Medway Crime Overview

Medway is the third most dangerous city in the South East, and among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Medway in 2020 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Medway had the worst crime rate in the South East for other crime, with 73 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Medway residents, when it was the South East's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 134 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Medway recorded 42 reports of robbery during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst for robbery in the South East that month.

The most common crimes in Medway are violence and sexual offences, with 12,600 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 13,597 offences and a difference of 3.58 from 2019's crime rate of 49. Medway's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 130 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 42% from 2019's figure of 185 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Medway This Year

 Medway
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour7,23325.97
Bicycle Theft1300.47
Burglary9473.40
Criminal Damage and Arson2,7089.72
Drugs7132.56
Other Crime8332.99
Other Theft1,6455.91
Possession of Weapons2260.81
Public Order2,1977.89
Robbery3261.17
Shoplifting1,5915.71
Theft From the Person1530.55
Vehicle Crime1,2024.32
Violence and Sexual Offences12,60045.23

Medway Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25181826Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.920.660.47Safer
Burglary6553.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111110Safer
Drugs1.51.81.82.6Getting worse
Other Crime2.43.03.33.0Getting worse
Other Theft99106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.670.820.81Getting worse
Public Order712108Safer
Robbery1.01.51.41.2Safer
Shoplifting8776Safer
Theft From the Person0.570.690.820.55Safer
Vehicle Crime9874.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40484945Safer

Comparing Medway to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5027% safer
Sheffield73.9923% safer
Kirklees74.2322% safer
Croydon77.1818% safer
Bradford79.1915% safer
London80.7012% safer
Birmingham89.021.9% safer
Medway90.72-
Bristol91.570.93% more dangerous
Leeds91.901.3% more dangerous
Leicester102.5112% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9414% more dangerous

Crime in Medway During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Medway change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Medway saw a 156% increase in anti-social behaviour. Medway saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 67% compared to October in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Medway's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+156%+123%+40%+34%+24%+33%+20%+45%
Bicycle Theft-50%-38%-24%+40%+47%+27%-44%-67%-41%
Burglary-43%-41%-28%-13%-23%+1%-34%-33%-47%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%+2%-21%-15%+29%+6%+1%-9%-10%
Drugs+30%+100%+58%+129%+124%+38%+59%+24%-14%
Other Crime+7%-3%-27%+33%+13%+46%-12%-18%-15%
Other Theft-45%-51%-43%-48%-28%-37%-30%-32%-46%
Possession of Weapons+4%-5%+24%+69%+140%-32%-33%-22%-21%
Public Order-26%-7%-25%+0%-25%+4%-6%-16%-26%
Robbery-24%-34%-66%-5%+75%-16%-13%-6%-11%
Shoplifting-3%-45%-45%-46%+13%+17%-10%-16%-28%
Theft From the Person-61%-48%-65%-52%-11%+15%+16%-50%-4%
Vehicle Crime-34%-53%-38%-23%-10%-21%-62%-33%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-8%-6%-14%+2%+23%+4%+12%-14%

Medway's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Medway
Frindsbury Extra4696246% safer
Hoo St. Werburgh6236148% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Medway

What police force serves Medway?
Medway's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Medway?
Medway is the third most dangerous city in the South East.
What is Medway's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Medway are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Medway?
Medway's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021