Stone Crime Overview

Stone is the second most dangerous small town in Kent, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stone in 2020 was 179 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 52% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stone is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns, and the 88th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2019, Stone had the worst crime rate in Kent for shoplifting, with 65 crimes reported and a crime rate of 4.9 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2016 was also a bad month for Stone residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.60 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Stone are violence and sexual offences, with 1,083 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 81. This is 25% higher than 2019's figure of 817 offences and a difference of 19.96 from 2019's crime rate of 61. Stone's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 56% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Stone Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Stone This Year

 StoneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour40930.6848,31625.9715% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.681,1650.637% more dangerous
Burglary685.107,0893.8125% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21916.4318,62210.0139% more dangerous
Drugs443.304,2172.2731% more dangerous
Other Crime564.205,1152.7535% more dangerous
Other Theft13710.2810,9545.8943% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons161.201,3510.7339% more dangerous
Public Order15111.3313,1587.0738% more dangerous
Robbery181.351,3090.7048% more dangerous
Shoplifting43632.719,2254.9685% more dangerous
Theft From the Person191.438340.4569% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1269.459,0874.8848% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,08381.2576,37441.0549% more dangerous

Stone Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Deal1,64277.94129% safer
Faversham1,77888.44102% safer
Snodland1,06389.53100% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,70095.2088% safer
Swanley1,73899.7579% safer
Stone2,382178.69-
Sheerness2,515187.434.7% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stone

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Stone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20171831Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.900.450.300.68Getting worse
Burglary6665Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16181616Safer
Drugs2.41.82.63.3Getting worse
Other Crime4.564.64.2Safer
Other Theft22171510Safer
Possession of Weapons1.40.980.601.2Getting worse
Public Order11151311Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.981.72.11.4Safer
Shoplifting64534533Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.82.01.4Safer
Vehicle Crime1516199Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences60706181Getting worse

Changes In Stone's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stone's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Stone Recreation Ground41-2-31.8

Comparing Stone to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71164% safer
Coventry77.41131% safer
Croydon83.22115% safer
Sheffield85.81108% safer
Bristol86.21107% safer
Leicester97.4483% safer
Birmingham102.8774% safer
Liverpool107.2867% safer
Bradford133.0234% safer
Leeds137.1030% safer
Stone178.69-

Crime in Stone's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Stone & Crossways1,527203First

Crime in Stone During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stone change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Stone saw a 600% increase in drugs. Stone saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 99% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Stone's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+92%+195%+260%+95%+4%+104%-25%+33%+88%+56%
Bicycle Theft-+100%--------
Burglary--40%+133%+67%-56%-40%-33%-25%+40%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%+15%-21%-5%+17%-33%+25%+50%-4%-8%
Drugs+150%-60%--50%+20%+600%+50%-43%-33%-67%
Other Crime-+25%-50%-60%-25%+125%-20%+14%-43%+300%
Other Theft-29%-75%-18%-67%-45%-18%-53%+25%-63%-18%
Possession of Weapons+200%----+100%-+300%--
Public Order+11%-21%-50%-40%+8%-7%+36%+69%-64%+70%
Robbery----+100%-75%---33%-79%
Shoplifting+20%-99%--86%+39%+12%+39%+53%-74%-42%
Theft From the Person+100%---75%-75%+100%+400%-75%--67%
Vehicle Crime-29%-84%-76%-27%-50%-72%-27%+7%-88%-79%
Violence and Sexual Offences+27%-13%+24%+27%+46%+93%+69%+66%+12%+76%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stone

What police force serves Stone?
Stone's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Stone?
Stone is the second most dangerous small town in Kent.
What is Stone's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Stone are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Stone?
Stone's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021