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Crime and Safety in Sittingbourne, Kent

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Sittingbourne is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sittingbourne in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sittingbourne is the 45th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 554th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Sittingbourne had the worst crime rate in Kent for theft from the person, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Sittingbourne residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Sittingbourne recorded 8 reports of other crime during June 2015, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst for other crime in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Sittingbourne are violence and sexual offences, with 2,692 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 2,444 offences and a difference of 4.63 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Sittingbourne's least common crime is theft from the person, with 24 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 21% from 2020's figure of 29 crimes.

Sittingbourne 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

28% higher, regional crime rate

South East

28% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sittingbourne is 28% higher than the South East and 28% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sittingbourne Crime Rate Over Time

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Sittingbourne Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Sittingbourne 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 Sittingbourne

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211015,383
2020975,202
20191146,101
20181136,060
2017934,964
2016753,999

Crime in Sittingbourne Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Sittingbourne This Year

 SittingbourneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,28123.9237,00419.89 17% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft450.849640.52 38% more dangerous
Burglary2334.355,9703.21 26% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson61311.4519,28110.36 10% more dangerous
Drugs931.744,0152.16 24% safer
Other Crime1643.065,3902.90 5% more dangerous
Other Theft3616.7411,0375.93 12% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons380.711,2200.66 7% more dangerous
Public Order4638.6513,7447.39 15% more dangerous
Robbery340.631,0640.57 10% more dangerous
Shoplifting4227.888,8494.76 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person240.457940.43 4.4% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2013.757,9234.26 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,69250.2782,36844.27 12% more dangerous

Sittingbourne Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,02460.9065% safer
Herne Bay2,78168.0448% safer
Tonbridge2,83268.5547% safer
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.5933% safer
Sittingbourne5,383100.52-
Dartford6,222105.614.8% more dangerous
Gravesend6,514111.0810% more dangerous
Northfleet3,578119.0316% more dangerous
Folkestone5,936121.3217% more dangerous
Ramsgate6,112145.7631% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sittingbourne

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Recent Crimes in Sittingbourne

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cherry CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arthur StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cavell WayOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Prince Charles AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liege CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newbridge AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peregrine DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near B2006Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Merleburgh DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elm GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tonge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sittingbourne Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tavistock CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cherry CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shortlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Ridham AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Sittingbourne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20233124 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.20.820.84 Safer
Burglary564.34.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121111 Safer
Drugs0.990.821.31.7 Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.92.93.1 Getting worse
Other Theft9987 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.750.860.71 Getting worse
Public Order13989 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.800.930.540.63 Safer
Shoplifting131598 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.800.540.45 Safer
Vehicle Crime8753.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45474650 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93152% safer
Birmingham49.60103% safer
Barnet67.0850% safer
Croydon82.4822% safer
Sheffield90.0312% safer
Bristol90.5211% safer
Sittingbourne100.52-
Leicester111.5910% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0618% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% more dangerous

Crime in Sittingbourne's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sittingbourne Central & Milton Regis2,007224First
Sittingbourne East866102Second
Sittingbourne West47057Third

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%+69%+101%+34%+27%+26%+7%+40%+12%+30%
Bicycle Theft-60%-55%+20%+50%+50%-50%-63%-40%--50%
Burglary-12%-61%-24%-30%+31%-50%-67%-11%-14%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-49%-39%-4%-22%-11%+32%+20%-19%-4%
Drugs-+43%+14%+17%+350%+100%+250%-+200%+67%
Other Crime+6%+59%-29%-21%+8%-19%-13%--58%+60%
Other Theft+26%+12%-48%-30%-24%-3%--18%-30%-43%
Possession of Weapons-17%-67%+300%-80%---71%+80%--75%
Public Order-29%-24%-24%-24%-9%+51%-2%+17%-19%-21%
Robbery-57%-80%--50%+133%-83%+67%-60%-33%-50%
Shoplifting-56%-75%-52%-54%-34%-2%-54%-11%-49%-24%
Theft From the Person-40%---25%--50%-50%+25%-33%-40%
Vehicle Crime-15%-44%-56%+163%-28%-43%-77%-23%-22%-34%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-34%-17%+6%+5%+24%+5%+7%-15%-14%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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