Sevenoaks Crime Overview

Sevenoaks is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 99th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sevenoaks in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sevenoaks is the 242nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,672nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Sevenoaks was the worst small town in Kent for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Sevenoaks residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Sevenoaks recorded 11 reports of other theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.50 the worst small town for other theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Sevenoaks are violence and sexual offences, with 475 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 1.7% lower than 2019's figure of 483 offences and a difference of 0.36 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Sevenoaks's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 40% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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

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Crime in Sevenoaks Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Sevenoaks This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38317.3648,31625.9750% safer
Bicycle Theft200.911,1650.6331% more dangerous
Burglary753.407,0893.8112% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1597.2118,62210.0139% safer
Drugs472.134,2172.277% safer
Other Crime421.905,1152.7545% safer
Other Theft1104.9910,9545.8918% safer
Possession of Weapons100.451,3510.7362% safer
Public Order1165.2613,1587.0734% safer
Robbery140.631,3090.7011% safer
Shoplifting24110.929,2254.9655% more dangerous
Theft From the Person210.958340.4553% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1275.769,0874.8815% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences47521.5376,37441.0591% safer

Sevenoaks Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tenterden43655.8818% safer
Walmer48659.4611% safer
Hawkinge53460.849% safer
Aylesford73264.043.1% safer
Southborough80064.871.8% safer
Paddock Wood55067.732.5% more dangerous
Hoo St. Werburgh69468.073.0% more dangerous
East Malling and Larkfield1,01268.944.2% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,18669.244.6% more dangerous
Edenbridge74876.6014% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sevenoaks

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Sevenoaks Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour15101317Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson8877Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft8885.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.320.270.45Getting worse
Public Order4.6865Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.320.730.63Getting worse
Shoplifting961011Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.410.730.95Getting worse
Vehicle Crime6976Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21272222Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.712.5% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2838% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Sevenoaks's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sevenoaks North61260Second
Sevenoaks Town & Weald88384First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+56%+76%+31%+50%+86%+52%-6%+33%+10%+60%
Bicycle Theft-67%-75%--75%-60%+300%-60%-+100%-80%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%+8%+150%-8%-10%-31%+33%-39%-18%+10%
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%
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 20 most dangerous small towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021