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Crime and Safety in Dorking, Surrey

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Dorking is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Surrey, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dorking in 2021 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Surrey rate of 49 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dorking is the 412nd safest small town, and the 2,645th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, 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. October 2021 was also a bad month for Dorking residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Dorking recorded 9 reports of burglary during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst small town for burglary in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Dorking are violence and sexual offences, with 409 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 17% lower than 2020's figure of 478 offences and a difference of 3.91 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Dorking's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 225% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Dorking 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Surrey

29% lower, regional crime rate

South East

37% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dorking is 29% lower than the South East and 37% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dorking Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Dorking 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 Dorking

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202156982
2020671,176
2019771,360
2018691,212
2017641,120
201655961

Crime in Dorking Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Dorking This Year

 DorkingSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33619.0719,44616.26 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft191.081,0900.91 16% more dangerous
Burglary372.102,8872.41 15% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1267.156,4985.43 24% more dangerous
Drugs362.042,0241.69 17% more dangerous
Other Crime221.251,1961.00 20% more dangerous
Other Theft734.145,0164.19 1.2% safer
Possession of Weapons70.404560.38 5% more dangerous
Public Order1578.917,6976.44 28% more dangerous
Robbery40.233250.27 17% safer
Shoplifting422.382,8002.34 1.7% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.574170.35 39% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime402.274,5303.79 67% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40923.2223,35019.53 16% more dangerous

Dorking Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Reigate1,07445.4123% safer
Windlesham79546.2021% safer
Caterham-on-the-Hill67448.8314% safer
Godalming1,15950.7710% safer
Caterham Valley48851.967% safer
Dorking98255.74-
Witley48860.157% more dangerous
Banstead62862.2410% more dangerous
Oxted75464.1613% more dangerous
Addlestone1,36275.3226% more dangerous
Chertsey1,39596.1542% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dorking

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Recent Crimes in Dorking

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Goodwyns RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Queen'S CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Russet WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hart RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spital HeathUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sondes Place DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Curtis RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rushett DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tower HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tollgate RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Olivier CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Curtis RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Dorking Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20172719 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.53.00.851.1 Safer
Burglary54.03.12.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91187 Safer
Drugs3.12.43.62.0 Safer
Other Crime0.912.01.21.2 Safer
Other Theft784.94.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.570.620.40 Safer
Public Order810109 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.110.740.23 Safer
Shoplifting4.052.52.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.571.40.680.57 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.42.92.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22252723 Getting 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 2021.

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
Dorking55.74-
Barnet67.0817% more dangerous
Croydon82.4832% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0538% more dangerous
Bristol90.5238% more dangerous
Coventry102.2445% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0655% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6457% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% 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 10 most dangerous small town 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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