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Crime and Safety in Whitstable, Kent

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Whitstable is the safest medium-sized town in Kent, and is the 130th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitstable in 2021 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitstable is the 77th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,115th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2016, Whitstable was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2016 was also a bad month for Whitstable residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() 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 992 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 4.2% higher than 2020's figure of 950 offences and a difference of 1.27 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Whitstable's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 38% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Whitstable 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

18% lower, regional crime rate

South East

20% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whitstable is 18% lower than the South East and 20% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whitstable Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Whitstable 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 Whitstable

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021612,024
2020591,962
2019662,193
2018672,242
2017652,149
2016501,654

Crime in Whitstable Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Whitstable This Year

 WhitstableKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour53516.1037,00419.89 24% safer
Bicycle Theft230.699640.52 25% more dangerous
Burglary852.565,9703.21 25% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2978.9419,28110.36 16% safer
Drugs330.994,0152.16 118% safer
Other Crime501.505,3902.90 93% safer
Other Theft1213.6411,0375.93 63% safer
Possession of Weapons90.271,2200.66 144% safer
Public Order1654.9613,7447.39 49% safer
Robbery140.421,0640.57 36% safer
Shoplifting1544.638,8494.76 2.8% safer
Theft From the Person80.247940.43 79% safer
Vehicle Crime732.207,9234.26 94% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences99229.8582,36844.27 48% safer

Whitstable Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,02460.90-
Herne Bay2,78168.0410% more dangerous
Tonbridge2,83268.5511% more dangerous
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.5919% more dangerous
Sittingbourne5,383100.5239% more dangerous
Dartford6,222105.6142% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitstable

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Recent Crimes in Whitstable

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beresford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Reeves WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Teynham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Harvey DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Invicta RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Daniels CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thistle DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Ivy House RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Castle RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sydenham StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near FirbanksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Osprey CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Oxford StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harts LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Belmont RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mary'S GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Andrew'S CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Salts CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Teynham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gladstone RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Whitstable Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10132216 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.630.840.900.69 Safer
Burglary4.14.42.52.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9989 Safer
Drugs0.690.660.810.99 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.61.61.5 Safer
Other Theft54.33.73.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.420.330.27 Safer
Public Order8555.0 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.540.720.300.42 Safer
Shoplifting663.74.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.270.150.24 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.34.33.72.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27282930 Getting worse

Changes In Whitstable's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitstable to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9353% safer
Birmingham49.6023% safer
Whitstable60.90-
Barnet67.089% more dangerous
Croydon82.4826% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0332% more dangerous
Bristol90.5233% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Whitstable's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitstable Central & Tankerton42954Second
Whitstable West62490First

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 339% increase in anti-social behaviour. Whitstable saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Whitstable's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+163%+339%+88%+35%+22%+29%+24%+70%+24%
Bicycle Theft+200%-50%+100%-+150%-50%-20%---
Burglary-22%-88%-71%-50%-50%-58%-20%-14%-71%-63%
Criminal Damage and Arson-58%-52%-40%+45%-12%-24%+43%-3%+5%+82%
Drugs-50%----+200%--75%+200%-
Other Crime-+150%-71%+125%+75%-30%+20%---75%
Other Theft-45%-46%-22%-27%+50%-41%+18%-30%+20%+117%
Possession of Weapons----50%---+50%+100%-
Public Order-62%-33%-21%-8%-38%+108%+20%+62%--15%
Robbery------43%--50%+100%-
Shoplifting-71%-37%-65%-68%-29%+12%-64%-9%-22%-25%
Theft From the Person----------50%
Vehicle Crime-33%+57%-20%-50%-14%-44%-63%-36%-60%-18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+71%-3%-21%+9%+14%+19%+11%-3%-23%+3%

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).

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