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Crime and Safety in Sevenoaks

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Sevenoaks is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 112nd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 331 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sevenoaks in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sevenoaks is the 305th most dangerous small town, and the 1,867th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Sevenoaks was the worst small town in Kent for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Sevenoaks residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Sevenoaks recorded 18 reports of other theft during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst small town for other theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Sevenoaks are violence and sexual offences, with 541 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 475 offences and a difference of 2.99 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Sevenoaks's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 14 crimes.

Sevenoaks 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Kent

11% lower, regional crime rate

South East

18% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sevenoaks is 11% lower than the South East and 18% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sevenoaks Crime Rate Over Time

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Sevenoaks Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Sevenoaks

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021651,426
2020661,457
2019741,642
2018801,754
2017701,555
2016501,106

Crime in Sevenoaks Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Sevenoaks This Year

 SevenoaksKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39417.8637,00419.89 11% safer
Bicycle Theft351.599640.52 67% more dangerous
Burglary763.445,9703.21 7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1396.3019,28110.36 64% safer
Drugs321.454,0152.16 49% safer
Other Crime221.005,3902.90 190% safer
Other Theft1416.3911,0375.93 7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.361,2200.66 83% safer
Public Order1205.4413,7447.39 36% safer
Robbery70.321,0640.57 78% safer
Shoplifting1878.488,8494.76 44% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.327940.43 34% safer
Vehicle Crime1115.037,9234.26 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences54124.5282,37144.27 81% safer

Sevenoaks Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingsnorth57345.5542% safer
Walmer47758.3611% safer
Boxley56158.6910% safer
Southborough77362.683.1% safer
Hythe96063.342.1% safer
Sevenoaks1,42664.64-
Aylesford74665.260.95% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.374.1% more dangerous
Tenterden53368.315% more dangerous
Paddock Wood56669.707% more dangerous
East Malling and Larkfield1,02469.767% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sevenoaks

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Recent Crimes in Sevenoaks

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greatness LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near White Hart CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Woodland RiseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The AcornsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Garden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pembroke RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near North View RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hospital RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Buckhurst AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near South ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Sevenoaks Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10131718 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.70.911.6 Getting worse
Burglary873.43.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776 Safer
Drugs1.52.02.11.4 Safer
Other Crime1.42.21.91.0 Safer
Other Theft885.06 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.270.450.36 Getting worse
Public Order8655 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.730.630.32 Safer
Shoplifting610118 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.410.730.950.32 Safer
Vehicle Crime9765 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27222225 Getting worse

Changes In Sevenoaks's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sevenoaks's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bradbourne Lakes1----52.0
Greatness Park Playing Field912-623.3
Kippington Meadow Recreation Ground-----21.7
Knole Paddock71---21.6
Vine Pleasure Ground4--2-12.9

Comparing Sevenoaks to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sevenoaks64.64-
Barnet67.083.6% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0528% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Coventry102.2437% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6450% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Sevenoaks's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sevenoaks North67967Second
Sevenoaks Town & Weald90687First

Crime in Sevenoaks During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sevenoaks change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Sevenoaks saw a 800% increase in drugs. Sevenoaks saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+56%+76%+31%+50%+86%+52%-6%+33%+10%+60%
Bicycle Theft-67%-75%--75%-60%+300%-60%-+100%-80%
Burglary--63%--75%-11%-73%-50%-44%-76%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%+8%+150%-8%-10%-31%+33%-39%-18%+10%
Drugs--67%+100%+200%+800%+400%+17%-75%-83%-67%
Other Crime-50%+33%-17%+75%--56%--50%+133%-33%
Other Theft+100%-77%-40%-65%-45%-56%-80%-27%-44%+83%
Possession of Weapons+100%---+100%-----
Public Order+150%-15%-56%-38%-31%+86%+100%-40%-30%+40%
Robbery--+100%---+50%-+200%-
Shoplifting+108%-66%-58%+154%+5%--40%+123%+5%+25%
Theft From the Person-67%----+100%+100%+100%--
Vehicle Crime--88%+40%+18%+23%+33%-59%-43%--36%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-14%+3%-27%-35%+29%+59%+2%-20%-9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sevenoaks

What police force serves Sevenoaks?
Sevenoaks's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is Sevenoaks?
Sevenoaks is among the top 10 safest small town in Kent.

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

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

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