Swanscombe and Greenhithe Crime Overview

Swanscombe and Greenhithe is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swanscombe and Greenhithe in 2020 was 95 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swanscombe and Greenhithe is the 71st most dangerous small town, and the 590th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Swanscombe and Greenhithe was the worst small town in Kent for burglary, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.62 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Swanscombe and Greenhithe residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Swanscombe and Greenhithe recorded 6 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst small town for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Swanscombe and Greenhithe are violence and sexual offences, with 739 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 671 offences and a difference of 3.80 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Swanscombe and Greenhithe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 40% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Swanscombe and Greenhithe This Year

 Swanscombe and GreenhitheKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour58832.9348,31625.9721% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft170.951,1650.6334% more dangerous
Burglary1287.177,0893.8147% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23713.2718,62210.0125% more dangerous
Drugs462.584,2172.2712% more dangerous
Other Crime422.355,1152.7517% safer
Other Theft1045.8210,9545.891.2% safer
Possession of Weapons140.781,3510.736% more dangerous
Public Order1287.1713,1587.071.4% more dangerous
Robbery140.781,3090.7010% more dangerous
Shoplifting713.989,2254.9625% safer
Theft From the Person50.288340.4561% safer
Vehicle Crime1558.689,0874.8844% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences73941.3876,37441.050.80% more dangerous

Crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe Compared To Kent

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Minster-on-Sea1,18669.2437% safer
Edenbridge74876.6024% safer
Deal1,64277.9422% safer
Faversham1,77888.448% safer
Snodland1,06389.536% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,70095.20-
Swanley1,73899.754.6% more dangerous
Stone2,382178.6947% more dangerous
Sheerness2,515187.4349% more dangerous

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24182233Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.730.450.95Getting worse
Burglary4.654.67Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson15121313Safer
Drugs0.620.841.32.6Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.53.32.4Safer
Other Theft6676Safer
Possession of Weapons0.220.561.10.78Getting worse
Public Order91077Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.731.20.78Safer
Shoplifting2.12.22.64.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.280.390.28Getting worse
Vehicle Crime810119Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31393841Getting worse

Changes In Swanscombe and Greenhithe's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Swanscombe and Greenhithe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7141% safer
Coventry77.4123% safer
Croydon83.2214% safer
Sheffield85.8111% safer
Bristol86.2110% safer
Swanscombe and Greenhithe95.20-
Leicester97.442.3% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1031% more dangerous

Crime in Swanscombe and Greenhithe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swanscombe919107First

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. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Swanscombe and Greenhithe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+78%+168%+115%+112%-13%+52%+15%-35%+11%+41%
Bicycle Theft-+100%----+100%-50%--
Burglary+67%+88%+25%+67%-44%+40%+225%-+20%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-42%--56%+50%-+29%-4%+22%-25%
Drugs-+33%-+400%+200%+100%--50%+100%-
Other Crime-50%-17%-75%+33%--40%-+400%-86%+50%
Other Theft+67%-33%-31%-50%+200%+14%-44%+38%-58%-23%
Possession of Weapons-+300%-50%--67%---50%--
Public Order-38%-32%+23%-9%-25%+73%+33%-33%+29%+20%
Robbery---67%-50%-75%-----
Shoplifting-80%-50%-40%-17%+400%+150%+67%+200%+67%+233%
Vehicle Crime-25%-31%-50%-50%-50%-50%-14%-63%+60%-13%
Violence and Sexual Offences+113%+13%+2%+24%-4%+32%-+17%-11%-28%

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021