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Crime and Safety in Swanscombe and Greenhithe

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Swanscombe and Greenhithe is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 41st most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swanscombe and Greenhithe in 2021 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 4.6% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swanscombe and Greenhithe is the 104th most dangerous small town, and the 726th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Swanscombe and Greenhithe was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for burglary, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.67 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Swanscombe and Greenhithe residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Swanscombe and Greenhithe recorded 6 reports of drugs during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Swanscombe and Greenhithe are violence and sexual offences, with 750 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 710 offences and a difference of 2.24 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Swanscombe and Greenhithe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 25% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Kent

22% higher, regional crime rate

South East

21% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Swanscombe and Greenhithe is 22% higher than the South East and 21% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Crime Rate Over Time

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Swanscombe and Greenhithe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Swanscombe and Greenhithe 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 Swanscombe and Greenhithe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021921,636
2020911,624
2019841,506
2018861,528
2017761,358
2016621,100

Crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Swanscombe and Greenhithe This Year

 Swanscombe and GreenhitheKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour40022.4037,00419.89 11% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.679640.52 22% more dangerous
Burglary663.705,9703.21 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson19711.0319,28110.36 6% more dangerous
Drugs532.974,0152.16 27% more dangerous
Other Crime553.085,3902.90 6% more dangerous
Other Theft965.3811,0375.93 10% safer
Possession of Weapons100.561,2200.66 18% safer
Public Order1096.1013,7447.39 21% safer
Robbery150.841,0640.57 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting1146.388,8494.76 25% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.227940.43 95% safer
Vehicle Crime1558.687,9234.26 51% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences75042.0082,36844.27 5% safer

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Frindsbury Extra55072.9826% safer
Hoo St. Werburgh84682.9810% safer
Edenbridge83585.517% safer
Deal1,83487.065% safer
Snodland1,04688.104.0% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,63691.62-
Faversham1,86192.561.0% more dangerous
Swanley1,856106.5314% more dangerous
Sheerness2,467183.8650% more dangerous
Stone2,609195.7253% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swanscombe and Greenhithe

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Recent Crimes in Swanscombe and Greenhithe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Breakneck HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Cobham CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Leonard AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Pilgrims ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near Swanscombe StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Frobisher WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carmichael AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lane AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Monks WellInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Leonard AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chandlers MewsAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pier RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gasson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Keary RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Broomfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Leonard AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17223222 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.390.780.67 Safer
Burglary54.373.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121311 Safer
Drugs0.841.22.53.0 Getting worse
Other Crime2.43.02.33.1 Getting worse
Other Theft6665 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.561.10.670.56 Safer
Public Order10776 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.731.20.780.84 Safer
Shoplifting2.22.64.06 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.390.280.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime91089 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37354042 Getting worse

Changes In Swanscombe and Greenhithe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Swanscombe and Greenhithe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93129% safer
Birmingham49.6085% safer
Barnet67.0837% safer
Croydon82.4811% safer
Sheffield90.031.8% safer
Bristol90.521.2% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe91.62-
Leicester111.5918% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swanscombe951110First

Crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Swanscombe and Greenhithe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Swanscombe and Greenhithe saw a 400% increase in drugs. Swanscombe and Greenhithe saw a large fall in other crime during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+80%+170%+112%+103%-18%+45%+16%-35%+11%+36%
Bicycle Theft------+100%-50%--
Burglary+67%+133%+13%+67%-44%+40%+200%-+20%+17%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-35%-5%-33%+52%+7%+19%-8%+22%-25%
Drugs-+33%-+400%+100%+100%--33%+100%-
Other Crime-50%-17%-64%+33%--40%-+300%-86%+50%
Other Theft+67%-33%-33%-50%+175%+33%-44%+25%-58%-23%
Possession of Weapons-+200%-50%--67%-----
Public Order-38%-32%+33%-9%-38%+73%+17%-33%+29%+20%
Robbery---67%-50%-75%-----
Shoplifting-80%-50%-40%-17%+400%+150%+67%+200%+67%+233%
Vehicle Crime-7%-29%-50%-69%-53%-50%-14%-79%+88%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+111%+14%+8%+27%+1%+49%-11%+22%-2%-32%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe

What police force serves Swanscombe and Greenhithe?
Swanscombe and Greenhithe's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is Swanscombe and Greenhithe?
Swanscombe and Greenhithe is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe?
Swanscombe and Greenhithe's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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