Sittingbourne Crime Overview

Sittingbourne is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sittingbourne in 2020 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sittingbourne is the 47th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 578th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Sittingbourne had the worst crime rate in Kent for shoplifting, with 41 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.77 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Sittingbourne are violence and sexual offences, with 2,400 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 4.2% lower than 2019's figure of 2,500 offences and a difference of 1.87 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Sittingbourne's least common crime is robbery, with 29 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 72% from 2019's figure of 50 crimes.

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Crime in Sittingbourne Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Sittingbourne This Year

 SittingbourneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,64530.7248,31625.9715% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft440.821,1650.6323% more dangerous
Burglary2194.097,0893.817% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson56310.5118,62210.014.8% more dangerous
Drugs711.334,2172.2771% safer
Other Crime1602.995,1152.758% more dangerous
Other Theft4017.4910,9545.8921% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons460.861,3510.7315% more dangerous
Public Order4277.9713,1587.0711% more dangerous
Robbery290.541,3090.7030% safer
Shoplifting4538.469,2254.9641% more dangerous
Theft From the Person290.548340.4517% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2785.199,0874.886% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,40044.8176,37441.058% more dangerous

Sittingbourne Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,00060.1859% safer
Herne Bay2,54162.1654% safer
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,72966.9543% safer
Tonbridge2,99972.5932% safer
Sittingbourne5,12095.60-
Dartford5,77698.042.5% more dangerous
Northfleet3,485115.9318% more dangerous
Gravesend6,865117.0718% more dangerous
Folkestone6,191126.5424% more dangerous
Ramsgate5,826138.9431% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sittingbourne

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Sittingbourne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27202331Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.81.20.82Safer
Burglary6564.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121211Safer
Drugs0.540.950.821.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.52.93.0Getting worse
Other Theft8997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.540.750.86Getting worse
Public Order81398Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.750.730.930.54Safer
Shoplifting913158Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.690.450.800.54Safer
Vehicle Crime8875Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34454745Getting worse

Changes In Sittingbourne's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sittingbourne's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Sittingbourne that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Field9---312.0
Rectory Playing Field3--1201.6

Comparing Sittingbourne to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7141% safer
Coventry77.4123% safer
Croydon83.2215% safer
Sheffield85.8111% safer
Bristol86.2111% safer
Sittingbourne95.60-
Leicester97.441.9% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Sittingbourne's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sittingbourne Central & Milton Regis1,843206First
Sittingbourne East78192Second
Sittingbourne West40549Third

Crime in Sittingbourne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sittingbourne change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Sittingbourne saw a 350% increase in drugs. Sittingbourne saw a large fall in robbery during August, when it fell by 83% compared to August in 2019. Rates of burglary and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Sittingbourne's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+4%+70%+105%+31%+25%+28%+7%+40%+11%+32%
Bicycle Theft-60%-55%+20%+50%+50%-50%-63%-40%--50%
Burglary-24%-61%-24%-19%+43%-53%-71%-8%-11%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-46%-38%-4%-21%-11%+38%+24%-17%-6%
Drugs-+43%+14%+17%+350%+100%+250%-+150%+67%
Other Crime+6%+59%-29%-15%+8%-19%+7%--67%+80%
Other Theft+26%+10%-47%-36%-27%-+3%-18%-35%-45%
Possession of Weapons-17%-67%+300%-80%---71%+80%--75%
Public Order-29%-24%-24%-22%-7%+54%-4%+17%-19%-24%
Robbery-57%-80%--50%+133%-83%+67%-60%-33%-50%
Shoplifting-58%-74%-52%-54%-34%-7%-54%-10%-49%-24%
Theft From the Person-40%---25%--50%-50%+25%-33%-40%
Vehicle Crime-6%-47%-53%+163%-32%-47%-77%-27%-22%-30%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-29%-19%+7%+3%+21%+4%+8%-14%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sittingbourne

What police force serves Sittingbourne?
Sittingbourne's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Sittingbourne?
Sittingbourne is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Kent.
What is Sittingbourne's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sittingbourne are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sittingbourne?
Sittingbourne's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021