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Crime and Safety in Ashford, Surrey

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Ashford is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Surrey, and is the 33rd most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ashford in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Surrey rate of 49 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ashford is the 58th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,322nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2015, Ashford had the worst crime rate in Surrey for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Ashford are violence and sexual offences, with 636 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 0.94% lower than 2020's figure of 642 offences and a difference of 0.20 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Ashford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 60% from 2020's figure of 16 crimes.

Ashford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Surrey

22% lower, regional crime rate

South East

29% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ashford is 22% lower than the South East and 29% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ashford Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ashford represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Ashford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021591,705
2020631,824
2019621,797
2018591,689
2017591,712
2016541,555

Crime in Ashford Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Ashford This Year

 AshfordSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour55519.2319,44616.26 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft411.421,0900.91 36% more dangerous
Burglary862.982,8872.41 19% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1645.686,4985.43 4.4% more dangerous
Drugs571.972,0241.69 14% more dangerous
Other Crime471.631,1961.00 39% more dangerous
Other Theft1545.345,0164.19 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons100.354560.38 9% safer
Public Order2307.977,6976.44 19% more dangerous
Robbery140.493250.27 45% more dangerous
Shoplifting531.842,8002.34 27% safer
Theft From the Person110.384170.35 8% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2027.004,5303.79 46% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences63622.0423,35019.53 11% more dangerous

Ashford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Esher2,49347.9523% safer
Leatherhead1,64950.0918% safer
Camberley2,19555.087% safer
Weybridge1,70356.205% safer
Horley1,50358.321.3% safer
Ashford1,70559.07-
Redhill2,27560.732.7% more dangerous
Egham1,78760.913.0% more dangerous
Epsom2,67176.5023% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ashford

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Recent Crimes in Ashford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chesterfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Chertsey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Muncaster CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Convent RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beards RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garden CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Woodlands ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Badgers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Compass CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wye CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chessholme RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Anglesey CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near TemplecroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near CornersideFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Haven RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Elmcroft DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Feltham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ashford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17162419 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.91.01.4 Safer
Burglary5563.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8876 Safer
Drugs1.51.73.82.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.71.71.6 Getting worse
Other Theft663.95 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.490.550.35 Safer
Public Order6668 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.450.310.49 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.02.72.31.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.170.310.210.38 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime7987 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17192222 Getting worse

Changes In Ashford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ashford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Ashford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Alexandra Recreation Ground5----02.3
Echelforde Recreation Ground1----02.6
St Matthew's Church1-2--17

Comparing Ashford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ashford59.07-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Ashford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashford Common43351Second
Ashford East44250Third
Ashford West80874First

Crime in Ashford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ashford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Ashford saw a 1,200% increase in shoplifting. Ashford saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 86% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-44%+258%+134%+11%+48%-6%-11%-6%+159%+283%
Bicycle Theft---63%-33%-60%-71%--86%+67%-40%
Burglary+100%-38%+29%+117%-60%-29%+75%+19%-4%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%-38%-41%-24%-24%-27%+50%-40%-26%+33%
Drugs+233%+50%+500%+100%+14%+80%+200%--+17%
Other Crime-+100%-17%+200%--25%--50%+150%-33%
Other Theft-60%-75%-8%+8%-44%--38%-73%-38%-59%
Possession of Weapons-+100%-----67%+100%-+50%
Public Order-44%-14%+143%+67%-11%-20%+24%-48%-24%+100%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-50%+11%-67%+300%+1,200%+14%-71%+100%--
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+4%+71%+92%-50%+71%-48%-41%-25%-17%-6%
Violence and Sexual Offences+20%+8%+22%+10%+21%-19%+67%+11%+4%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ashford

What police force serves Ashford?
Ashford's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.

How dangerous is Ashford?
Ashford is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized town in Surrey.

What is Ashford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ashford are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Ashford?
Ashford's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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