Dorking Crime Overview

Dorking is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Surrey, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dorking in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dorking is the 237th most dangerous small town, and the 1,627th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Dorking was the worst small town in Surrey for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Dorking residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Dorking recorded 6 reports of other crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst small town for other crime in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Dorking are violence and sexual offences, with 478 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 444 offences and a difference of 1.93 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Dorking's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 9% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Dorking Compared To Surrey

Summary of Crimes in Dorking This Year

 DorkingSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47727.0824,96320.8823% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.851,2681.0625% safer
Burglary553.123,6503.052.2% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1468.297,3226.1226% more dangerous
Drugs633.582,7712.3235% more dangerous
Other Crime221.251,3391.1210% more dangerous
Other Theft864.884,9354.1315% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.625330.4527% more dangerous
Public Order18010.227,5216.2938% more dangerous
Robbery130.743690.3158% more dangerous
Shoplifting442.502,9472.461.6% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.683640.3056% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime512.904,9294.1242% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47827.1322,38018.7231% more dangerous

Dorking Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Windlesham88851.6029% safer
Godalming1,35959.5312% safer
Caterham Valley57761.449% safer
Oxted72962.048% safer
Banstead63863.236% safer
Dorking1,17666.76-
Witley58471.987% more dangerous
Addlestone1,43779.4616% more dangerous
Chertsey1,482102.1535% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dorking

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Dorking Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24201727Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.33.53.00.85Safer
Burglary654.03.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson89118Safer
Drugs2.73.12.43.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.60.912.01.2Safer
Other Theft7784.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.850.570.62Safer
Public Order781010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.340.110.74Getting worse
Shoplifting3.94.052.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.450.571.40.68Safer
Vehicle Crime4.54.84.42.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21222527Getting worse

Changes In Dorking's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Dorking's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Dorking that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Field611-213.9
Meadowbank3336211159

Comparing Dorking to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Dorking66.76-
Barnet67.711.4% more dangerous
Coventry77.4114% more dangerous
Croydon83.2220% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8122% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8735% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2838% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Dorking During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dorking change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Dorking saw a 250% increase in drugs. Dorking saw a large fall in vehicle crime during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+170%+56%+52%-2%+71%+97%+57%+218%+60%
Bicycle Theft-60%-40%---75%-88%-60%-88%--
Burglary-22%+14%-25%-67%--82%+200%+33%+60%+25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-31%-91%-20%-43%-21%+31%-5%+36%-36%-48%
Drugs-67%+40%+250%+67%+100%+150%+25%+50%+67%-
Other Crime----83%+100%--25%--75%+33%
Other Theft-38%-81%-50%-64%-67%-65%+29%+22%-58%-
Possession of Weapons----50%------
Public Order-38%-63%-+100%+35%+35%+133%+25%-13%-30%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-60%-71%--25%+60%-75%-25%--60%+25%
Theft From the Person-50%---67%--+100%+100%--75%
Vehicle Crime-33%+33%-43%-33%-67%-92%-75%+60%+33%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-27%+16%+11%+6%+45%+5%+33%-24%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dorking

What police force serves Dorking?
Dorking's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.
How dangerous is Dorking?
Dorking is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Surrey.
What is Dorking's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dorking are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Dorking?
Dorking's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021