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Crime and Safety in Walmer

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Walmer is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 146th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 331 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Walmer in 2021 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 50% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Walmer is the 388th most dangerous small town, and the 2,394th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Walmer was the worst small town in Kent for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2016 was also a bad month for Walmer residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Walmer recorded 1 report of robbery during July 2015, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Walmer are violence and sexual offences, with 262 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 242 offences and a difference of 2.44 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Walmer's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Walmer 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Kent

23% lower, regional crime rate

South East

31% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Walmer is 23% lower than the South East and 31% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Walmer Crime Rate Over Time

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Walmer Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Walmer 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 Walmer

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202158477
202059486
201960494
201865530
201748393
201634277

Crime in Walmer Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Walmer This Year

 WalmerKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour799.6637,00419.89 106% safer
Bicycle Theft50.619640.52 15% more dangerous
Burglary121.475,9703.21 118% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson536.4819,28110.36 60% safer
Drugs161.964,0152.16 10% safer
Other Crime172.085,3902.90 39% safer
Other Theft364.4011,0375.93 35% safer
Possession of Weapons40.491,2200.66 35% safer
Public Order465.6313,7447.39 31% safer
Robbery40.491,0640.57 16% safer
Theft From the Person10.127940.43 258% safer
Vehicle Crime212.577,9234.26 66% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26232.0582,37144.27 38% safer

Walmer Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Birchington50.4911810% safer
Herne and Broomfield151.553665% safer
Bearsted25129.9995% safer
Kings Hill34837.6155% safer
Kingsnorth57345.5528% safer
Walmer47758.36-
Boxley56158.690.56% more dangerous
Southborough77362.687% more dangerous
Hythe96063.348% more dangerous
Sevenoaks1,42664.6410% more dangerous
Aylesford74665.2611% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Walmer

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Recent Crimes in Walmer

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mayers RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamilton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blake CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Granville StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mayers RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Court RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Badgers RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North BarracksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near John Tapping CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Owen SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lord Warden AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wollaston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Palmerston AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamilton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Gilford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hawkshill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Ardent AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chater CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near BelmontUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Margarets DriveAction to be taken by another organisation

Walmer Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour8101510 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.860.730.490.61 Safer
Burglary3.23.11.81.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1712116 Safer
Drugs0.730.731.42.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.21.52.1 Getting worse
Other Theft4.274.84.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.490.730.49 Safer
Public Order63.14.26 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.120.120.49 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.370.240.12 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.02.82.32.6 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences29283032 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Walmer to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Walmer58.36-
Barnet67.0813% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0535% more dangerous
Bristol90.5236% more dangerous
Coventry102.2443% more dangerous
Leicester111.5948% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6455% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Walmer's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Deal East65599Second
Walmer801103First

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 town 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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