Here are the most dangerous places in Guildford so far in 2018

September 14, 2018
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Crime in Guildford is on course to fall slightly in 2018, according to the latest figures released by Surrey Police.

The figures run up to July and show a total of 7,410 offences in the borough, a rate of 50 crimes per 1,000 residents.

If current trends continue, Guildford will suffer around 12,700 reported crimes over the course of the year, only just below the 12,893 offences reported in 2017.

Using the latest figures, available from the www.police.uk crime map website, Surrey Live has been able to analyse the police statistics and find the most and least dangerous places to live in Guildford.

Read on to see where your area came.

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Crime in Guildford

1. Guildford Town – 2,431 offences – 156.6 per 1,000 people

Police officers outside Guildford Library following an alleged assault in September 2018
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As could be expected for the county’s largest town, Guildford town centre continues to have the highest crime rate in the borough.

Crime in the town is on course to rise slightly compared to 2017. The most common crimes involved anti-social behaviour (642 recorded offences), closely followed by violent and sexual offences (510 crimes – a rate of more than two per day).

On the other hand, shoplifting looks set to fall with just 235 offences recorded in the first seven months of 2018 compared to 642 for the whole of 2017.

2. Slyfield and Bellfields – 371 offences – 56.7 per 1,000 people

Police outside the Esso filling station in Bellfields in April 2018
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Although Slyfield and Bellfields recorded the second lowest number of crimes in Guildford during the first half of 2018, its relatively small population pushed its crime rate up to the second highest.

Unlike other areas, violent and sexual offences accounted for the highest proportion of crimes, making up more than 26% of the total. It also had the highest rate of violent and sexual offences outside the town centre, with 15 recorded crimes per 1,000 people.

However, Slyfield and Bellfields are set to record an overall decrease in crime for the year. If current trends continue, total offences will fall by 6.7%

3. Onslow and University – 606 offences – 52 per 1,000 people

Police investigate an alleged stabbing behind the One Stop in Old Palace Road in January 2018
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Anti-social behaviour and violent and sexual offences were the two leading types of crime around Onslow and the university, recording 145 and 120 offences respectively.

However, the figures suggest a decline in the number of violent and sexual offences in the area compared with 2017 if the crime rate remains the same for the rest of the year.

The area also recorded the highest burglary rate of anywhere in the borough except the town centre, with 3.3 break-ins per 1,000 people.

4. Park Barn and Westborough – 484 offences – 46.7 per 1,000 people

Police cordoned off a house in Park Barn to investigate an unexplained death in March 2018.
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Figures from Guildford’s western suburbs suggest a falling off in anti-social behaviour but little change in violent crime.

If trends continue, anti-social behaviour is set to decline by a fifth compared to 2017.

Criminal damage and arson, the third most common offence, has slipped down the list behind public order offences and could have fallen by as much as 40% once the year is over.

5. Ash and Ash Wharf – 575 offences – 45.4 per 1,000 people

Ash is one of the few areas of Guildford that is on course to record a rise in overall crime for 2018, with current figures suggesting an increase of just less than 10%.

The leading types of crime were again anti-social behaviour (179 offences) and violent and sexual offences (118 offences), with the former on course to rise significantly.

6. Albury, Shalford, Compton, Holy Trinity, Shere, Gomshall, Peaslake and Farley Green – 452 offences – 38.7 per 1,000 people

The cluster of villages to the south of Guildford had the ninth highest crime rate in 2017 but is on course to record a significant increase in crime of around 16%.

There have been 170 incidents of anti-social behaviour and 76 violent and sexual offences so far in 2018.

7. Eashing, Hurtmore, Shackleford, Puttenham, Seale and Sands, Ash South and Tongham – 389 offences – 37.4 per 1,000 people

Mist hanging over Seale in January 2018, but violent crime is rising in the area
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Another group of villages, the area west of the town is also set to see a slight increase in crime in 2018, moving it from eighth to seventh place in our list.

The most common type of offence was anti-social behaviour with 105 recorded incidents, with “other theft” coming second with 77 offences.

Worryingly, violent and sexual offences appear to be increasing rapidly. There were just 100 recorded offences in the area in the whole of 2017, but by July 2018 there had already been 73 such crimes. If that trend continues, violent crime will have risen by 25% by the end of the year.

8. Send, Ripley, Wisley, Ockham, The Horsleys, The Clandons and Effingham – 708 offences – 37.2 per 1,000 people

A police officer stands by the bridge over the Wey between Ripley and Send in July 2018 after a body was found in the river. The death is not thought to be suspicious.
(Image: Chris McKeon)

Thanks to rising crime in other areas and a slight drop in its own villages, this area to the east and north-east of Guildford has gone from having the sixth highest crime rate in 2017 to being on course to have the fourth lowest in 2018.

However, there were still 209 instances of anti-social behaviour – a rate of one every day – and 120 violent and sexual offences.

9. Stoughton – 442 offences – 36.9 per 1,000 people

Stoughton was the seventh most dangerous place in Guildford in 2017, with 72 offences per 1,000 people, but despite an apparent rise in violent offences, crime is set to fall overall.

In the year so far, Stoughton has suffered 112 violent and sexual offences, around one every other day, making it the only area apart from Slyfield and Bellfields where these offences outnumbered anti-social behaviour.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour, on the other hand, appear to be falling, with 107 recorded offences up to July 2018. “Other theft” was the third most common type of crime, with 40 recorded offences.

10. Pirbright, Worplesdon, Jacobs Well and Normandy – 348 offences – 30.3 per 1,000 people

Police on Prey Heath Lane in Worplesdon in June 2018
(Image: Joe Burn)

This area had the lowest absolute number of crimes in the borough, but its low population means it’s only the second-safest place on our list.

The most common offences were anti-social behaviour followed by violent and sexual offences, with 101 and 72 recorded incidents respectively.

There were also 32 burglaries in the area which, at 2.8 break-ins per 1,000 people, is a similar rate to Slyfield and Bellfields.

11. Merrow and Burpham – 604 crimes – 27.4 per 1,000

Despite having the largest population of any area, Guildford’s eastern suburbs are once again the safest place in the borough.

Merrow and Burpham also recorded the lowest rates of anti-social behaviour and violent crime of any area in the borough with 5.5 and 5.4 offences per 1,000 people respectively.

The area did, however, record a large number of burglaries (56) and criminal damage and arson offences (62).

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/here-most-dangerous-places-guildford-15143461


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