Swanley Crime Overview

Swanley is the third most dangerous small town in Kent, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swanley in 2020 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swanley is the 61st most dangerous small town, and the 504th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Swanley was the worst small town in Kent for criminal damage and arson, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Swanley residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents. Swanley recorded 5 reports of other crime during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst small town for other crime in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Swanley are violence and sexual offences, with 711 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 1.8% lower than 2019's figure of 724 offences and a difference of 0.74 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Swanley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Swanley This Year

 SwanleyKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41523.8248,31625.979% safer
Bicycle Theft70.401,1650.6358% safer
Burglary583.337,0893.8114% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21912.5718,62210.0120% more dangerous
Drugs432.474,2172.278% more dangerous
Other Crime442.535,1152.759% safer
Other Theft1568.9510,9545.8934% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.691,3510.736% safer
Public Order1418.0913,1587.0713% more dangerous
Robbery80.461,3090.7052% safer
Shoplifting18910.859,2254.9654% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.238340.4596% safer
Vehicle Crime1468.389,0874.8842% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences71140.8176,37441.050.59% safer

Crime in Swanley Compared To Kent

Swanley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Edenbridge74876.6030% safer
Deal1,64277.9428% safer
Faversham1,77888.4413% safer
Snodland1,06389.5311% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,70095.204.8% safer
Swanley1,73899.75-
Stone2,382178.6944% more dangerous
Sheerness2,515187.4347% more dangerous

Swanley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161824Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.860.690.750.40Safer
Burglary7673.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121513Safer
Drugs0.632.22.22.5Getting worse
Other Crime2.13.22.02.5Getting worse
Other Theft8989Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.290.520.860.69Getting worse
Public Order61198Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.860.750.690.46Safer
Shoplifting77811Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.800.400.460.23Safer
Vehicle Crime101098Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37434241Getting worse

Changes In Swanley's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Swanley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7147% safer
Coventry77.4129% safer
Croydon83.2220% safer
Sheffield85.8116% safer
Bristol86.2116% safer
Leicester97.442.4% safer
Swanley99.75-
Birmingham102.873.0% more dangerous
Liverpool107.287% more dangerous
Bradford133.0225% more dangerous
Leeds137.1027% more dangerous

Crime in Swanley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swanley East & Hextable47065Second
Swanley West1,106114First

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021