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Three years of crime in Kent: Where are the most dangerous places?

It has recently been discovered that Kent is among the 20 most dangerous counties in the UK, with the overall crime rate in 2022 were 88 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes were violence and sexual offenses with around 42 residents out of 1,000 being a victim to these crimes.

The three most ‘dangerous’ parts of Kent are Stone with 220 crimes per 1,000 population, Sheerness with 181 crimes per 1,000 population and Dover with 168 crimes per 1,000 population.

What crimes were committed the most in Kent in the past three years?

This chart represents the amount of crimes committed in Kent from February 2020 and January 2023. The data is correct as of 6 March 2023.

What were the most common crimes in 2022 compared to 2021?


Crime rates overall have decreased according to the data, with the crime rate being slightly higher in 2021 than in 2022.

However, the amount of violent and sexual offences being committed has increased slightly. This comes amidst Kent Police recently listing rape as a “non-emergency crime” which has proven to be controversial and has caused a considerable amount of backlash on social media.

Kent Police Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, hit back with a statement describing the sign as “completely wrong and inappropriate”.

He then added on a twitter post that “It should never have been put up and was rightly taken down”.

Detective Chief Superintendent Banks has also issued a statement adding that Kent Police take investigations of rape and sexual assault “extremely seriously”.

Where are the safest places in Kent?

The safest place in Kent with the lowest crime rate per 1,000 population is Bearsted in Maidstone with a crime rate of just 32 which is followed by Herne and Broomfield in East Kent with a crime rate of 35 and then Kings Hill in West Kent with a crime rate of  42.