A neighborhood in Spelthorne is the most dangerous place in Surrey, according to crime figures. In the year ending January 2022, the town of Staines suffered more crime than anywhere else in our area.
A total of 2,118 crimes have been committed in this neighborhood over the past 12 months. Compared to the population, this equates to 238 crimes per 1,000 people living there.
A big concern in the town of Staines is the high rate of antisocial behavior, with 134 of these types of crimes per 1,000 residents. But the neighborhood also had the highest rates of burglaries (six per 1,000 residents), drug offenses (nine per 1,000 residents), weapons offenses (five per 1,000 residents) and criminal damage and arson (17 per 1,000 inhabitants).
Guildford town center had the second highest crime rate, with 215 offenses per 1,000 population, which was partly due to the county’s highest rates of public order crime – 30 offenses per 1,000 inhabitants. Onslow Village and University in Guildford had the third highest crime rate (197 crimes per 1,000 people), which included the highest rates of violence and sex crimes in Surrey – 77 per 1,000 people in the ward. At the other end of the spectrum, the safest place in Surrey was Camberley Parkside in Surrey Heath, where there were just 32 offenses per 1,000 people.
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Meanwhile, the biggest increase in crime has been seen in Walton Hersham Road, Elmbridge. A total of 560 crimes were reported in this neighborhood in the year ending January 2022, an increase of 23% from 457 offenses the previous year.
Across England and Wales, the most dangerous place to live is Strand, St James and Mayfair in Westminster, London – where there have been almost two crimes committed for every resident. Strand, St James and Mayfair have the highest rates of burglaries in the country (31 per 1,000 population), drug offenses (106 per 1,000 inhabitants), breaches of public order (103 per 1,000 inhabitants), robberies (83 per 1,000 inhabitants) and violence and sexual offenses (289 per 1,000 inhabitants).
This was followed by nearby Fitzrovia West & Soho, also in Westminster, then Central Blackpool, Leeds City Centre, City of London (the historic financial district home to the Stock Exchange and Bank of England), and the Albert Dock and Queen’s areas Liverpool Dock. . Central Blackpool has the highest rate of anti-social behavior in the country (291 crimes per 1,000 population).
But the Langley Green and Gatwick Airport area in Crawley has the highest rate of weapons offences. And Southsea West in Portsmouth is the shoplifting capital of England and Wales, with a rate of 90 offenses per 1,000 people. Jeffrey DeMarco, deputy director of the charity Victim Support, said: ‘The high crime rates in all parts of the country are concerning. We see firsthand the devastating impact crime has on victims – whether it’s causing them to question their sense of safety or seriously damaging their mental health.
“As you look at these numbers, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are many different ways to measure crime. Since many victims do not report to the police, the true crime rates could be much higher.
“It is essential that victims receive support, regardless of where they live and whether or not they have reported the crime. Visit the victim support site or call our free 24/7 helpline on 08 08 16 89 111.
Inspector Maxine Cilia, Borough Commander of Spelthorne, added: ‘We are deeply committed to fighting all crime and ensuring Staines-upon-Thames is a safe place to live and work. We know anti-social behavior (ASB) has been a particular problem in the inner city and we have worked closely with partner agencies to implement long-term solutions, including youth engagement and ordinances dispersal, which have been an effective tool for targeting ASB perpetrators.
“Part of this work has also included encouraging local residents and businesses to report anti-social behavior to us so that we can build a picture of what is happening in the area, and as such we expect that the number of reports has increased. . We encourage all residents to continue to report anti-social behavior to us so that we can understand what is happening in the area and target resources accordingly. »