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Crime and Safety in Swanley

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Swanley is the third most dangerous small town in Kent, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swanley in 2021 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swanley is the 60th most dangerous small town, and the 464th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Swanley was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for criminal damage and arson, with 30 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.7 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Swanley residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Swanley recorded 6 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Swanley are violence and sexual offences, with 840 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 711 offences and a difference of 7.40 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Swanley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 75% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Swanley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Kent

33% higher, regional crime rate

South East

32% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Swanley is 33% higher than the South East and 32% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Swanley Crime Rate Over Time

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Swanley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Swanley 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 Swanley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211071,856
20201001,738
20191031,802
20181051,829
2017941,645
2016751,301

Crime in Swanley Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Swanley This Year

 SwanleyKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32318.5437,00419.89 7% safer
Bicycle Theft40.239640.52 126% safer
Burglary543.105,9703.21 3.5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson28416.3019,28110.36 36% more dangerous
Drugs422.414,0152.16 10% more dangerous
Other Crime522.985,3902.90 2.7% more dangerous
Other Theft1317.5211,0375.93 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.461,2200.66 43% safer
Public Order1488.4913,7447.39 13% more dangerous
Robbery50.291,0640.57 97% safer
Shoplifting1408.048,8494.76 41% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.347940.43 26% safer
Vehicle Crime1428.157,9234.26 48% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences84048.2182,36844.27 8% more dangerous

Swanley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Edenbridge83585.5125% safer
Deal1,83487.0622% safer
Snodland1,04688.1021% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,63691.6216% safer
Faversham1,86192.5615% safer
Swanley1,856106.53-
Sheerness2,467183.8642% more dangerous
Stone2,609195.7246% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swanley

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Recent Crimes in Swanley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Montague PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Court CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lesley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Goldsel RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lawn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Crescent GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sermon DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lavender HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near B258Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hewett PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near WaylandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Goldsel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Morello CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crescent GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garrolds CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Swanley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16182419 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.690.750.400.23 Safer
Burglary673.33.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12151316 Getting worse
Drugs2.22.22.52.4 Getting worse
Other Crime3.22.02.53.0 Getting worse
Other Theft9898 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.860.690.46 Safer
Public Order11988 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.750.690.460.29 Safer
Shoplifting78118 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.460.230.34 Safer
Vehicle Crime10988 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43424148 Getting worse

Changes In Swanley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Swanley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Swanley Park21-2-281.9

Comparing Swanley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93167% safer
Birmingham49.60115% safer
Barnet67.0859% safer
Croydon82.4829% safer
Sheffield90.0318% safer
Bristol90.5218% safer
Swanley106.53-
Leicester111.594.5% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0613% more dangerous
Bradford132.2819% more dangerous
Leeds150.9429% more dangerous

Crime in Swanley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swanley East & Hextable43260Second
Swanley West1,214126First

Crime in Swanley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Swanley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Swanley saw a 1,000% increase in drugs. Swanley saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Swanley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%+44%+65%+109%+15%+26%-19%-16%+36%+69%
Bicycle Theft--+50%---67%----
Burglary-54%-88%-73%+40%-92%-20%-20%-64%-77%-63%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-52%-58%+53%-13%-15%+10%+53%-15%+10%
Drugs-75%-33%+25%-60%+200%-40%-50%+400%-+1,000%
Other Crime-+250%-50%-25%-50%+100%-+300%-33%+33%
Other Theft-50%-72%-33%+50%+114%+400%-31%+31%+238%-
Possession of Weapons-----67%---50%--
Public Order-6%-11%+27%-65%+69%+20%-41%+90%--56%
Robbery----67%------
Shoplifting-47%-82%+23%+143%+167%+156%-+39%+17%+45%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-21%+14%-45%+17%-19%-10%-53%-52%+21%-9%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-30%-15%+7%+66%-2%-17%+25%-40%+1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Swanley

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

How dangerous is Swanley?
Swanley is the third most dangerous small town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Swanley?
Swanley's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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