Godalming Crime Overview

Godalming is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Surrey, and is the 39th most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Godalming in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Godalming is the 321st most dangerous small town, and the 2,138th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Godalming was the worst small town in Surrey for criminal damage and arson, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.92 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Godalming residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Godalming recorded 7 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst small town for drugs in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Godalming are violence and sexual offences, with 504 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 2.0% higher than 2019's figure of 494 offences and a difference of 0.44 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Godalming's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Godalming Compared To Surrey

Summary of Crimes in Godalming This Year

 GodalmingSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour61626.9824,96320.8823% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft190.831,2681.0628% safer
Burglary743.243,6503.056% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23210.167,3226.1240% more dangerous
Drugs411.802,7712.3229% safer
Other Crime291.271,3391.1212% more dangerous
Other Theft934.074,9354.131.5% safer
Possession of Weapons60.265330.4573% safer
Public Order1848.067,5216.2922% more dangerous
Robbery130.573690.3146% more dangerous
Shoplifting813.552,9472.4631% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.263640.3015% safer
Vehicle Crime773.374,9294.1222% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50422.0822,38018.7215% more dangerous

Godalming Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warlingham40247.5625% safer
Frimley94548.7522% safer
Caterham-on-the-Hill68449.5520% safer
Reigate1,20550.9517% safer
Windlesham88851.6015% safer
Godalming1,35959.53-
Caterham Valley57761.443.1% more dangerous
Oxted72962.044.0% more dangerous
Banstead63863.236% more dangerous
Dorking1,17666.7611% more dangerous
Witley58471.9817% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Godalming

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Godalming Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21232427Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.661.31.70.83Safer
Burglary3.23.44.03.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson881210Getting worse
Drugs1.61.41.81.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.40.791.3Getting worse
Other Theft6674.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.310.350.26Safer
Public Order5598Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.350.740.57Getting worse
Shoplifting3.53.45.03.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.350.530.26Safer
Vehicle Crime2.24.853.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14152222Getting worse

Changes In Godalming's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Godalming to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Godalming59.53-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Godalming's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Farncombe54574First
Godalming North46858Second
Godalming South34847Third

Crime in Godalming During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Godalming change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Godalming saw a 600% increase in drugs. Godalming saw a large fall in shoplifting during September, when it fell by 92% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+42%+34%+141%+136%+17%-20%-38%-20%+2%-13%
Bicycle Theft-67%-50%---63%-80%+100%+300%--
Burglary-55%-30%-75%-25%-33%-13%+33%+233%--86%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-54%-21%-3%--20%+50%-55%-70%-68%
Drugs-57%-43%+100%+200%--33%+100%-40%-50%+600%
Other Crime+300%-----+300%-+200%+50%
Other Theft-68%-50%+60%-56%-43%-40%+22%-56%-85%-40%
Possession of Weapons--------+100%-
Public Order+14%-41%-14%-45%+100%-8%-+17%-42%-67%
Robbery-50%-67%---50%--+100%--
Shoplifting-29%-33%-17%+17%+13%-22%-92%-67%-70%-46%
Theft From the Person----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime-76%-80%--82%-70%+75%-38%+100%+80%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+79%-7%+55%-17%+45%-25%+2%-48%-13%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Godalming

What police force serves Godalming?
Godalming's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.
How dangerous is Godalming?
Godalming is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Surrey.
What is Godalming's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Godalming are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Godalming?
Godalming's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021