Whitstable Crime Overview

Whitstable is the safest medium-sized town in Kent, and is the 130th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitstable in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 42% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitstable is the 66th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,066th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Whitstable was the worst medium-sized town in Kent for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2016 was also a bad month for Whitstable residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Whitstable are violence and sexual offences, with 963 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 3.1% higher than 2019's figure of 933 offences and a difference of 0.90 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Whitstable's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Whitstable Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Whitstable This Year

 WhitstableKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour73522.1148,31625.9717% safer
Bicycle Theft300.901,1650.6330% more dangerous
Burglary882.657,0893.8144% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2577.7318,62210.0129% safer
Drugs280.844,2172.27170% safer
Other Crime531.595,1152.7573% safer
Other Theft1364.0910,9545.8944% safer
Possession of Weapons110.331,3510.73121% safer
Public Order1705.1113,1587.0738% safer
Robbery100.301,3090.70133% safer
Shoplifting1253.769,2254.9632% safer
Theft From the Person50.158340.45200% safer
Vehicle Crime1243.739,0874.8831% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences96328.9776,37441.0542% safer

Whitstable Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,00060.18-
Herne Bay2,54162.163.2% more dangerous
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,72966.9510% more dangerous
Tonbridge2,99972.5917% more dangerous
Sittingbourne5,12095.6037% more dangerous
Dartford5,77698.0439% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitstable

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Whitstable Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13101422Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.630.840.90Safer
Burglary54.24.52.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson121098Safer
Drugs0.540.720.750.84Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.81.61.6Safer
Other Theft6654.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.210.330.450.33No change
Public Order4.6865Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.570.720.30Safer
Shoplifting5.0663.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.180.270.15Safer
Vehicle Crime54.44.53.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25272829Getting worse

Changes In Whitstable's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitstable to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable60.18-
Barnet67.7111% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Whitstable's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitstable Central & Tankerton48361Second
Whitstable West63592First

Crime in Whitstable During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitstable change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Whitstable saw a 323% increase in anti-social behaviour. Whitstable saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Whitstable's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+177%+323%+88%+42%+20%+31%+24%+75%+24%
Bicycle Theft+200%-50%+100%-+150%-50%-20%---
Burglary-22%-88%-71%-50%-50%-58%-20%-14%-71%-65%
Criminal Damage and Arson-59%-48%-40%+45%-12%-26%+43%-6%+10%+82%
Drugs-50%-+25%--+50%--75%+200%-
Other Crime-+150%-71%+125%+75%-30%+20%---60%
Other Theft-42%-38%--37%+50%-46%+17%-62%-11%+133%
Possession of Weapons----50%---+50%+100%-
Public Order-62%-33%-21%-15%-38%+80%+18%+50%-13%-15%
Robbery------43%--50%+100%-
Shoplifting-72%-37%-65%-68%-24%+12%-64%-9%-30%-25%
Theft From the Person----------50%
Vehicle Crime-36%+57%-20%-56%--50%-63%-44%-56%-18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+65%-3%-19%+7%+15%+15%+7%-2%-23%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitstable

What police force serves Whitstable?
Whitstable's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Whitstable?
Whitstable is the safest medium-sized town in Kent.
What is Whitstable's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Whitstable are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Whitstable?
Whitstable's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021