Southborough Crime Overview

Southborough is among the top 20 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 106th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southborough in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southborough is the 254th most dangerous small town, and the 1,750th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Southborough was the worst small town in Kent for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2016 was also a bad month for Southborough residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Southborough are violence and sexual offences, with 421 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 355 offences and a difference of 5.35 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Southborough's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Southborough Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Southborough This Year

 SouthboroughKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20816.8748,31625.9754% safer
Bicycle Theft50.411,1650.6354% safer
Burglary312.517,0893.8152% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1018.1918,62210.0122% safer
Drugs181.464,2172.2755% safer
Other Crime383.085,1152.7511% more dangerous
Other Theft554.4610,9545.8932% safer
Possession of Weapons80.651,3510.7312% safer
Public Order564.5413,1587.0756% safer
Robbery40.321,3090.70119% safer
Shoplifting110.899,2254.96457% safer
Theft From the Person40.328340.4541% safer
Vehicle Crime483.899,0874.8825% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42134.1476,37441.0520% safer

Southborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hythe84655.8216% safer
Tenterden43655.8816% safer
Walmer48659.469% safer
Hawkinge53460.847% safer
Aylesford73264.041.3% safer
Southborough80064.87-
Sevenoaks1,45766.041.8% more dangerous
Paddock Wood55067.734.2% more dangerous
Hoo St. Werburgh69468.074.7% more dangerous
East Malling and Larkfield1,01268.946% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,18669.246% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southborough

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Recent Crimes in Southborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Other theftOn or near Stewart RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stewart RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaFurther investigation is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Brookhurst GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bright RidgeUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Andrew RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Andrew RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lady'S Gift RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lady'S Gift RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Public orderOn or near Park RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Park RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Bondfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Chestnut CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Southborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1691017Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.320.160.410.41Getting worse
Burglary4.54.34.82.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9688Getting worse
Drugs1.10.651.31.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.92.03.1Getting worse
Other Theft3.7664.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.240.320.65Getting worse
Public Order5654.5Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.160.320.410.32Getting worse
Shoplifting0.731.11.50.89Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.160.080.160.32Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.33.54.83.9Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26302934Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pennington Grounds11--154.2

Comparing Southborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Southborough64.87-
Barnet67.714.2% more dangerous
Coventry77.4116% more dangerous
Croydon83.2222% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2125% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2840% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1053% more dangerous

Crime in Southborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Southborough West42151First

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 93% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+258%+211%+200%--+83%+113%+425%-
Bicycle Theft-50%---------
Burglary---50%-83%-80%--43%-25%-+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-75%-20%+50%-10%+14%+33%-43%+57%+33%-62%
Drugs-------50%---
Other Crime+300%-67%+67%+200%+200%+50%+200%-33%+50%-
Other Theft-63%-40%+200%-29%-93%-+400%-29%-64%+500%
Possession of Weapons--------50%--
Public Order-25%+300%-71%-67%-25%-40%-67%+25%+67%-
Robbery----------
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime--33%-+100%-50%-17%--17%-14%+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+119%+37%+16%-48%+21%-16%+64%-8%+41%+71%

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 20 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021