Esher Crime Overview

Esher is the second safest medium-sized town in Surrey, and is the 43rd safest overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Esher in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 13% lower than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Esher is the 25th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,674th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Esher had the worst crime rate in Surrey for possession of weapons, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Esher residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 54 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Esher recorded 4 reports of robbery during October 2018, 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 873 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 779 offences and a difference of 1.81 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Esher's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 15 crimes.

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Crime in Esher Compared To Surrey

Summary of Crimes in Esher This Year

 EsherSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour99719.1824,96320.889% safer
Bicycle Theft651.251,2681.0615% more dangerous
Burglary1552.983,6503.052.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2825.427,3226.1213% safer
Drugs1232.372,7712.322.1% more dangerous
Other Crime320.621,3391.1281% safer
Other Theft1743.354,9354.1323% safer
Possession of Weapons270.525330.4513% more dangerous
Public Order2635.067,5216.2924% safer
Robbery150.293690.317% safer
Shoplifting721.382,9472.4678% safer
Theft From the Person60.123640.30150% safer
Vehicle Crime2394.604,9294.1210% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences87316.7922,38018.7211% safer

Esher Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Farnham1,63039.5913% safer
Esher2,32644.74-
Leatherhead1,70451.7614% more dangerous
Ewell2,83951.7914% more dangerous
Horley1,36452.9315% more dangerous
Camberley2,23155.9820% more dangerous
Weybridge1,75457.8823% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Esher

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Esher Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12121019Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.42.32.01.2Safer
Burglary7553.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6655Safer
Drugs1.31.51.82.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.810.870.830.62Safer
Other Theft6653.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.310.330.52Getting worse
Public Order4.24.74.55Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.540.460.29Safer
Shoplifting1.52.21.31.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.170.400.290.12Safer
Vehicle Crime6654.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12141517Getting 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 2020.

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
Esher44.74-
Barnet67.7134% more dangerous
Coventry77.4142% more dangerous
Croydon83.2246% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8148% more dangerous
Bristol86.2148% more dangerous
Leicester97.4454% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Esher's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Molesey38059Second
Esher40754Third
Hinchley Wood & Weston Green37139Seventh
Long Ditton29645Fifth
Thames Ditton27042Sixth
West Molesey North29150Fourth
West Molesey South43264First

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 (128)West Molesey South (228)
Bicycle TheftEsher (2)East Molesey (21)
BurglaryEast Molesey (12)Long Ditton (35)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHinchley Wood & Weston Green (29)West Molesey North (58)
DrugsLong Ditton (12)East Molesey (27)
Other CrimeWest Molesey North (1)Esher (9)
Other TheftThames Ditton (16)East Molesey (37)
Possession of WeaponsLong Ditton (1)West Molesey South (9)
Public OrderHinchley Wood & Weston Green (29)East Molesey (46)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Esher (1)Thames Ditton (6)
ShopliftingLong Ditton (2)Esher (19)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Esher (1)East Molesey (3)
Vehicle CrimeWest Molesey South (28)Thames Ditton (41)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHinchley Wood & Weston Green (104)West Molesey South (213)

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 September, when Esher saw a 400% increase in possession of weapons. Esher saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Esher's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+102%+235%+72%+137%+32%+47%+51%+179%+233%
Bicycle Theft-50%--29%-77%-50%+133%-67%-80%-57%-33%
Burglary-74%-75%+16%-47%-29%-54%-76%-19%-65%-45%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+3%+30%+24%+100%-4%--39%-30%-34%
Drugs+60%+220%+233%+100%-25%+60%-30%-62%+38%+57%
Other Crime+25%-+50%-+200%--25%+50%-40%-80%
Other Theft-60%-69%-67%-65%+62%-11%-52%-40%-42%-44%
Possession of Weapons-50%+100%-50%+200%-+300%+400%+300%--
Public Order+71%-19%+25%+19%-38%+108%+9%+56%+5%-6%
Robbery---33%---50%----
Shoplifting-13%--+25%+100%+75%-+17%-58%-33%
Theft From the Person-----50%--50%-50%--
Vehicle Crime-29%-4%-9%-+35%+21%--35%+29%-12%
Violence and Sexual Offences+43%-6%+9%+6%+17%+40%+7%-19%-14%+4%

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 second 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021