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Crime and Safety in Guildford

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Guildford is the most dangerous major towns in Surrey, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Guildford in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Surrey rate of 49 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Guildford is the 29th safest major town, and the 1,550th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Guildford had the worst crime rate in Surrey for drugs, with 27 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Guildford residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 53 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Guildford recorded 10 reports of other crime during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for other crime in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Guildford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,410 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 2,094 offences and a difference of 3.65 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Guildford's least common crime is robbery, with 26 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 3.8% from 2020's figure of 25 crimes.

Guildford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Surrey

2.9% lower, regional crime rate

South East

9% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Guildford is 2.9% lower than the South East and 9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Guildford Crime Rate Over Time

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Guildford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Guildford 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 Guildford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021706,053
2020675,825
2019827,124
2018736,305
2017716,125
2016625,384

Crime in Guildford Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Guildford This Year

 GuildfordSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,84721.3319,44616.26 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1641.891,0900.91 52% more dangerous
Burglary1822.102,8872.41 15% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5496.346,4985.43 14% more dangerous
Drugs2863.302,0241.69 49% more dangerous
Other Crime1321.521,1961.00 34% more dangerous
Other Theft4725.455,0164.19 23% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons590.684560.38 44% more dangerous
Public Order92310.667,6976.44 40% more dangerous
Robbery260.303250.27 10% more dangerous
Shoplifting5606.472,8002.34 64% more dangerous
Theft From the Person760.884170.35 60% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2142.474,5303.79 53% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,41027.8323,35019.53 30% more dangerous

Guildford Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woking6,18259.9817% safer
Walton-on-Thames4,34762.8111% safer
Guildford6,05369.89-

Crime Over Time in Guildford

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Recent Crimes in Guildford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dovedale CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BarsFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The QuadrangleInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stocton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Woodruff AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Palm GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station ApproachUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodbridge MeadowsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Upper Edgeborough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kings'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tilehouse RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near North RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackberry CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodside RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Guildford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23242521 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.32.62.31.9 Safer
Burglary4.63.52.82.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8976 Safer
Drugs3.44.04.33.3 Safer
Other Crime1.61.91.41.5 Safer
Other Theft9855 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.740.520.68 Getting worse
Public Order8101011 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.520.290.30 Safer
Shoplifting91266 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.990.720.88 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.12.82.32.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21262428 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.084.2% safer
Guildford69.89-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0522% more dangerous
Bristol90.5223% more dangerous
Coventry102.2432% more dangerous
Leicester111.5937% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6446% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9454% 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 & Weyfield52780Third
Burpham North & Merrow East31636Eighth
Burpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West27328Ninth
Guildford Town Centre2,016163First
Onslow Village and University1,349142Second
Park Barn & Royal Surrey63761Fourth
Pewley Down & The Mount25039Seventh
Stoughton46753Fifth
Woodbridge Hill28640Sixth

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 (108)Guildford Town Centre (700)
Bicycle TheftWoodbridge Hill (3)Onslow Village and University (64)
BurglaryBurpham North & Merrow East (7)Guildford Town Centre (64)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBurpham North & Merrow East (28)Onslow Village and University (119)
DrugsBurpham North & Merrow East (7)Onslow Village and University (87)
Other CrimeBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (4)Guildford Town Centre (45)
Other TheftBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (18)Guildford Town Centre (152)
Possession of WeaponsWoodbridge Hill (2)Guildford Town Centre (18)
Public OrderBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (36)Guildford Town Centre (379)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Burpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (1)Guildford Town Centre (9)
ShopliftingBurpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (2)Guildford Town Centre (328)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Burpham, Boxgrove & Merrow West (1)Guildford Town Centre (50)
Vehicle CrimeStoughton (9)Guildford Town Centre (58)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBurpham North & Merrow East (105)Onslow Village and University (638)

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 possession of weapons. Guildford saw a large fall in possession of weapons during September, when it fell by 92% compared to September in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Guildford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-15%+51%+47%+35%-11%-12%-1%+6%+21%+41%
Bicycle Theft-50%+67%-54%-43%+34%-35%--8%-24%-15%
Burglary-36%-56%-79%+40%+93%-16%-22%-3%-54%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-48%-66%-15%-39%+2%+9%-10%-49%-12%-28%
Drugs+24%-3%+9%+50%+43%--39%+13%-28%+78%
Other Crime-57%-30%-60%+17%-18%+27%-29%-13%-7%-75%
Other Theft-13%-78%-57%-33%-29%-26%-37%-48%-55%-43%
Possession of Weapons-22%-67%-33%-67%+100%-67%-92%+40%-17%+100%
Public Order+45%-29%+4%+40%+38%+3%-19%-8%-7%+10%
Robbery-75%--50%--50%+100%+33%-33%-25%-50%
Shoplifting-60%-71%-65%-55%-51%-38%-20%-63%-37%+12%
Theft From the Person---57%-50%+100%--11%-33%-88%-45%
Vehicle Crime-28%-50%-30%-20%-27%-42%+27%-38%--41%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%-42%-25%-12%-2%+9%-5%-12%-30%-6%

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).

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