Ash Crime Overview

Ash is the second safest small town in Surrey, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ash in 2020 was 25 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 98% lower than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ash is the 81st safest small town, and the 3,915th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Ash was the worst small town in Surrey for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Ash residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Ash recorded 4 reports of bicycle theft during May 2018, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Ash are violence and sexual offences, with 171 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 200 offences and a difference of 1.61 from 2019's crime rate of 11. Ash's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Ash Compared To Surrey

Summary of Crimes in Ash This Year

 AshSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18410.2424,96320.88104% safer
Bicycle Theft40.221,2681.06382% safer
Burglary211.173,6503.05161% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson754.177,3226.1247% safer
Drugs221.222,7712.3290% safer
Other Crime211.171,3391.124.3% more dangerous
Other Theft402.234,9354.1385% safer
Possession of Weapons80.455330.450% safer
Public Order613.397,5216.2986% safer
Robbery30.173690.3182% safer
Shoplifting110.612,9472.46303% safer
Vehicle Crime211.174,9294.12252% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1719.5222,38018.7297% safer

Ash Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Worplesdon22225.151.4% safer
Ash45825.49-
Cranleigh44035.8229% more dangerous
Haslemere67738.7234% more dangerous
Warlingham40247.5646% more dangerous
Frimley94548.7548% more dangerous
Caterham-on-the-Hill68449.5549% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ash

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Ash Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11121210Safer
Bicycle Theft0.110.780.670.22Safer
Burglary1.61.72.11.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.84.164.2Safer
Drugs1.21.10.781.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.781.11.41.2Getting worse
Other Theft2.02.81.62.2Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.220.220.280.45Getting worse
Public Order2.73.03.23.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.060.110.170.17Getting worse
Shoplifting0.610.950.890.61Safer
Vehicle Crime1.62.21.31.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences881110Getting worse

Changes In Ash's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ash to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ash25.49-
Barnet67.7162% more dangerous
Coventry77.4167% more dangerous
Croydon83.2269% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8170% more dangerous
Bristol86.2170% more dangerous
Leicester97.4474% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8775% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2876% more dangerous
Bradford133.0281% more dangerous
Leeds137.1081% more dangerous

Crime in Ash's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ash Vale28438Second
Ash Wharf45171First

Crime in Ash During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ash change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Ash saw a 500% increase in other theft. Ash saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+13%+112%-30%-57%-58%+17%-31%-21%+67%+41%
Bicycle Theft------50%----
Burglary-50%-75%-80%-67%-33%--75%-50%-75%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson--78%-79%+17%--45%+125%-+50%-61%
Drugs+100%-----+50%-+300%-
Other Crime-33%------75%--20%+100%
Other Theft+500%+300%+67%-50%-+400%-50%-+67%-33%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--20%+175%-25%-+150%-40%-50%+25%-
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-50%---------
Vehicle Crime-+100%--50%+50%-----33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%-64%--39%+5%+22%-67%+50%-6%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ash

What police force serves Ash?
Ash's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.
How dangerous is Ash?
Ash is the second safest small town in Surrey.
What is Ash's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ash are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ash?
Ash's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021