Horley Crime Overview

Horley is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Surrey, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Horley in 2020 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 4.7% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Horley is the 51st safest medium-sized town, and the 2,714th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2019, Horley was the worst medium-sized town in Surrey for criminal damage and arson, with 61 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Horley residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Horley recorded 5 reports of possession of weapons during October 2019, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Horley are violence and sexual offences, with 618 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 0.97% higher than 2019's figure of 612 offences and a difference of 0.23 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Horley's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Horley Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Horley This Year

 HorleySurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour57422.2724,96320.886% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft230.891,2681.0619% safer
Burglary381.473,6503.05107% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1646.367,3226.123.8% more dangerous
Drugs572.212,7712.325.0% safer
Other Crime271.051,3391.127% safer
Other Theft1003.884,9354.136% safer
Possession of Weapons110.435330.454.7% safer
Public Order1877.267,5216.2913% more dangerous
Robbery40.163690.3194% safer
Shoplifting461.792,9472.4637% safer
Theft From the Person80.313640.303.2% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime813.144,9294.1231% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences61823.9822,38018.7222% more dangerous

Horley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Farnham1,63039.5934% safer
Esher2,32644.7418% safer
Leatherhead1,70451.762.3% safer
Ewell2,83951.792.2% safer
Horley1,36452.93-
Camberley2,23155.985% more dangerous
Weybridge1,75457.889% more dangerous
Ashford1,82463.2016% more dangerous
Egham1,88164.1117% more dangerous
Redhill2,46165.7019% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Horley

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Horley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19151522Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.310.430.850.89Getting worse
Burglary2.63.42.41.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson87106Safer
Drugs1.01.72.12.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.51.71.0Safer
Other Theft4.7763.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.540.390.43Safer
Public Order7677Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.470.310.16Safer
Shoplifting2.73.13.01.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.270.470.620.31Safer
Vehicle Crime2.13.53.73.1Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16182424Getting worse

Changes In Horley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Horley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Horley52.93-
Barnet67.7122% more dangerous
Coventry77.4132% more dangerous
Croydon83.2236% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8138% more dangerous
Bristol86.2139% more dangerous
Leicester97.4446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2851% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Horley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Horley Central70777First
Horley East23430Third
Horley West42348Second

Crime in Horley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Horley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Horley saw a 700% increase in vehicle crime. Horley saw a large fall in burglary during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+160%+182%+78%+9%-2%+47%+16%+100%+152%
Bicycle Theft+300%---67%--33%+150%--80%-
Burglary-14%+200%+50%+50%-20%-92%-40%-67%-83%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-65%-64%+63%-16%-54%+17%-47%-82%--61%
Drugs-30%-67%+20%+17%+50%-50%+17%-+250%+25%
Other Crime-75%-50%-33%--80%+75%-+33%--
Other Theft-80%+100%-46%+29%-33%-53%-50%+43%-62%-53%
Possession of Weapons---+100%----80%--
Public Order-53%-22%+46%+41%+33%-19%+43%+100%-55%-47%
Shoplifting-62%--50%-56%-17%-80%+33%--+50%
Theft From the Person-----+200%----
Vehicle Crime+700%-17%-40%-61%-33%-67%-+367%-36%-60%
Violence and Sexual Offences-28%+13%-24%+7%+7%+4%+15%+41%+16%-34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Horley

What police force serves Horley?
Horley's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.
How dangerous is Horley?
Horley is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Surrey.
What is Horley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Horley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Horley?
Horley's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021