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Crime and Safety in Berkhamsted

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Berkhamsted is among the top 5 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 61st safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Berkhamsted in 2021 was 35 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 64% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Berkhamsted is the 140th safest small town, and the 5,551st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Berkhamsted was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Berkhamsted residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Berkhamsted recorded 9 reports of public order during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.47 the worst small town for public order in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Berkhamsted are violence and sexual offences, with 252 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 2.8% lower than 2020's figure of 259 offences and a difference of 0.36 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Berkhamsted's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Berkhamsted 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Hertfordshire

99% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

116% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Berkhamsted is 99% lower than the East of England and 116% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Berkhamsted Crime Rate Over Time

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Berkhamsted Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Berkhamsted 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 Berkhamsted

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202135673
202039734
201940763
201851962
201750943
201644836

Crime in Berkhamsted Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Berkhamsted This Year

 BerkhamstedHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31316.4824,48520.58 25% safer
Bicycle Theft160.841,3311.12 33% safer
Burglary321.683,1172.62 56% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson713.746,8565.76 54% safer
Drugs180.952,4482.06 117% safer
Other Crime100.531,3971.17 121% safer
Other Theft804.216,8025.72 36% safer
Possession of Weapons40.216130.52 148% safer
Public Order593.115,2454.41 42% safer
Robbery70.375250.44 19% safer
Shoplifting562.955,7434.83 64% safer
Theft From the Person90.479070.76 62% safer
Vehicle Crime593.116,6705.61 80% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25213.2727,36823.01 73% safer

Berkhamsted Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croxley Green231.691996% safer
Sandridge272.301440% safer
London Colney242.471334% safer
Berkhamsted67335.43-
Sawbridgeworth33336.713.5% more dangerous
Chorleywood42836.843.8% more dangerous
Tring48939.129% more dangerous
Royston71942.1916% more dangerous
North Mymms39442.2716% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Berkhamsted

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Recent Crimes in Berkhamsted

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coppins CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cowper RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Douglas GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robin HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Midcot WayLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Castle Hill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Douglas GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cowper RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Midcot WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Tresco RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Mill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Durrants LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sycamore RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BeechcroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near CanalsideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sharpes LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coppins CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Berkhamsted Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18151716 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.01.51.20.84 Safer
Burglary54.72.81.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson53.54.13.7 Safer
Drugs1.91.11.00.95 Safer
Other Crime0.370.840.630.53 Safer
Other Theft564.24.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.110.420.21 Safer
Public Order3.63.02.73.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.470.260.37 Safer
Shoplifting64.83.33.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.630.580.47 Safer
Vehicle Crime54.83.73.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1391413 Getting worse

Changes In Berkhamsted's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Berkhamsted's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Berkhamsted that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Butts Meadow1512--011
Lagley Meadow2----01.2
Velvet Lawn Recreation Ground2----00.48

Comparing Berkhamsted to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Berkhamsted35.43-
Barnet67.0847% more dangerous
Croydon82.4857% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0561% more dangerous
Bristol90.5261% more dangerous
Coventry102.2465% more dangerous
Leicester111.5968% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0671% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6473% more dangerous
Bradford132.2873% more dangerous
Leeds150.9477% more dangerous

Crime in Berkhamsted's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Berkhamsted South17630Second
Berkhamsted Town30647First
Berkhamsted West19129Third

Crime in Berkhamsted During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Berkhamsted change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Berkhamsted saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Berkhamsted saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 90% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-55%-36%-13%+61%+189%+33%+94%-+24%-10%
Bicycle Theft--33%--+200%-67%+67%+67%--50%
Burglary--82%-20%-78%-53%-67%+100%-14%-90%+20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+75%+50%-17%+9%-25%-+40%+200%-33%-
Drugs---+50%----25%--
Other Crime---50%-+100%-----75%
Other Theft-18%-50%+80%-25%-17%-38%--67%-90%-36%
Public Order-70%-+100%-40%--56%-57%+100%+100%-33%
Shoplifting-71%-50%-81%-43%-13%-43%---33%-57%
Theft From the Person+50%-------50%--
Vehicle Crime-88%-83%-60%-+400%+150%-58%-42%+29%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+38%+57%+46%-+54%+320%+140%+47%-15%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Berkhamsted

What police force serves Berkhamsted?
Berkhamsted's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Berkhamsted?
Berkhamsted is among the top 5 safest small towns in Hertfordshire.

What is Berkhamsted's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Berkhamsted are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Berkhamsted?
Berkhamsted's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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