Abbots Langley Crime Overview

Abbots Langley is among the top 10 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 57th safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Abbots Langley in 2020 was 35 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 69% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Abbots Langley is the 177th safest small town, and the 5,300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Abbots Langley was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Abbots Langley residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Abbots Langley recorded 8 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst small town for drugs in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Abbots Langley are violence and sexual offences, with 301 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 276 offences and a difference of 1.14 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Abbots Langley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

Compare Abbots Langley to other towns and cities

See how Abbots Langley shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Abbots Langley and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Abbots Langley Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Abbots Langley This Year

 Abbots LangleyHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1868.5426,05921.91157% safer
Bicycle Theft150.691,5061.2784% safer
Burglary542.484,0233.3836% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson713.267,2416.0987% safer
Drugs351.612,6242.2137% safer
Other Crime160.731,4721.2470% safer
Other Theft944.316,8065.7233% safer
Possession of Weapons40.185680.48167% safer
Public Order673.075,5574.6752% safer
Robbery50.237120.60161% safer
Shoplifting311.426,3585.35277% safer
Theft From the Person30.148180.69393% safer
Vehicle Crime763.496,7305.6662% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30113.8126,80322.5363% safer

Abbots Langley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croxley Green21715.98122% safer
Sandridge24020.4473% safer
Watford Rural70331.7112% safer
London Colney32833.725% safer
Chorleywood40935.200.65% safer
Abbots Langley77235.43-
Berkhamsted73438.648% more dangerous
Tring48538.809% more dangerous
Sawbridgeworth36440.1312% more dangerous
Royston68940.4312% more dangerous
North Mymms38441.2014% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Abbots Langley

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Abbots Langley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18999Safer
Bicycle Theft0.280.280.690.69Getting worse
Burglary3.63.01.92.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.54.04.33.3Safer
Drugs1.11.10.831.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.600.550.550.73Getting worse
Other Theft3.94.854.3Safer
Possession of Weapons1.70.640.280.18Safer
Public Order2.22.63.03.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.280.410.23Safer
Shoplifting1.01.52.21.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.14-0.280.14Safer
Vehicle Crime3.752.93.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences791314Getting worse

Changes In Abbots Langley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Abbots Langley's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Abbots Langley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Langleybury Playing Field11--120.90
Leavesden Country Park1----10.10
South Way Play Area3-1-2247

Comparing Abbots Langley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Abbots Langley35.43-
Barnet67.7148% more dangerous
Coventry77.4154% more dangerous
Croydon83.2257% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8159% more dangerous
Bristol86.2159% more dangerous
Leicester97.4464% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8766% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2867% more dangerous
Bradford133.0273% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% more dangerous

Crime in Abbots Langley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbots Langley44349Second
Leavesden & Garston Manor59756First

Crime in Abbots Langley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Abbots Langley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Abbots Langley saw a 900% increase in burglary. Abbots Langley saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 91% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-31%+5%+47%+10%-18%+73%+21%-20%-25%-8%
Bicycle Theft-------50%---
Burglary-33%-+100%--25%+500%-13%+900%+50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%-22%-56%-45%-30%-70%-+100%-22%+67%
Drugs-+150%+50%--50%-+100%+33%+700%-67%
Other Crime+200%---50%-50%-+100%---
Other Theft-25%+100%-18%-86%-17%-57%+40%+50%+11%+29%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-75%-20%+140%+100%-33%+80%-63%+117%-20%-33%
Shoplifting-60%--+50%--91%--60%--
Vehicle Crime+20%-63%+400%-17%+180%-75%--83%+63%-13%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%+11%+8%-9%-16%+42%-12%+60%+28%-9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Abbots Langley

What police force serves Abbots Langley?
Abbots Langley's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Abbots Langley?
Abbots Langley is among the top 10 safest small towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Abbots Langley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Abbots Langley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Abbots Langley?
Abbots Langley's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021