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Crime and Safety in Abbots Langley

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Abbots Langley is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 41st most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Abbots Langley in 2021 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Abbots Langley is the 400th safest small town, and the 2,736th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Abbots Langley was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.69 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Abbots Langley residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Abbots Langley recorded 4 reports of other crime during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst small town for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Abbots Langley are violence and sexual offences, with 556 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 471 offences and a difference of 3.90 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Abbots Langley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Abbots Langley 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Hertfordshire

28% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

39% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Abbots Langley is 28% lower than the East of England and 39% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Abbots Langley Crime Rate Over Time

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Abbots Langley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Abbots Langley 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 Abbots Langley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021551,197
2020541,177
2019531,163
2018521,134
2017511,116
201645990

Crime in Abbots Langley Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Abbots Langley This Year

 Abbots LangleyHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36116.5724,48520.58 24% safer
Bicycle Theft150.691,3311.12 62% safer
Burglary391.793,1172.62 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1547.076,8565.76 19% more dangerous
Drugs482.202,4482.06 6% more dangerous
Other Crime150.691,3971.17 70% safer
Other Theft894.086,8025.72 40% safer
Possession of Weapons90.416130.52 27% safer
Public Order763.495,2454.41 26% safer
Robbery60.285250.44 57% safer
Shoplifting391.795,7434.83 170% safer
Theft From the Person50.239070.76 230% safer
Vehicle Crime1466.706,6705.61 16% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences55625.5227,36823.01 10% more dangerous

Abbots Langley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North Mymms39442.2730% safer
Baldock48145.2721% safer
Welwyn41645.8820% safer
Ware97848.6813% safer
Aldenham47249.1412% safer
Abbots Langley1,19754.93-
Watford Rural1,30959.047% more dangerous
St Stephen93064.9415% more dangerous
Potters Bar1,50765.2916% more dangerous
Waltham Cross1,188108.8950% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Abbots Langley

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Recent Crimes in Abbots Langley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodside RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Whittle CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The MaltingsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bucknalls CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Meadow WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parsonage CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Halifax CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parsonage CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Airport/AirfieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rosehill GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gypsy LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near School MeadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near School MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Abbots Langley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161617 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.731.11.20.69 Safer
Burglary4.33.33.51.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7667 Getting worse
Drugs1.81.62.22.2 Getting worse
Other Crime0.780.961.20.69 Safer
Other Theft6664.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.460.280.41 Safer
Public Order3.94.04.43.5 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.730.500.28 Safer
Shoplifting1.62.21.41.8 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.140.410.230.23No change
Vehicle Crime8667 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16212226 Getting 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 2021.

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 Langley54.93-
Barnet67.0818% more dangerous
Croydon82.4833% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0539% more dangerous
Bristol90.5239% more dangerous
Coventry102.2446% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0655% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Abbots Langley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbots Langley41046Second
Leavesden & Garston Manor67464First

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 November, when Abbots Langley saw a 350% increase in drugs. Abbots Langley saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 91% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%-6%+25%+25%+3%+30%+15%-21%+8%+53%
Bicycle Theft---50%-+150%+200%-+300%--
Burglary-25%--+50%-29%+167%-36%+233%+25%+25%
Criminal Damage and Arson+30%-33%-50%--20%-17%+63%+133%-25%+100%
Drugs-71%+75%+150%+100%-40%--+25%+350%-50%
Other Crime+50%----67%--+50%--
Other Theft-33%+67%-9%-65%+8%-38%+14%+40%+25%+11%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-70%-13%+100%+100%-40%+86%-67%+183%+33%-22%
Robbery----+100%-67%----
Shoplifting-60%--+50%--91%--60%--
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--69%+57%+14%+55%--40%-38%+35%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%+34%+16%-19%-7%+31%-13%+17%+22%-15%

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 5 most dangerous small town 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).

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