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.
Third Most Dangerous
Small Towns, Kent
33% higher, regional crime rate
32% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
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.
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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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||323||18.54||37,004||19.89||7% safer|
|Bicycle Theft||4||0.23||964||0.52||126% safer|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||284||16.30||19,281||10.36||36% more dangerous|
|Drugs||42||2.41||4,015||2.16||10% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||52||2.98||5,390||2.90||2.7% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||131||7.52||11,037||5.93||21% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||8||0.46||1,220||0.66||43% safer|
|Public Order||148||8.49||13,744||7.39||13% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||140||8.04||8,849||4.76||41% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||6||0.34||794||0.43||26% safer|
|Vehicle Crime||142||8.15||7,923||4.26||48% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||840||48.21||82,368||44.27||8% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Montague Place||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Parking Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Court Crescent||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Park Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Lesley Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Petrol Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Goldsel Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Lawn Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Crescent Gardens||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Sermon Drive||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Lavender Hill||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near B258||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Hewett Place||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Waylands||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Goldsel Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other crime||On or near Morello Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Crescent Gardens||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Theft from the person||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Garrolds Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||16||18||24||19||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||12||15||13||16||Getting worse|
|Other Crime||3.2||2.0||2.5||3.0||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.52||0.86||0.69||0.46||Safer|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.75||0.69||0.46||0.29||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||0.40||0.46||0.23||0.34||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||43||42||41||48||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Swanley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Small Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Leicester||111.59||4.5% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||13% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||19% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||29% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Swanley East & Hextable||432||60||Second|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-33%||-52%||-58%||+53%||-13%||-15%||+10%||+53%||-15%||+10%|
|Possession of Weapons||-||-||-||-||-67%||-||-||-50%||-||-|
|Theft From the Person||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-2%||-30%||-15%||+7%||+66%||-2%||-17%||+25%||-40%||+1%|