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Crime and Safety in Godalming

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Godalming is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Surrey, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Godalming in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 4.0% higher than the Surrey rate of 49 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Godalming is the 346th safest small town, and the 3,177th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Godalming had the worst crime rate in Surrey for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Godalming are violence and sexual offences, with 463 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 504 offences and a difference of 1.80 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Godalming's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 20% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Godalming 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Surrey

42% lower, regional crime rate

South East

51% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Godalming is 42% lower than the South East and 51% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Godalming Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Godalming 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 Godalming

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021511,159
2020601,359
2019691,581
2018511,167
2017481,093
201643979

Crime in Godalming Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Godalming This Year

 GodalmingSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34715.2019,44616.26 7% safer
Bicycle Theft140.611,0900.91 49% safer
Burglary723.152,8872.41 23% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1516.616,4985.43 18% more dangerous
Drugs351.532,0241.69 10% safer
Other Crime301.311,1961.00 24% more dangerous
Other Theft853.725,0164.19 13% safer
Possession of Weapons90.394560.38 2.6% more dangerous
Public Order1607.017,6976.44 8% more dangerous
Robbery90.393250.27 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting512.232,8002.34 4.9% safer
Theft From the Person50.224170.35 59% safer
Vehicle Crime753.294,5303.79 15% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46320.2823,35019.53 3.7% more dangerous

Godalming Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Frimley85243.9516% safer
Warlingham37544.3614% safer
Reigate1,07445.4112% safer
Windlesham79546.2010% safer
Caterham-on-the-Hill67448.834.0% safer
Godalming1,15950.77-
Caterham Valley48851.962.3% more dangerous
Dorking98255.749% more dangerous
Witley48860.1516% more dangerous
Banstead62862.2418% more dangerous
Oxted75464.1621% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Godalming

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Recent Crimes in Godalming

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak MeadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Catteshall RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Badgers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holly LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Field View CottagesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Harvest HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Ockford RidgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near NorthbourneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near The DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Squirrels CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bourne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Allden CottagesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Priorsfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pound CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near BinscombeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ockford DriveFurther investigation is not in the public interest

Godalming Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23242715 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.70.830.61 Safer
Burglary3.44.03.23.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson812107 Safer
Drugs1.41.81.81.5 Safer
Other Crime1.40.791.31.3 Getting worse
Other Theft674.13.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.350.260.39 Safer
Public Order5987 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.740.570.39 Safer
Shoplifting3.45.03.62.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.530.260.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.853.43.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15222220 Getting worse

Changes In Godalming's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Godalming to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Godalming50.77-
Barnet67.0824% more dangerous
Croydon82.4838% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0544% more dangerous
Bristol90.5244% more dangerous
Coventry102.2450% more dangerous
Leicester111.5955% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0659% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6461% more dangerous
Bradford132.2862% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Godalming's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Farncombe46563First
Godalming North40250Second
Godalming South29540Third

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 town 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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