Town centre has the highest rate of crime
THE centre of Ashford is the worst in the borough for crime and Kingsnorth is the safest.
Figures from Kent Police show that Ashford’s Victoria ward, which includes the town centre, has had 274.5 overall crimes per 1,000 people in the last year.
Meanwhile the Park Farm South ward, which includes Kingsnorth, has the lowest level at 22.9 per 1,000.
Kent Police have issued crime figures for every single ward in Kent to compare neighbourhoods, covering November 2007 to last October.
Ch Insp Martin Cunningham, from the Kent Police Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “A lot of people are interested in crime in their areas and how that compares to other areas.
“Once people start using it we might identify improvements that we can make.”
The top five crime hotspots for Ashford also include Norman ward, east of Stanhope, which had 223.1 crimes per 1,000; and Aylesford Green, including part of Willesborough at 103.9. Stour, between the ring road and M20, had 101.3, and Stanhope, 101.
The figures break down into anti-social behaviour, burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and violence against the person and show rises and falls in offences.
Victoria ward had high levels of anti-social behaviour, at 169.9 per 1,000 although these fell by 20.1 per cent over the year. The high figure of violence against the person, 64.5, also dropped to 10.8 per cent.
Of the worst five Aylesford Green had the worst overall rise, at 6.8 per cent, while Stour had the biggest fall, down 7.6 per cent.
Mr Cunningham also said the figures could provide reassurance because people could discover crime in their neighbourhood is lower than they think
Ashford’s other five safest areas are Rolvenden and Tenterden West with 24.2 overall crimes per 1,000 people; Little Burton Farm, near the Julie Rose Stadium, at 25.2; Ashford St Michael’s at Tenterden, 28.6, and Weald North, which has Smarden, 29.
Ashford is the sixth safest of Kent’s 13 districts, with 68.8 crimes per 1,000 people.