Farnham Crime Overview

Farnham is the safest medium-sized town in Surrey, and is the 36th safest overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Farnham in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Farnham is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,484th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2017, Farnham had the worst crime rate in Surrey for theft from the person, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Farnham are violence and sexual offences, with 599 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 2.5% lower than 2019's figure of 614 offences and a difference of 0.36 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Farnham's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Farnham Compared To Surrey

Summary of Crimes in Farnham This Year

 FarnhamSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour71417.3424,96320.8820% safer
Bicycle Theft230.561,2681.0689% safer
Burglary882.143,6503.0543% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2054.987,3226.1223% safer
Drugs521.262,7712.3284% safer
Other Crime350.851,3391.1232% safer
Other Theft1473.574,9354.1316% safer
Possession of Weapons140.345330.4532% safer
Public Order1994.837,5216.2930% safer
Robbery70.173690.3182% safer
Shoplifting1112.702,9472.469% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.363640.3017% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1353.284,9294.1226% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59914.5522,38018.7229% safer

Farnham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Farnham1,63039.59-
Esher2,32644.7412% more dangerous
Leatherhead1,70451.7624% more dangerous
Ewell2,83951.7924% more dangerous
Horley1,36452.9325% more dangerous
Camberley2,23155.9829% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Farnham

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Farnham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15141417Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.530.951.30.56Safer
Burglary4.04.14.12.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.965.0Safer
Drugs0.851.51.21.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.781.10.870.85Safer
Other Theft6763.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.150.530.220.34Getting worse
Public Order3.94.34.94.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.190.170.17No change
Shoplifting2.22.62.82.7Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.560.390.610.36Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.53.83.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10111515Getting worse

Changes In Farnham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Farnham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Farnham Park823-260.16
Langham Recreation Ground16---2210

Comparing Farnham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Farnham39.59-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4149% more dangerous
Croydon83.2252% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8154% more dangerous
Bristol86.2154% more dangerous
Leicester97.4459% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Farnham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Farnham Moor Park & Bourne23137Fourth
Farnham Shortheath26938Third
Farnham Town62574First
Farnham Upper Hale20830Fifth
Farnham Weybourne & Badshot Lea31553Second
Farnham Wrecclesham19030Sixth

Farnham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFarnham Wrecclesham (81)Farnham Town (289)
Bicycle TheftFarnham Upper Hale (2)Farnham Town (11)
BurglaryFarnham Shortheath (6)Farnham Town (43)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFarnham Wrecclesham (22)Farnham Town (63)
DrugsFarnham Upper Hale (2)Farnham Town (20)
Other CrimeFarnham Moor Park & Bourne (2)Farnham Weybourne & Badshot Lea (21)
Other TheftFarnham Upper Hale (11)Farnham Town (51)
Possession of WeaponsFarnham Shortheath (1)Farnham Town (6)
Public OrderFarnham Wrecclesham (21)Farnham Town (97)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Farnham Upper Hale (2)Farnham Town (5)
ShopliftingFarnham Shortheath (4)Farnham Town (56)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Farnham Upper Hale (1)Farnham Town (12)
Vehicle CrimeFarnham Moor Park & Bourne (13)Farnham Weybourne & Badshot Lea (45)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFarnham Upper Hale (85)Farnham Town (220)

Crime in Farnham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Farnham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Farnham saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Farnham saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Farnham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-43%+77%+67%+34%+31%-3%-14%+42%+56%+139%
Bicycle Theft-75%--40%--70%--25%-90%-50%-
Burglary-37%--78%-67%-17%-43%-29%-82%-88%-27%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%-15%-74%-59%+41%-41%-22%+13%+17%-
Drugs+33%+150%-50%+50%+50%--13%-63%-+50%
Other Crime-+50%-+25%---75%+67%--50%
Other Theft-35%-53%-50%-75%-7%--66%-58%-52%-40%
Possession of Weapons-+300%--50%-50%-----
Public Order-6%+14%-6%-19%-7%-39%-19%-+211%+8%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-11%+50%-33%-50%-50%-31%-27%+22%+20%+33%
Theft From the Person+100%---67%-75%---50%--80%
Vehicle Crime-52%-13%+29%-67%--63%+30%+44%+70%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-45%+17%-40%+14%+56%-18%+41%-5%+10%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Farnham

What police force serves Farnham?
Farnham's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.
How dangerous is Farnham?
Farnham is the safest medium-sized town in Surrey.
What is Farnham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Farnham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Farnham?
Farnham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021