Tiny fraction of crimes in Canterbury are solved, research reveals

Fewer than 9% of crimes are solved, according to crime survey (stock image)

Less than 9% of crimes in Canterbury were solved last year, according to research published today.

The survey states that just 8.42% of crimes ended with either the offender going to court, being given a warning, an on-the-spot fine or being dealt with in another way.

The figure is lower than the national average for 2017 of 9.1%.

The research was carried out by a team from the Sunday Times which examined the £4.7 million crimes committed in the whole country last year.

They used a complex system of methodology which cross referenced police force data with information produced by the Ministry of Justice.

The newspaper’s crime map also  offers neighbourhood statistics. For example, searching a postcode in Beverly Road, Canterbury, shows that in an area bounded by St Dunstan’s Street, North Lane and Forty Acres, there were 191 crimes committed in 2017.

Of these only 16 – or 8% – were solved. Another 2% were pending case while the outcome of 5% is not known.

A search for an address in Tennyson Avenue on the Poets Estate behind Sturry Road shows 466 offences in the neighbourhood of which 9% are solved and 85% unsolved.

District commander Ch Insp Mark Weller

Much of the attention on crime in Canterbury is focused on the city centre with its shops, bars and restaurants and where many of the crimes are committed by young people.

A search of the city centre shows 1,462 offences committed in 2017. But due to the presence of police officers, CCTV cameras, security guards and more members of the public there is an 18% rate of solved cases.

Ch Insp Mark Weller, the district commander for police in Canterbury, points out that offending rates are no worse in the city than other parts of the country.

He said: “Concerns are voiced about a wide range of problems, from rowdiness and vandalism to public order offences and even violence.

“I am always keen to reassure residents that anti-social behaviour and criminality associated with young people is no more of a problem in the Canterbury district than it is in anywhere else in the country.

“But there is a tiny minority needs to know their behaviour will not be tolerated, because even so-called low level anti-social behaviour can have a negative impact on people.”

You can report crime directly to Kent Police via its website or by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.


  1. I think you mean to say that 8.42% of recorded crimes get solved. Nearly all crimes are unrecorded speeding and other minor motoring offences, so only a very tiny fraction of crimes that are committed (well under 1%) ever get recorded, never mind solved.


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