Chorleywood Crime Overview

Chorleywood is among the top 5 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 54th safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chorleywood in 2020 was 35 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 70% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chorleywood is the 176th safest small town, and the 5,345th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Chorleywood was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for vehicle crime, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2018 was also a bad month for Chorleywood residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Chorleywood recorded 3 reports of other crime during March 2016, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chorleywood are violence and sexual offences, with 144 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 120 offences and a difference of 2.06 from 2019's crime rate of 10. Chorleywood's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 33% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Chorleywood Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Chorleywood This Year

 ChorleywoodHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour877.4926,05921.91193% safer
Bicycle Theft40.341,5061.27274% safer
Burglary474.054,0233.3817% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson383.277,2416.0986% safer
Drugs161.382,6242.2160% safer
Other Crime70.601,4721.24107% safer
Other Theft393.366,8065.7270% safer
Possession of Weapons30.265680.4885% safer
Public Order151.295,5574.67262% safer
Robbery60.527120.6015% safer
Shoplifting110.956,3585.35463% safer
Vehicle Crime796.806,7305.6617% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences14412.3926,80322.5382% safer

Chorleywood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croxley Green21715.98120% safer
Sandridge24020.4472% safer
Watford Rural70331.7111% safer
London Colney32833.724.4% safer
Chorleywood40935.20-
Abbots Langley77235.430.65% more dangerous
Berkhamsted73438.649% more dangerous
Tring48538.809% more dangerous
Sawbridgeworth36440.1312% more dangerous
Royston68940.4313% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chorleywood

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Chorleywood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13777Safer
Bicycle Theft0.170.690.430.34Safer
Burglary64.54.64.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.23.34.03.3Safer
Drugs1.61.20.951.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.770.340.170.60Getting worse
Other Theft4.04.263.4Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.170.170.26Safer
Public Order1.03.01.61.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.170.260.52Getting worse
Shoplifting0.520.772.10.95Safer
Vehicle Crime54.177Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences7101012Getting worse

Changes In Chorleywood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Chorleywood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Chorleywood35.20-
Barnet67.7148% more dangerous
Coventry77.4155% more dangerous
Croydon83.2258% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8159% more dangerous
Bristol86.2159% more dangerous
Leicester97.4464% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8766% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2867% more dangerous
Bradford133.0274% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% more dangerous

Crime in Chorleywood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chorleywood23441Second
Rickmansworth North & Loudwater25942First

Crime in Chorleywood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chorleywood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Chorleywood saw a 1,400% increase in violence and sexual offences. Chorleywood saw a large fall in other theft during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+120%+60%+125%-40%-9%+43%--33%+125%-40%
Burglary-+400%-+50%+100%+133%-40%-20%-63%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-50%--83%-75%+300%+300%-+200%-33%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+67%-50%-20%--92%-20%-50%-77%+25%-75%
Public Order---+50%---33%-67%+100%-
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime-25%+100%-20%-38%+67%-50%+14%-60%+11%-78%
Violence and Sexual Offences-56%+17%+133%+9%-6%+1,400%+22%-29%+89%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chorleywood

What police force serves Chorleywood?
Chorleywood's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Chorleywood?
Chorleywood is among the top 5 safest small towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Chorleywood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chorleywood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chorleywood?
Chorleywood's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021