Walmer Crime Overview

Walmer is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 136th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Walmer in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 43% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Walmer is the 323rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,144th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2017, Walmer was the worst small town in Kent for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2015 was also a bad month for Walmer residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Walmer are violence and sexual offences, with 242 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 5% higher than 2019's figure of 229 offences and a difference of 1.59 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Walmer's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Walmer Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Walmer This Year

 WalmerKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12415.1748,31625.9771% safer
Bicycle Theft40.491,1650.6329% safer
Burglary151.847,0893.81107% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8810.7718,62210.017% more dangerous
Drugs111.354,2172.2768% safer
Other Crime121.475,1152.7587% safer
Other Theft394.7710,9545.8923% safer
Possession of Weapons60.731,3510.730% safer
Public Order344.1613,1587.0770% safer
Robbery10.121,3090.70483% safer
Shoplifting131.599,2254.96212% safer
Theft From the Person20.248340.4588% safer
Vehicle Crime192.329,0874.88110% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24229.6176,37441.0539% safer

Walmer Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kings Hill34537.2959% safer
Boxley37238.9253% safer
Frindsbury Extra31641.9342% safer
Hythe84655.827% safer
Tenterden43655.886% safer
Walmer48659.46-
Hawkinge53460.842.3% more dangerous
Aylesford73264.047% more dangerous
Southborough80064.878% more dangerous
Sevenoaks1,45766.0410% more dangerous
Paddock Wood55067.7312% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Walmer

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Recent Crimes in Walmer

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near St Richards RoadOffender given a drugs possession warning
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Richards RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The StrandUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near The StrandUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The StrandUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021BurglaryOn or near St Clare RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Lord Warden AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lord Warden AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Lord Warden AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ardent AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BeachUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The StrandUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021DrugsOn or near Nevill GardensOffender given penalty notice
August 2021Public orderOn or near Alexandra RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Boundary RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamilton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Walmer Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour981015Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.490.860.730.49Safer
Burglary2.43.23.11.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9171211Safer
Drugs0.860.730.731.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.981.21.5Getting worse
Other Theft54.274.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.490.490.73Getting worse
Public Order2.063.14.2Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.240.120.12Safer
Shoplifting0.860.370.861.6Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)--0.370.24Safer
Vehicle Crime2.82.02.82.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22292830Getting worse

Changes In Walmer's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Walmer's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Walmer that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Marke Wood Recreation Ground8---332.1

Comparing Walmer to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Walmer59.46-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Walmer's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Deal East56786First
Walmer65584Second

Crime in Walmer During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Walmer change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Walmer saw a 400% increase in public order. Walmer saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+233%+133%+283%+38%-17%+15%-55%+50%+67%+125%
Bicycle Theft----50%------
Burglary--71%---67%--+100%-+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-+220%+33%-92%-67%+100%-31%-20%-
Drugs---------+100%
Other Crime---------+50%
Other Theft+25%-78%-67%-50%+50%-40%-57%-43%--75%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--75%+400%--50%-75%+75%---
Shoplifting----------
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+50%-+50%------+300%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%+100%+14%+4%+8%-53%-+15%+15%+47%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Walmer

What police force serves Walmer?
Walmer's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Walmer?
Walmer is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent.
What is Walmer's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Walmer are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Walmer?
Walmer's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021