Tenterden Crime Overview

Tenterden is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 152nd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tenterden in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 52% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tenterden is the 375th most dangerous small town, and the 2,443rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

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

The most common crimes in Tenterden are violence and sexual offences, with 168 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 23% lower than 2019's figure of 207 offences and a difference of 5.00 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Tenterden's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Tenterden Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Tenterden This Year

 TenterdenKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14618.7148,31625.9739% safer
Bicycle Theft10.131,1650.63385% safer
Burglary293.727,0893.812.4% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7810.0018,62210.010.10% safer
Drugs111.414,2172.2761% safer
Other Crime162.055,1152.7534% safer
Other Theft465.9010,9545.890.17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.261,3510.73181% safer
Public Order303.8413,1587.0784% safer
Robbery10.131,3090.70438% safer
Shoplifting354.499,2254.9610% safer
Theft From the Person10.138340.45246% safer
Vehicle Crime182.319,0874.88111% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16821.5376,37441.0591% safer

Tenterden Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingsnorth38130.2984% safer
Kings Hill34537.2950% safer
Boxley37238.9244% safer
Frindsbury Extra31641.9333% safer
Hythe84655.820.11% safer
Tenterden43655.88-
Walmer48659.466% more dangerous
Hawkinge53460.848% more dangerous
Aylesford73264.0413% more dangerous
Southborough80064.8714% more dangerous
Sevenoaks1,45766.0415% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Tenterden

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Recent Crimes in Tenterden

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021DrugsOn or near Rothley CloseOffender given a drugs possession warning
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rothley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wayside AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hurst CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near St Mildred'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mildred'S CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mildred'S CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Homewood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Homewood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near BarnfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Jarvis PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021RobberyOn or near Appledore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Appledore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Appledore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Woodbury LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill LaneLocal resolution

Tenterden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour9101119Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.900.640.770.13Safer
Burglary5104.93.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson811910Getting worse
Drugs0.380.510.381.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.901.41.52.0Getting worse
Other Theft9666Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.510.510.26Safer
Public Order3.7693.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.130.130.13No change
Shoplifting3.06104.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.26-0.770.13Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.73.82.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27282722Safer

Changes In Tenterden's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Tenterden to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Tenterden55.88-
Barnet67.7117% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4443% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% 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 10 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021