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Crime and Safety in Esher, Surrey

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Esher is the third safest medium-sized towns in Surrey, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Esher in 2021 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 1.7% lower than the Surrey rate of 49 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Esher is the 24th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,533rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Esher had the worst crime rate in Surrey for burglary, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Esher residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Esher recorded 4 reports of robbery during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for robbery in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Esher are violence and sexual offences, with 987 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 924 offences and a difference of 1.21 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Esher's least common crime is theft from the person, with 14 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 43% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Esher 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Surrey

50% lower, regional crime rate

South East

59% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Esher is 50% lower than the South East and 59% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Esher Crime Rate Over Time

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Esher Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Esher 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 Esher

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021482,493
2020482,488
2019512,649
2018532,739
2017502,616
2016422,170

Crime in Esher Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Esher This Year

 EsherSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour86616.6619,44616.26 2.4% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft581.121,0900.91 19% more dangerous
Burglary1703.272,8872.41 26% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3156.066,4985.43 10% more dangerous
Drugs951.832,0241.69 8% more dangerous
Other Crime541.041,1961.00 3.8% more dangerous
Other Theft2134.105,0164.19 2.2% safer
Possession of Weapons230.444560.38 14% more dangerous
Public Order3156.067,6976.44 6% safer
Robbery150.293250.27 7% more dangerous
Shoplifting390.752,8002.34 212% safer
Theft From the Person140.274170.35 30% safer
Vehicle Crime1953.754,5303.79 1.1% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences98718.9823,35019.53 2.9% safer

Esher Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ewell2,39143.6210% safer
Farnham1,86245.236% safer
Esher2,49347.95-
Leatherhead1,64950.094.3% more dangerous
Camberley2,19555.0813% more dangerous
Weybridge1,70356.2015% more dangerous
Horley1,50358.3218% more dangerous
Ashford1,70559.0719% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Esher

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Recent Crimes in Esher

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dunstable RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Vale CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Thames MeadowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Thames SideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sadlers RideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Station ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grange CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Claremont AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Oaken LaneFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022DrugsOn or near Embercourt RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Theatre/Concert HallUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fleet CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near College DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Race TrackUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Haymeads DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Palace RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Esher Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13122117 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.62.21.41.1 Safer
Burglary663.13.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666 Safer
Drugs1.61.82.51.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.850.651.0 Getting worse
Other Theft663.74.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.350.580.44 Getting worse
Public Order54.756 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.560.480.310.29 Safer
Shoplifting2.41.31.40.75 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.440.310.150.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime6653.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15161819 Getting worse

Changes In Esher's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Esher's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Grovelands Recreation Ground11---406
Molesey Hurst Recreation Ground10-1-222.5

Comparing Esher to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Esher47.95-
Barnet67.0829% more dangerous
Croydon82.4842% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0547% more dangerous
Bristol90.5247% more dangerous
Coventry102.2453% more dangerous
Leicester111.5957% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0661% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6463% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% more dangerous

Crime in Esher's Neighbourhoods

East Molesey is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Esher, followed by West Molesey South in second place, and Esher as the third most dangerous area. Esher's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hinchley Wood & Weston Green, Thames Ditton, and West Molesey North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Molesey41063First
Esher43758Third
Hinchley Wood & Weston Green35237Seventh
Long Ditton30246Fourth
Thames Ditton26641Sixth
West Molesey North26445Fifth
West Molesey South42162Second

Esher Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Esher for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHinchley Wood & Weston Green (130)West Molesey South (159)
Bicycle TheftEsher (1)East Molesey (25)
BurglaryWest Molesey South (13)East Molesey (35)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Molesey North (34)Hinchley Wood & Weston Green (81)
DrugsHinchley Wood & Weston Green (8)Esher (27)
Other CrimeThames Ditton (5)East Molesey (11)
Other TheftThames Ditton (23)West Molesey South (32)
Possession of WeaponsThames Ditton (1)Esher (7)
Public OrderHinchley Wood & Weston Green (20)Esher (72)
Robbery (inc. mugging)West Molesey South (1)Thames Ditton (6)
ShopliftingHinchley Wood & Weston Green (1)East Molesey (18)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Thames Ditton (1)West Molesey North (3)
Vehicle CrimeWest Molesey North (8)Long Ditton (49)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHinchley Wood & Weston Green (96)West Molesey South (226)

Crime in Esher During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Esher change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Esher saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Esher saw a large fall in other crime during December, when it fell by 80% compared to December in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Esher's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-16%+112%+246%+72%+106%+33%+43%+49%+165%+211%
Bicycle Theft-33%--29%-77%-63%+67%-65%-75%-57%-33%
Burglary-74%-76%+5%-47%-37%-61%-78%-18%-68%-48%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%+6%+13%+11%+86%+9%+5%-44%-22%-29%
Drugs+60%+220%+229%+78%-25%+60%-27%-62%+75%+57%
Other Crime+50%-+50%-+200%+25%-25%+50%-50%-80%
Other Theft-55%-63%-70%-63%+57%-19%-50%-32%-33%-43%
Possession of Weapons-50%+100%-50%+200%-+300%+400%+500%-67%-
Public Order+60%-24%+56%+26%-34%+65%-+40%-+6%
Robbery-50%--33%---50%----
Shoplifting-22%--+25%+100%+40%-+17%-58%-50%
Theft From the Person+50%----50%--50%-50%--
Vehicle Crime-17%-14%-+20%+28%+18%+19%-29%+25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%-8%+16%+9%+13%+36%+1%-12%-11%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Esher

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

How dangerous is Esher?
Esher is the third safest medium-sized town in Surrey.

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

What is the least common crime in Esher?
Esher's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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