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Crime and Safety in Sheerness, Kent

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Sheerness is the second most dangerous small town in Kent, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sheerness in 2021 was 184 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 52% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sheerness is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns, and the 92nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Sheerness was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for criminal damage and arson, with 33 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Sheerness residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.89 per 1,000 residents. Sheerness recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Sheerness are violence and sexual offences, with 1,324 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 99. This is 1.9% lower than 2020's figure of 1,349 offences and a difference of 1.87 from 2020's crime rate of 101. Sheerness's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 12 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 58% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Sheerness 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Kent

61% higher, regional crime rate

South East

60% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sheerness is 61% higher than the South East and 60% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sheerness Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Sheerness 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 Sheerness

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211842,467
20201872,515
20191922,574
20181932,584
20171682,251
20161191,593

Crime in Sheerness Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Sheerness This Year

 SheernessKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour44933.4637,00419.89 41% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.899640.52 42% more dangerous
Burglary977.235,9703.21 56% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson30322.5819,28110.36 54% more dangerous
Drugs423.134,0152.16 31% more dangerous
Other Crime906.715,3902.90 57% more dangerous
Other Theft1138.4211,0375.93 30% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons181.341,2200.66 51% more dangerous
Public Order19714.6813,7447.39 50% more dangerous
Robbery261.941,0640.57 71% more dangerous
Shoplifting17112.748,8494.76 63% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.897940.43 52% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime624.627,9234.26 8% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,32498.6782,36844.27 55% more dangerous

Sheerness Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Deal1,83487.06111% safer
Snodland1,04688.10109% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,63691.62101% safer
Faversham1,86192.5699% safer
Swanley1,856106.5373% safer
Sheerness2,467183.86-
Stone2,609195.726% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sheerness

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Recent Crimes in Sheerness

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barnsley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Chilham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Royal RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vincent GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Alma StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Jefferson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Granville RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Royal RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rose StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Invicta RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BroadwayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Barnsley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bonetta CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Trinity RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fonblanque RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Sheerness Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35323833 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.21.51.40.89 Safer
Burglary7677 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson25212123 Safer
Drugs2.83.14.03.1 Getting worse
Other Crime5.0767 Getting worse
Other Theft111188 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.81.61.51.3 Getting worse
Public Order24141315 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.12.21.51.9 Getting worse
Shoplifting11231713 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.971.20.600.89 Safer
Vehicle Crime11964.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences889110199 Getting worse

Changes In Sheerness's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sheerness's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Festival Playing Field-----10.35

Comparing Sheerness to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93360% safer
Birmingham49.60271% safer
Barnet67.08174% safer
Croydon82.48123% safer
Sheffield90.03104% safer
Bristol90.52103% safer
Leicester111.5965% safer
Liverpool123.0649% safer
Bradford132.2839% safer
Leeds150.9422% safer
Sheerness183.86-

Crime in Sheerness's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sheerness East1,326199First
Sheerness West1,167173Second

Crime in Sheerness During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sheerness change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Sheerness saw a 500% increase in drugs. Sheerness saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 88% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+140%+36%-19%-21%-6%+12%+22%+4%-
Bicycle Theft--80%--+150%-----
Burglary+88%+150%+67%+100%+100%-50%-80%--36%+60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-16%-53%+5%+38%+73%-20%-25%--18%
Drugs+300%+200%+67%--25%-88%+500%-63%+67%+20%
Other Crime+63%+80%-29%+80%-25%-53%-55%+50%+17%-60%
Other Theft-63%+18%-42%-45%-29%-44%-46%-60%+17%-25%
Possession of Weapons-+100%+100%+300%--50%-33%-75%-+100%
Public Order-18%+59%-7%+120%-5%-25%-38%+17%-14%-17%
Robbery--75%-+200%---50%--60%-50%
Shoplifting+80%-25%-29%+10%-73%-79%-73%-33%-80%-67%
Theft From the Person--------50%--
Vehicle Crime-57%-70%-78%+40%+80%-14%-88%+80%-54%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences+26%-26%+6%+34%+52%-2%+27%+26%--19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sheerness

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

How dangerous is Sheerness?
Sheerness is the second most dangerous small town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Sheerness?
Sheerness's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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