2534.168,8494.76 14% safer
Theft From the Person270.447940.43 2.3% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1372.257,9234.26 89% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,84830.3782,36844.27 46% safer

Royal Tunbridge Wells Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells3,71361.01-
Ashford6,85091.0233% more dangerous
Maidstone10,94791.3033% more dangerous
Rochester6,747101.4540% more dangerous
Gillingham11,987110.3945% more dangerous
Chatham9,392116.2148% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Recent Crimes in Royal Tunbridge Wells

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Somerville GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lonsdale GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near East Cliff RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near White Bear PassageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near London RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cherry Tree RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chenies CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kirkdale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Caley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chestnut AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodbury Park GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St John'S ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Montacute RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Clarendon GardensFurther investigation is not in the public interest

Royal Tunbridge Wells Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12142113 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.920.610.310.58 Safer
Burglary3.63.22.52.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8877 Safer
Drugs1.62.12.02.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.91.71.6 Safer
Other Theft774.44.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.510.510.44 Getting worse
Public Order8665 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.540.760.300.33 Safer
Shoplifting8964.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.920.940.510.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.83.32.52.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31313030 Getting worse

Changes In Royal Tunbridge Wells's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Royal Tunbridge Wells's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Royal Tunbridge Wells that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Grosvenor Recreation Ground3----50.56
Hilbert Recreation Ground3----31.6
Mary Caley Recreation Ground2----016

Comparing Royal Tunbridge Wells to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9353% safer
Birmingham49.6023% safer
Royal Tunbridge Wells61.01-
Barnet67.089% more dangerous
Croydon82.4826% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0332% more dangerous
Bristol90.5233% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Royal Tunbridge Wells's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ramslye & Rusthall742115Second
Tunbridge Wells Central1,275128First
Tunbridge Wells South33238Fourth
Tunbridge Wells West30639Third

Royal Tunbridge Wells Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourTunbridge Wells West (47)Tunbridge Wells Central (278)
Bicycle TheftTunbridge Wells West (1)Tunbridge Wells Central (20)
BurglaryTunbridge Wells West (13)Tunbridge Wells Central (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTunbridge Wells West (31)Ramslye & Rusthall (99)
DrugsTunbridge Wells West (2)Tunbridge Wells Central (72)
Other CrimeTunbridge Wells South (4)Ramslye & Rusthall (20)
Other TheftTunbridge Wells West (15)Tunbridge Wells Central (104)
Possession of WeaponsTunbridge Wells South (1)Tunbridge Wells Central (10)
Public OrderTunbridge Wells West (22)Ramslye & Rusthall (73)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Tunbridge Wells South (1)Tunbridge Wells Central (14)
ShopliftingTunbridge Wells South (5)Tunbridge Wells Central (126)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Tunbridge Wells South (1)Tunbridge Wells Central (16)
Vehicle CrimeTunbridge Wells West (13)Ramslye & Rusthall (29)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTunbridge Wells South (159)Ramslye & Rusthall (385)

Crime in Royal Tunbridge Wells During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Royal Tunbridge Wells change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Royal Tunbridge Wells saw a 200% increase in possession of weapons. Royal Tunbridge Wells saw a large fall in vehicle crime during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Royal Tunbridge Wells's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+117%+134%+23%+26%+43%+54%+75%+22%+56%
Bicycle Theft+100%---80%------33%
Burglary-21%-60%-13%-63%--50%-6%-7%-14%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson+32%-55%-24%-29%-3%+61%-39%+27%+18%-22%
Drugs-36%---17%+80%-40%+17%+36%-35%-42%
Other Crime+17%-44%+11%-33%-45%+100%--42%-13%+67%
Other Theft-11%-64%-66%-17%+14%-64%-52%-21%-46%-20%
Possession of Weapons-29%---50%-50%+50%-33%+200%--67%
Public Order+14%-39%-37%-9%-9%+21%-21%+26%-14%-32%
Robbery----67%-33%-83%+33%-50%-50%-
Shoplifting+9%-77%-67%-50%-30%-20%-48%+20%-41%-51%
Theft From the Person-25%-67%-50%--75%-33%+67%+33%-70%-
Vehicle Crime-86%-38%-43%-+56%-46%-45%-6%-35%-36%
Violence and Sexual Offences+54%-12%-10%-5%-37%+18%-4%+19%-25%-1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Royal Tunbridge Wells

What police force serves Royal Tunbridge Wells?
Royal Tunbridge Wells's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is Royal Tunbridge Wells?
Royal Tunbridge Wells is the safest major town in Kent.

What is Royal Tunbridge Wells's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Royal Tunbridge Wells are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Royal Tunbridge Wells?
Royal Tunbridge Wells's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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