Berkhamsted Crime Overview

Berkhamsted is among the top 10 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 65th safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Berkhamsted in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 55% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Berkhamsted is the 223rd safest small town, and the 4,674th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Berkhamsted was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Berkhamsted residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Berkhamsted recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Berkhamsted are violence and sexual offences, with 259 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 35% higher than 2019's figure of 169 offences and a difference of 4.73 from 2019's crime rate of 9. Berkhamsted's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Berkhamsted Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Berkhamsted This Year

 BerkhamstedHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32917.3226,05921.9127% safer
Bicycle Theft231.211,5061.275.0% safer
Burglary542.844,0233.3819% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson784.117,2416.0948% safer
Drugs201.052,6242.21110% safer
Other Crime120.631,4721.2497% safer
Other Theft794.166,8065.7238% safer
Possession of Weapons80.425680.4814% safer
Public Order512.685,5574.6774% safer
Robbery50.267120.60131% safer
Shoplifting633.326,3585.3561% safer
Theft From the Person110.588180.6919% safer
Vehicle Crime713.746,7305.6651% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25913.6326,80322.5365% safer

Berkhamsted Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sandridge24020.4489% safer
Watford Rural70331.7122% safer
London Colney32833.7215% safer
Chorleywood40935.2010% safer
Abbots Langley77235.439% safer
Berkhamsted73438.64-
Tring48538.800.41% more dangerous
Sawbridgeworth36440.133.7% more dangerous
Royston68940.434.4% more dangerous
North Mymms38441.206% more dangerous
Welwyn37641.467% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Berkhamsted

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Berkhamsted Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19181517Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.01.01.51.2Getting worse
Burglary554.72.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson753.54.1Safer
Drugs1.31.91.11.0Safer
Other Crime0.740.370.840.63Safer
Other Theft7564.2Safer
Possession of Weapons1.80.950.110.42Safer
Public Order2.43.63.02.7Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.681.00.470.26Safer
Shoplifting664.83.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.840.630.58Safer
Vehicle Crime654.83.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1013914Getting 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 2020.

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
Berkhamsted38.64-
Barnet67.7143% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2254% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Berkhamsted's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Berkhamsted South18332Second
Berkhamsted Town34453First
Berkhamsted West20731Third

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 10 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021