Woking Crime Overview

Woking is the safest major town in Surrey, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Woking in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Surrey rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Woking is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,041st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Woking had the worst crime rate in Surrey for bicycle theft, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Woking residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Woking recorded 49 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Woking are violence and sexual offences, with 2,510 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 3.7% lower than 2019's figure of 2,604 offences and a difference of 0.92 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Woking's least common crime is theft from the person, with 35 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 109% from 2019's figure of 73 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Woking This Year

 WokingSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,67325.9424,96320.8820% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2832.751,2681.0661% more dangerous
Burglary3183.093,6503.051.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6356.167,3226.120.65% more dangerous
Drugs2652.572,7712.3210% more dangerous
Other Crime1451.411,3391.1221% more dangerous
Other Theft5074.924,9354.1316% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons480.475330.454.3% more dangerous
Public Order7697.467,5216.2916% more dangerous
Robbery480.473690.3134% more dangerous
Shoplifting2602.522,9472.462.4% more dangerous
Theft From the Person350.343640.3012% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4174.054,9294.121.7% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,51024.3522,38018.7223% more dangerous

Crime in Woking Compared To Surrey

Woking Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woking6,24060.55-
Walton-on-Thames4,32762.523.2% more dangerous
Guildford5,95068.7012% more dangerous

Woking Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24212226Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.72.02.82.8Getting worse
Burglary54.64.83.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8886Safer
Drugs2.22.82.62.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.51.21.4Safer
Other Theft6774.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.780.500.47Safer
Public Order7777Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.420.510.47Getting worse
Shoplifting4.14.24.02.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.670.710.34Safer
Vehicle Crime3.84.154.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20192524Getting worse

Changes In Woking's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Woking to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Woking60.55-
Barnet67.7111% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Woking's Neighbourhoods

Woking Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Woking, followed by Knaphill in second place, and Old Woking & Westfield as the third most dangerous area. Woking's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hook Heath, New Haw & Woodham, and West Byfleet & Pyrford North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Goldsworth Park48654Fifth
Hook Heath15226Eighth
Knaphill70188Second
New Haw & Woodham49250Sixth
Old Woking & Westfield83979Third
Sheerwater72870Fourth
West Byfleet & Pyrford North43548Seventh
Woking Central1,255116First

Woking Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHook Heath (44)Woking Central (501)
Bicycle TheftHook Heath (2)Woking Central (148)
BurglaryWest Byfleet & Pyrford North (25)Knaphill (39)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHook Heath (12)Old Woking & Westfield (105)
DrugsGoldsworth Park (11)Woking Central (57)
Other CrimeWest Byfleet & Pyrford North (7)Woking Central (28)
Other TheftHook Heath (11)Knaphill (95)
Possession of WeaponsGoldsworth Park (2)Sheerwater (8)
Public OrderHook Heath (20)Woking Central (175)
Robbery (inc. mugging)New Haw & Woodham (2)Knaphill (7)
ShopliftingSheerwater (3)Woking Central (128)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Sheerwater (1)Woking Central (18)
Vehicle CrimeKnaphill (21)West Byfleet & Pyrford North (58)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHook Heath (49)Knaphill (328)

Crime in Woking During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Woking change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Woking saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Woking saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 91% compared to October in 2019. Rates of burglary and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Woking's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+119%+61%+46%+33%-4%-26%-23%+17%+61%
Bicycle Theft+6%-63%--8%+10%-5%-7%+24%-14%-46%
Burglary-36%-79%+4%-36%-29%-39%-38%-38%-14%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson-45%-32%+2%+2%-1%-27%-34%-8%-22%-2%
Drugs-18%+82%-+24%-18%-44%+44%+75%-30%+89%
Other Crime+58%-62%+50%+100%+45%-10%+46%+13%-20%-45%
Other Theft-27%-74%-32%-52%+5%+11%-25%-30%-46%-28%
Possession of Weapons+20%+500%+67%-78%+400%-40%-25%-33%-50%-
Public Order+25%-25%+6%-13%+6%+61%+36%-33%-33%+13%
Robbery+50%-67%+25%-83%+25%-67%+100%+33%+200%-22%
Shoplifting-58%-54%-42%-45%+24%+7%-35%-43%-53%-68%
Theft From the Person-43%-67%-50%-33%-14%-20%--91%--60%
Vehicle Crime-5%-36%-39%-53%-23%-4%-64%-45%--32%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-9%+8%-17%+2%-6%+9%+8%-5%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Woking

What police force serves Woking?
Woking's local territorial police force is the Surrey Police.
How dangerous is Woking?
Woking is the safest major town in Surrey.
What is Woking's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Woking are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Woking?
Woking's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021