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Increase in crime across Kent

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

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I've taken a look at the latest crime figures in Kent:

  • There's been a 13% rise in crime across Kent.
  • That compares with 9% nationally. 
  • Over 14,000 more crimes were reported in 2016 compared with the year before.
  • One of the biggest increases was for violence against the person, which rose 31%.
  • The number of offences where people were caught with an offensive weapon went up 30%. 
  • But there have been falls in burglary, drugs and theft offences.