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Crime and Safety in Tenterden

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Tenterden is among the top 20 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 92nd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 331 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tenterden in 2021 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tenterden is the 266th most dangerous small town, and the 1,645th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Tenterden was the worst small town in Kent for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.77 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2016 was also a bad month for Tenterden residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Tenterden recorded 2 reports of robbery during August 2016, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Tenterden are violence and sexual offences, with 229 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 27% higher than 2020's figure of 168 offences and a difference of 7.82 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Tenterden's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Tenterden 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, Kent

5% lower, regional crime rate

South East

12% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Tenterden is 5% lower than the South East and 12% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Tenterden Crime Rate Over Time

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Tenterden Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Tenterden represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Tenterden

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202168533
202056436
201973569
201874577
201761476
201646358

Crime in Tenterden Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Tenterden This Year

 TenterdenKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9211.7937,00419.89 69% safer
Burglary303.845,9703.21 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson708.9719,28110.36 15% safer
Drugs162.054,0152.16 5% safer
Other Crime212.695,3902.90 8% safer
Other Theft597.5611,0375.93 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.131,2200.66 408% safer
Public Order526.6613,7447.39 11% safer
Robbery10.131,0640.57 338% safer
Shoplifting283.598,8494.76 33% safer
Theft From the Person20.267940.43 65% safer
Vehicle Crime243.087,9234.26 38% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22929.3582,37144.27 51% safer

Tenterden Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southborough77362.689% safer
Hythe96063.348% safer
Sevenoaks1,42664.646% safer
Aylesford74665.264.7% safer
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.371.4% safer
Tenterden53368.31-
Paddock Wood56669.702.0% more dangerous
East Malling and Larkfield1,02469.762.1% more dangerous
Hawkinge63272.015% more dangerous
Frindsbury Extra55072.986% more dangerous
Hoo St. Werburgh84682.9818% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Tenterden

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Recent Crimes in Tenterden

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swain RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chalk AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Benets WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near DanemoreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colonel Stephens WayFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grange RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West CrossUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Small Hythe RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Other theftOn or near Priory WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Haffenden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kiln FieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mount PleasantUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colonel Stephens WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Small Hythe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marshalls LandInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Tenterden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10111912 Getting worse
Burglary104.93.73.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson119109 Safer
Drugs0.510.381.42.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.52.02.7 Getting worse
Other Theft6668 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.510.510.260.13 Safer
Public Order693.87 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.130.130.13No change
Shoplifting6104.53.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.770.130.26 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.73.82.33.1 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences28272229 Getting worse

Changes In Tenterden's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Tenterden to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.081.8% safer
Tenterden68.31-
Croydon82.4817% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0524% more dangerous
Bristol90.5225% more dangerous
Coventry102.2433% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0644% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6447% more dangerous
Bradford132.2848% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Tenterden During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Tenterden change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Tenterden saw a 650% increase in anti-social behaviour. Tenterden saw a large fall in public order during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+120%+180%-53%+157%+100%+22%-9%+17%+267%+650%
Bicycle Theft-------50%---
Burglary-50%--60%-50%-+50%-+200%--
Criminal Damage and Arson--86%+50%-29%-14%+220%+50%+57%-+200%
Drugs----------
Other Crime-50%-+50%-67%-+50%--+100%-
Other Theft+100%--50%-60%-40%--20%+400%-80%+67%
Public Order-83%-67%--91%-50%-67%-56%+25%--71%
Shoplifting--83%--50%+250%-44%-82%-20%-60%-
Vehicle Crime+100%------80%-25%-33%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-31%-48%-36%+50%-8%+55%-56%+31%+40%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Tenterden

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

How dangerous is Tenterden?
Tenterden is among the top 20 safest small towns in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Tenterden?
Tenterden's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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