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Crime and Safety in Tonbridge, Kent

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Tonbridge is the third safest medium-sized town in Kent, and is the 90th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tonbridge in 2021 was 69 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, Tonbridge is the 96th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,583rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2017, Tonbridge had the worst crime rate in Kent for theft from the person, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Tonbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 1,321 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 2.4% lower than 2020's figure of 1,353 offences and a difference of 0.78 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Tonbridge's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 267% from 2020's figure of 22 crimes.

Tonbridge 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

4.9% lower, regional crime rate

South East

6% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Tonbridge is 4.9% lower than the South East and 6% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Tonbridge Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Tonbridge 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 Tonbridge

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021692,832
2020743,042
2019873,576
2018793,274
2017722,976
2016552,257

Crime in Tonbridge Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Tonbridge This Year

 TonbridgeKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour61814.9637,00419.89 33% safer
Bicycle Theft310.759640.52 31% more dangerous
Burglary1132.745,9703.21 17% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3829.2519,28110.36 12% safer
Drugs1212.934,0152.16 26% more dangerous
Other Crime1192.885,3902.90 0.69% safer
Other Theft1553.7511,0375.93 58% safer
Possession of Weapons110.271,2200.66 144% safer
Public Order2475.9813,7447.39 24% safer
Robbery60.151,0640.57 280% safer
Shoplifting1844.458,8494.76 7% safer
Theft From the Person230.567940.43 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1192.887,9234.26 48% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,32131.9782,36844.27 38% safer

Tonbridge Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,02460.9013% safer
Herne Bay2,78168.040.75% safer
Tonbridge2,83268.55-
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.599% more dangerous
Sittingbourne5,383100.5232% more dangerous
Dartford6,222105.6135% more dangerous
Gravesend6,514111.0838% more dangerous
Northfleet3,578119.0342% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Tonbridge

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Recent Crimes in Tonbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near Tonbridge Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Winchester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dowgate CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Canterbury CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Howard DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Pauls CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Alders MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Cannon LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Trench RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Royal West Kent AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Castle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Tonbridge Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near WestriseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution

Tonbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12162015 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.00.870.75 Safer
Burglary4.43.22.92.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010109 Safer
Drugs2.32.63.22.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.62.62.9 Getting worse
Other Theft664.03.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.800.530.27 Safer
Public Order10986 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.560.530.15 Safer
Shoplifting5764.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.10.680.56 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.73.82.02.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33393332 Safer

Changes In Tonbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Tonbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9372% safer
Birmingham49.6038% safer
Barnet67.082.2% safer
Tonbridge68.55-
Croydon82.4817% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0324% more dangerous
Bristol90.5224% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0644% more dangerous
Bradford132.2848% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Tonbridge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Tonbridge Higham Wood30839Third
Tonbridge Town1,21397First
Tonbridge Trench Wood54679Second

Crime in Tonbridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Tonbridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Tonbridge saw a 600% increase in bicycle theft. Tonbridge saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Tonbridge's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+145%+90%+49%+22%+7%+44%+38%+15%-2%
Bicycle Theft--67%--33%-50%-25%+600%--25%-50%
Burglary+17%-80%+25%+9%-9%+29%-36%-50%-44%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-26%+16%-18%-6%-+23%+90%-10%-39%-49%
Drugs-36%+22%+157%+25%-+20%+13%+8%-44%+86%
Other Crime+56%-40%-+20%-33%+56%+27%-18%-22%-25%
Other Theft-35%-60%-55%-69%-38%+13%-29%-13%-56%-12%
Possession of Weapons-83%-67%---75%---33%-50%-67%
Public Order-26%+23%-39%-44%-33%+35%-22%-20%-31%-46%
Robbery---+100%-+200%+300%---
Shoplifting-8%-44%-64%-11%-42%+75%-30%-+75%-50%
Theft From the Person-40%----25%+150%-67%-50%-50%-
Vehicle Crime-31%-83%-75%-57%-62%+22%-44%-38%-81%-54%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%--42%-33%-20%+9%-17%-22%-11%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Tonbridge

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

How dangerous is Tonbridge?
Tonbridge is the third safest medium-sized town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Tonbridge?
Tonbridge's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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