Ashford Crime Overview

Ashford is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Surrey, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ashford in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 20% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ashford is the 77th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,851st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2017, Ashford had the worst crime rate in Surrey for robbery, 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 642 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 561 offences and a difference of 2.80 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Ashford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Ashford Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Ashford This Year

 AshfordSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour69023.9124,96320.8813% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft291.001,2681.066% safer
Burglary1786.173,6503.0551% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1916.627,3226.128% more dangerous
Drugs1093.782,7712.3239% more dangerous
Other Crime481.661,3391.1233% more dangerous
Other Theft1123.884,9354.136% safer
Possession of Weapons160.555330.4518% more dangerous
Public Order1806.247,5216.290.80% safer
Robbery90.313690.310% safer
Shoplifting662.292,9472.467% safer
Theft From the Person60.213640.3043% safer
Vehicle Crime2388.254,9294.1250% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences64222.2422,38018.7216% more dangerous

Ashford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Leatherhead1,70451.7622% safer
Ewell2,83951.7922% safer
Horley1,36452.9319% safer
Camberley2,23155.9813% safer
Weybridge1,75457.889% safer
Ashford1,82463.20-
Egham1,88164.111.4% more dangerous
Redhill2,46165.703.8% more dangerous
Epsom2,50971.8612% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ashford

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Ashford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22171624Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.21.91.0Safer
Burglary5556Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7887Safer
Drugs2.01.51.73.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.31.71.7Getting worse
Other Theft8663.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.350.490.55Getting worse
Public Order6666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.490.280.450.31Safer
Shoplifting53.02.72.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.170.170.310.21Safer
Vehicle Crime6798Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16171922Getting 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 2020.

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
Ashford63.20-
Barnet67.717% more dangerous
Coventry77.4118% more dangerous
Croydon83.2224% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8126% more dangerous
Bristol86.2127% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Ashford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashford Common45553Second
Ashford East45051Third
Ashford West85278First

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 towns 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021