Last year there were 3,602 burglaries across Surrey, according to police neighbourhood crime figures – a slight rise from 3,594 offences in 2020-21. The Guildford Town Centre neighbourhood suffered more burglaries than anywhere else in the county with 69, followed by Weybridge Riverside in Elmbridge, and then Lingfield and Dormansland in Tandridge.
But when compared to the size of the population, residents living in Lingfield and Dormansland in Tandridge were more at risk from burglars than any other neighbourhood in Surrey. For every 1,000 residents living in that neighbourhood, there were more than seven burglaries – the highest rate in Surrey.
Below are the top 10 burglary hotspots in Surrey, with the number of burglaries each neighbourhood has faced between June 2021 and June 2022.
1. Lingfield and Dormansland (Tandridge)
In the top spot is the Lingfield and Dormansland neighbourhood, located towards the eastern border of Surrey. While the 63 burglaries recorded are beaten by other neighbourhoods on this list, the area has the highest risk of burglary with a rate of 7.3 per 1,000 people.
This is a marked increase compared to the same period in 2020 to 2021, with 45 burglaries recorded during those 12 months. Overall it places 762 for the area most likely to be burgled in the UK.
2. Weybridge Riverside (Elmbridge)
Not far behind Lingfield and Dormansland is Weybridge Riverside, with a rate of 7 burglaries per 1,000 people. A total of 66 burglaries have been seen in the neighbourhood during the past 12 months.
This is an increase on the 49 burglaries seen during 2020-21. These crimes have had a significant impact on residents, too, with one woman from Weybridge telling SurreyLive back in March that the theft of rings belonging to her mother and late grandmother during a break-in had been “too much to bear”.
3. Egham Town (Runnymede)
The neighbourhood of Egham Town recorded 45 burglaries between June 2021 and June 2022, landing it just outside of the top 1,000 areas most at risk of burglary in the UK. It’s a sharp rise on the previous year, with 23 burglaries seen during 2020-21.
In May, “heartless” Addlestone criminal Jim Chuter was jailed for 11 years for a series of burglaries, fraud and robberies which occurred mostly in Egham. He preyed on elderly victims with the majority of these being women who lived alone.
4. East Molesey (Elmbridge)
Located close to the London borough of Kingston, East Molesey saw a rate of 5.9 burglaries per 1,000 people over the past year. This equalled 39 burglaries in total – over double the 15 break-ins reported in the area during 2020/21.
5. Staines Town (Spelthorne)
Staines Town saw the same rate of burglaries per 1,000 people as East Molesey with 5.9. However, this Elmbridge neighbourhood’s total number of burglaries was higher, with 52 break-ins reported between June 2021 and June 2022.
It’s a slight rise on the previous year, with four fewer crimes reported in the neighbourhood during 2020/21. It comes as Staines Town was named as the area which suffered the most crime in the year ending January 2022, with 2,118 crimes committed in that neighbourhood over the last 12 months.
6. Oxted North (Tandridge)
Ranked just below the previous two neighbourhoods is another Tandridge area, with Oxted North residents seeing 5.8 burglaries per 1,000 people over the last year. This equals a total of 56 burglaries experienced during that time.
It’s a steep increase on the previous year’s burglaries, with 31 noted between 2020/21.
7. Walton Central (Elmbridge)
Another Elmbridge neighbourhood makes it onto the list and, this time, it’s Walton Central, located in the north of the county. It saw 5.7 burglaries per 1,00 people during the last year, amounting to a total of 42 break-ins.
This figure is almost double compared to the previous year when there were 23 crimes reported in the area. It places Walton Central at 1,420 on the list of neighbourhoods most at risk from burglary in the UK.
8. Nutfield and Bletchingley (Tandridge)
Just behind Walton Central is the Tandridge neighbourhood of Nutfield and Bletchingley, located just to the east of the town of Redhill. Between June 2021 and June 2022 it saw a rate of 5.6 burglaries per 1,000 people.
This equated to a total of 35 crimes which, unlike many on this list, is actually down when compared to the previous year. During the same period between 2020 and 2021, there were 48 burglaries in total.
9. Haslemere East (Waverley)
This is the first Waverley borough neighbourhood on the list; it saw a rate of 5.5 burglaries per 1,000 people over the last year. This is a total of 37 burglaries and a rise on the 29 crimes recorded during June 2020 and June 2021.
10. Stanwell North and Stanwell Moor
Located to the north of Spelthorne, Stanwell North and Spelthorne Moor also saw 5.5 burglaries per 1,000 people in the last year. However it’s a reduction on the amount of burglaries seen during the previous year.
There were 36 break-ins reported between June 2021 and June 2022, less than the 59 seen over the previous year.
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