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Crime and Safety in Southborough

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Southborough is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 123rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southborough in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 39% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southborough is the 319th most dangerous small town, and the 1,971st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Southborough was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Southborough residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.49 per 1,000 residents. Southborough recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Southborough are violence and sexual offences, with 464 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 1.5% lower than 2020's figure of 471 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Southborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Southborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Kent

15% lower, regional crime rate

South East

16% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southborough is 15% lower than the South East and 16% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Southborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Southborough 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 Southborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202163773
202072886
201968838
201864791
201758720
201639487

Crime in Southborough Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Southborough This Year

 SouthboroughKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17614.2737,00419.89 39% safer
Bicycle Theft50.419640.52 27% safer
Burglary322.595,9703.21 24% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson816.5719,28110.36 58% safer
Drugs151.224,0152.16 77% safer
Other Crime272.195,3902.90 32% safer
Other Theft302.4311,0375.93 144% safer
Possession of Weapons30.241,2200.66 175% safer
Public Order665.3513,7447.39 38% safer
Robbery40.321,0640.57 78% safer
Shoplifting120.978,8494.76 391% safer
Theft From the Person50.417940.43 4.9% safer
Vehicle Crime292.357,9234.26 81% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46437.6382,36844.27 18% safer

Southborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bearsted25129.99109% safer
Kings Hill34837.6167% safer
Kingsnorth57345.5538% safer
Walmer47758.367% safer
Boxley56158.697% safer
Southborough77362.68-
Hythe96063.341.0% more dangerous
Sevenoaks1,42664.643.0% more dangerous
Aylesford74665.264.0% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.377% more dangerous
Tenterden53368.318% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southborough

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Recent Crimes in Southborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheffield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Garlinge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hythe CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bright RidgeAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Other theftOn or near Pennington PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Still LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Powdermill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Horizon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chestnut CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Church RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Powdermill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near Little Boundes CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Salisbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Nursery RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheffield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Doon BraeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Draper StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bright RidgeUnable to prosecute suspect

Southborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10111814 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.160.410.410.41 Getting worse
Burglary4.85.02.72.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7897 Safer
Drugs0.811.31.61.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.23.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft664.62.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.320.730.24 Safer
Public Order7655 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.570.410.32 Safer
Shoplifting1.41.60.890.97 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.080.160.320.41 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.654.02.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31313838 Getting worse

Changes In Southborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Southborough's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pennington Grounds11--154.2

Comparing Southborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9357% safer
Birmingham49.6026% safer
Southborough62.68-
Barnet67.087% more dangerous
Croydon82.4824% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0330% more dangerous
Bristol90.5231% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in Southborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Southborough West37746First

Crime in Southborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Southborough saw a 500% increase in other theft. Southborough saw a large fall in other theft during July, when it fell by 94% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+277%+175%+164%-7%-18%+71%+150%+450%-
Bicycle Theft-50%---------
Burglary--75%-29%-86%-60%--29%-40%-75%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-56%-10%+64%-9%+100%+50%-44%+86%+30%-67%
Drugs-------50%+100%+33%-
Other Crime+100%-67%+67%+200%+200%+100%+400%-33%+50%-
Other Theft-67%-33%+50%+14%-94%+40%+400%-29%-67%+500%
Possession of Weapons--------50%--
Public Order-29%+350%-43%-67%--43%-50%-29%+33%-20%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime--33%+17%+100%-58%-17%-20%-29%-14%+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+111%+57%+37%-39%+38%-14%+50%-10%+59%+44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southborough

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

How dangerous is Southborough?
Southborough is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Southborough?
Southborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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