Leatherhead Crime Overview

Leatherhead is the third safest medium-sized town in Surrey, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leatherhead in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 2.5% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leatherhead is the 45th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,851st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2019, Leatherhead had the worst crime rate in Surrey for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Leatherhead are violence and sexual offences, with 658 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 3.5% higher than 2019's figure of 635 offences and a difference of 0.70 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Leatherhead's least common crime is robbery, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Leatherhead Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Leatherhead This Year

 LeatherheadSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour74822.7224,96320.888% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft371.121,2681.065% more dangerous
Burglary892.703,6503.0513% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1925.837,3226.125.0% safer
Drugs521.582,7712.3247% safer
Other Crime250.761,3391.1247% safer
Other Theft1614.894,9354.1316% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons180.555330.4518% more dangerous
Public Order2176.597,5216.294.6% more dangerous
Robbery90.273690.3115% safer
Shoplifting1013.072,9472.4620% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.363640.3017% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1334.044,9294.122.0% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences65819.9922,38018.726% more dangerous

Leatherhead Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Farnham1,63039.5931% safer
Esher2,32644.7416% safer
Leatherhead1,70451.76-
Ewell2,83951.790.06% more dangerous
Horley1,36452.932.2% more dangerous
Camberley2,23155.988% more dangerous
Weybridge1,75457.8811% more dangerous
Ashford1,82463.2018% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leatherhead

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Leatherhead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18141323Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.971.91.91.1Safer
Burglary4.04.24.92.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6676Safer
Drugs1.71.72.21.6Safer
Other Crime1.01.31.40.76Safer
Other Theft8864.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.390.360.55Getting worse
Public Order54.857Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.270.360.27Safer
Shoplifting3.04.053.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.460.520.36Safer
Vehicle Crime3.23.64.64.0Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15151920Getting worse

Changes In Leatherhead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Leatherhead's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chrystie Recreation Ground3----00.94
King George's Field3----00.26

Comparing Leatherhead to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Leatherhead51.76-
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4133% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2140% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in Leatherhead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leatherhead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Leatherhead saw a 409% increase in anti-social behaviour. Leatherhead saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+140%+88%+44%+21%+6%+70%+90%+214%+409%
Bicycle Theft--75%-50%--80%--36%--17%-
Burglary-64%-47%-88%-46%-20%-57%+25%--80%-73%
Criminal Damage and Arson-39%+5%-46%+100%-26%-20%-55%-8%+36%-21%
Drugs-75%-38%--20%+33%-50%+33%-29%-80%-75%
Other Crime-67%-75%-+200%-40%--67%--33%-75%
Other Theft+33%-65%-38%-72%+36%+50%-39%+86%-6%-33%
Possession of Weapons---33%--25%-----
Public Order+58%+40%+53%+39%+73%+29%-19%+7%+64%+33%
Robbery--50%-50%----+100%--
Shoplifting-11%-33%-55%-50%-48%-78%-8%-76%+25%-
Theft From the Person-----+100%-+33%-50%-50%
Vehicle Crime+43%-50%-64%+29%-50%+88%-59%+67%--25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-15%+28%-6%+15%+17%-16%+2%+2%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leatherhead

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021