Tonbridge Crime Overview

Tonbridge is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 78th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tonbridge in 2020 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 17% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tonbridge is the 99th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,301st 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 1,333 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 1,576 offences and a difference of 5.88 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Tonbridge's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 22 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 33 crimes.

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Crime in Tonbridge Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Tonbridge This Year

 TonbridgeKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour83120.1148,31625.9729% safer
Bicycle Theft350.851,1650.6326% more dangerous
Burglary1132.747,0893.8139% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3909.4418,62210.016% safer
Drugs1313.174,2172.2728% more dangerous
Other Crime1062.575,1152.757% safer
Other Theft1623.9210,9545.8950% safer
Possession of Weapons220.531,3510.7338% safer
Public Order3107.5013,1587.076% more dangerous
Robbery220.531,3090.7032% safer
Shoplifting2646.399,2254.9622% more dangerous
Theft From the Person280.688340.4534% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime832.019,0874.88143% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,33332.2776,37441.0527% safer

Tonbridge Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,00060.1821% safer
Herne Bay2,54162.1617% safer
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,72966.958% safer
Tonbridge2,99972.59-
Sittingbourne5,12095.6024% more dangerous
Dartford5,77698.0426% more dangerous
Northfleet3,485115.9337% more dangerous
Gravesend6,865117.0738% more dangerous
Folkestone6,191126.5443% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Tonbridge

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Recent Crimes in Tonbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Other theftOn or near Delius DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Peach HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peach HallUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milton GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gorham DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Medway Wharf RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howard DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howard DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howard DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howard DriveFurther investigation is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rother RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Raeburn CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Scott RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Beaulieu RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Bradford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Bradford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near OakmeadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bracken WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bracken WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Whitelake RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Tonbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19111620Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.41.00.85Safer
Burglary3.64.33.02.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110109Safer
Drugs2.42.32.63.2Getting worse
Other Crime2.21.72.62.6Getting worse
Other Theft6663.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.360.800.53Getting worse
Public Order61098Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.440.560.53Getting worse
Shoplifting6576Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.11.10.68Safer
Vehicle Crime2.33.63.52.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28323832Safer

Changes In Tonbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Tonbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.717% safer
Tonbridge72.59-
Coventry77.416% more dangerous
Croydon83.2213% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8115% more dangerous
Bristol86.2116% more dangerous
Leicester97.4426% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8729% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2832% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1047% more dangerous

Crime in Tonbridge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Tonbridge Higham Wood44357Third
Tonbridge Town1,284102First
Tonbridge Trench Wood54278Second

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 vehicle crime and violence and sexual offences both fell year-on-year for every month during Tonbridge's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+150%+89%+43%+20%+5%+51%+38%+16%-
Bicycle Theft----33%-50%-25%+600%--25%-50%
Burglary+30%-79%+13%+9%-+17%-36%-45%-44%-14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-31%+13%-23%-3%+5%+23%+81%-10%-39%-49%
Drugs-36%+22%+157%+25%-+20%+13%+8%-44%+86%
Other Crime+56%-40%-+20%-25%+56%+27%-18%-22%-25%
Other Theft-35%-60%-55%-69%-43%+13%-29%--56%-18%
Possession of Weapons-83%-67%---75%---33%-50%-67%
Public Order-30%+23%-39%-44%-29%+35%-22%-18%-31%-46%
Robbery---+100%-+200%+300%---
Shoplifting-8%-44%-64%-11%-42%+63%-30%-+75%-50%
Theft From the Person-40%----25%+150%-67%-50%-50%-
Vehicle Crime-31%-83%-75%-54%-55%+22%-44%-40%-80%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-3%-44%-30%-19%+9%-18%-21%-10%-5%

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 among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021