Guildford Crime Overview

Guildford is the most dangerous major town in Surrey, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Guildford in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Guildford is the 36th safest major town, and the 1,490th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Guildford had the worst crime rate in Surrey for criminal damage and arson, with 53 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.61 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Guildford residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 49 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Guildford recorded 15 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst for other crime in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Guildford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,155 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 2,328 offences and a difference of 2.00 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Guildford's least common crime is robbery, with 25 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 45 crimes.

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See how Guildford shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Guildford and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Guildford Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Guildford This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,29126.4524,96320.8821% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2022.331,2681.0655% more dangerous
Burglary2502.893,6503.056% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6026.957,3226.1212% more dangerous
Drugs3784.362,7712.3247% more dangerous
Other Crime1261.451,3391.1223% more dangerous
Other Theft4625.334,9354.1323% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons450.525330.4513% more dangerous
Public Order88310.207,5216.2938% more dangerous
Robbery250.293690.317% safer
Shoplifting5586.442,9472.4662% more dangerous
Theft From the Person620.723640.3058% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2022.334,9294.1277% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,15524.8822,38018.7225% more dangerous

Guildford Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woking6,24060.5513% safer
Walton-on-Thames4,32762.5210% safer

Crime Over Time in Guildford

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Guildford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour27242526Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson9897Safer
Drugs3. worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft9995Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.760.760.52Safer
Public Order881010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.350.520.29Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.760.990.72Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences21212725Getting worse

Changes In Guildford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Guildford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bannister's Playing Field152-248
Guildford Park Playing Field2-1--18
St Joseph's Church3-1-4237
Stoke Recreation Ground12---105
Stoughton Recreation Ground5-1-201.6

Comparing Guildford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.5% safer
Coventry77.4111% more dangerous
Croydon83.2217% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2120% more dangerous
Leicester97.4429% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Guildford's Neighbourhoods

Guildford Town Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Guildford, followed by Onslow Village and University in second place, and Bellfields, Slyfield & Weyfield as the third most dangerous area. Guildford's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Burpham North & Merrow East, Burpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West, and Pewley Down & The Mount.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bellfields, Slyfield & Weyfield56385Third
Burpham North & Merrow East31336Eighth
Burpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West30932Ninth
Guildford Town Centre1,997161First
Onslow Village and University1,131119Second
Park Barn & Royal Surrey59557Fourth
Pewley Down & The Mount24238Seventh
Woodbridge Hill30743Sixth

Guildford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (129)Guildford Town Centre (774)
Bicycle TheftBurpham North & Merrow East (2)Guildford Town Centre (91)
BurglaryBurpham North & Merrow East (14)Guildford Town Centre (70)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBurpham North & Merrow East (37)Guildford Town Centre (181)
DrugsBurpham North & Merrow East (10)Guildford Town Centre (129)
Other CrimeBurpham North & Merrow East (6)Guildford Town Centre (49)
Other TheftBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (17)Guildford Town Centre (171)
Possession of WeaponsBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (1)Onslow Village and University (15)
Public OrderBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (37)Guildford Town Centre (335)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Burpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (1)Guildford Town Centre (10)
ShopliftingPewley Down & The Mount (1)Guildford Town Centre (313)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bellfields, Slyfield & Weyfield (1)Guildford Town Centre (31)
Vehicle CrimeStoughton (11)Guildford Town Centre (51)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (129)Onslow Village and University (454)

Crime in Guildford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Guildford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Guildford saw a 100% increase in burglary. Guildford saw a large fall in possession of weapons during September, when it fell by 92% compared to September in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Guildford's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+49%+52%+37%-9%-12%-8%+8%+25%+51%
Bicycle Theft-50%+67%-54%-46%+34%-35%+6%-15%-18%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson-48%-66%-15%-36%-+8%-12%-49%-8%-24%
Other Crime-57%-30%-40%+8%-25%+27%-29%-6%-7%-75%
Other Theft-15%-75%-57%-33%-30%-23%-37%-45%-54%-42%
Possession of Weapons-22%-71%-43%-67%+100%-67%-92%+40%-17%+100%
Public Order+40%-34%+7%+44%+36%--17%-5%-8%+12%
Theft From the Person---57%-50%+100%--11%-33%-88%-45%
Vehicle Crime-28%-50%-20%-23%-30%-42%+25%-41%-6%-44%
Violence and Sexual Offences+25%-42%-25%-11%-1%+11%-3%-12%-33%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Guildford

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021