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Crime and Safety in Woking

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Woking is the safest major towns in Surrey, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Surrey's 105 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Woking in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Surrey's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Surrey rate of 49 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Woking is among the top 20 safest major town, and the 2,248th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Woking had the worst crime rate in Surrey for bicycle theft, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Woking residents, when it was Surrey's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Woking recorded 64 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.62 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Surrey that month.

The most common crimes in Woking are violence and sexual offences, with 2,652 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 2,486 offences and a difference of 1.61 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Woking's least common crime is theft from the person, with 38 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 8% from 2020's figure of 35 crimes.

Woking 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Surrey

20% lower, regional crime rate

South East

27% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Woking is 20% lower than the South East and 27% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Woking Crime Rate Over Time

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Woking Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Woking 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 Woking

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021606,182
2020606,195
2019697,078
2018636,471
2017626,394
2016505,178

Crime in Woking Compared To Surrey

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Summary of Crimes in Woking This Year

 WokingSurrey 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,06620.0519,44616.26 19% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2302.231,0900.91 59% more dangerous
Burglary2422.352,8872.41 2.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6025.846,4985.43 7% more dangerous
Drugs1991.932,0241.69 12% more dangerous
Other Crime1251.211,1961.00 17% more dangerous
Other Theft5445.285,0164.19 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons410.404560.38 5% more dangerous
Public Order8117.877,6976.44 18% more dangerous
Robbery480.473250.27 43% more dangerous
Shoplifting2542.462,8002.34 4.9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person380.374170.35 5% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3963.844,5303.79 1.3% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,65225.7323,35019.53 24% more dangerous

Woking Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woking6,18259.98-
Walton-on-Thames4,34762.814.5% more dangerous
Guildford6,05369.8914% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Woking

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Recent Crimes in Woking

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Westerham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SythwoodUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cardigan CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinewood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pinewood GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chipstead CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Devonshire AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Amis AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Birds GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandy CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Westerham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Cygnet CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cardigan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadow ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Woking Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21222620 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.92.82.82.2 Safer
Burglary4.64.83.12.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766 Safer
Drugs2.82.52.51.9 Safer
Other Crime1.51.21.41.2 Safer
Other Theft774.95 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.500.460.40 Safer
Public Order7778 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.510.470.47 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.24.02.52.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.710.340.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.054.03.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19252426 Getting worse

Changes In Woking's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Woking's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Woking that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Horsell and Woking Cricket Club6---427
Loop Road Recreation Ground8-1--43.0
Old Woking Cricket Club2----23.0
Pyrford Cricket Club4----12.0
Woking Park4723-1195

Comparing Woking to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Woking59.98-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0533% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Coventry102.2441% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% 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 Park50256Fifth
Hook Heath18030Eighth
Knaphill69487Second
New Haw & Woodham52753Sixth
Old Woking & Westfield79875Third
Sheerwater70467Fourth
West Byfleet & Pyrford North44349Seventh
Woking Central1,252115First

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 (52)Woking Central (443)
Bicycle TheftHook Heath (2)Woking Central (131)
BurglaryOld Woking & Westfield (19)Goldsworth Park (37)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHook Heath (18)Old Woking & Westfield (114)
DrugsWest Byfleet & Pyrford North (9)Woking Central (48)
Other CrimeGoldsworth Park (6)Sheerwater (22)
Other TheftHook Heath (13)Woking Central (128)
Possession of WeaponsKnaphill (1)Woking Central (11)
Public OrderHook Heath (19)Woking Central (179)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hook Heath (1)Woking Central (14)
ShopliftingSheerwater (4)Woking Central (95)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Sheerwater (1)Woking Central (21)
Vehicle CrimeHook Heath (13)Sheerwater (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Byfleet & Pyrford North (119)Knaphill (377)

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%+114%+61%+48%+33%-5%-27%-23%+17%+61%
Bicycle Theft+6%-63%--8%+10%-5%-7%+24%-14%-46%
Burglary-36%-79%+4%-36%-24%-39%-38%-38%-17%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson-45%-31%+2%+2%--22%-34%-8%-20%-4%
Drugs-18%+88%-+24%-18%-50%+50%+75%-30%+100%
Other Crime+58%-62%+38%+100%+45%-10%+46%+13%-11%-45%
Other Theft-27%-74%-31%-54%+5%+13%-25%-30%-46%-28%
Possession of Weapons+20%+500%+67%-78%+400%-40%-25%-33%-50%-
Public Order+25%-25%+3%-13%+4%+64%+36%-35%-33%+10%
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%-34%-41%-53%-23%-4%-63%-43%--30%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-9%+8%-18%0%-6%+9%+8%-6%-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).

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