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.
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Medium-Sized Towns, Kent
28% higher, regional crime rate
28% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
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.
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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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||1,281||23.92||37,004||19.89||17% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||45||0.84||964||0.52||38% more dangerous|
|Burglary||233||4.35||5,970||3.21||26% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||613||11.45||19,281||10.36||10% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||164||3.06||5,390||2.90||5% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||361||6.74||11,037||5.93||12% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||38||0.71||1,220||0.66||7% more dangerous|
|Public Order||463||8.65||13,744||7.39||15% more dangerous|
|Robbery||34||0.63||1,064||0.57||10% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||422||7.88||8,849||4.76||40% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||24||0.45||794||0.43||4.4% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||201||3.75||7,923||4.26||14% safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||2,692||50.27||82,368||44.27||12% more dangerous|
|Medium-Sized Town||Total Crimes||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Herne Bay||2,781||68.04||48% safer|
|Broadstairs and St. Peters||1,952||75.59||33% safer|
|Dartford||6,222||105.61||4.8% more dangerous|
|Gravesend||6,514||111.08||10% more dangerous|
|Northfleet||3,578||119.03||16% more dangerous|
|Folkestone||5,936||121.32||17% more dangerous|
|Ramsgate||6,112||145.76||31% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Cherry Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Arthur Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Cavell Way||Offender given a caution|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Prince Charles Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Liege Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Newbridge Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Peregrine Drive||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near B2006||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Merleburgh Drive||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Elm Grove||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Tonge Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Sittingbourne Police Station||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Supermarket||Further investigation is not in the public interest|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Tavistock Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Cherry Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Shortlands Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Ridham Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||20||23||31||24||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||12||12||11||11||Safer|
|Other Crime||2.5||2.9||2.9||3.1||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.52||0.75||0.86||0.71||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.80||0.93||0.54||0.63||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||0.47||0.80||0.54||0.45||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||45||47||46||50||Getting worse|
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|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|King George V Playing Field||9||-||-||-||3||1||2.0|
|Rectory Playing Field||3||-||-||1||2||0||1.6|
|Medium-Sized Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Leicester||111.59||10% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||18% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||24% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||33% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Sittingbourne Central & Milton Regis||2,007||224||First|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-30%||-49%||-39%||-4%||-22%||-11%||+32%||+20%||-19%||-4%|
|Possession of Weapons||-17%||-67%||+300%||-80%||-||-||-71%||+80%||-||-75%|
|Theft From the Person||-40%||-||-||-25%||-||-50%||-50%||+25%||-33%||-40%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-9%||-34%||-17%||+6%||+5%||+24%||+5%||+7%||-15%||-14%|