Harpenden Crime Overview

Harpenden is the second safest medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is the 70th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Harpenden in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 49% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Harpenden is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,340th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Harpenden was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Harpenden residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for shoplifting, recording 31 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Harpenden recorded 8 reports of theft from the person during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Harpenden are violence and sexual offences, with 349 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 11. This is 2.6% lower than 2019's figure of 358 offences and a difference of 0.30 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Harpenden's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Harpenden Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Harpenden This Year

 HarpendenHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41413.4426,05921.9163% safer
Bicycle Theft260.841,5061.2751% safer
Burglary652.114,0233.3860% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1223.967,2416.0954% safer
Drugs421.362,6242.2162% safer
Other Crime190.621,4721.24100% safer
Other Theft1193.866,8065.7248% safer
Possession of Weapons90.295680.4866% safer
Public Order902.925,5574.6760% safer
Robbery60.197120.60216% safer
Shoplifting2678.676,3585.3538% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.498180.6941% safer
Vehicle Crime1123.646,7305.6655% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34911.3326,80322.5399% safer

Harpenden Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth99539.322.5% safer
Harpenden1,24140.30-
Bushey1,19843.928% more dangerous
Hitchin1,83550.2020% more dangerous
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9922% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5935% more dangerous
Hertford1,83662.3735% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Harpenden

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Harpenden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14101013Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.752.72.30.84Safer
Burglary563.22.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.654.24.0Safer
Drugs0.971.21.11.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.30.970.62Safer
Other Theft6563.9Safer
Possession of Weapons1.60.780.360.29Safer
Public Order2.72.62.42.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.260.260.19Safer
Shoplifting6899Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.810.780.650.49Safer
Vehicle Crime5893.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10111211Getting worse

Changes In Harpenden's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Harpenden to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden40.30-
Barnet67.7140% more dangerous
Coventry77.4148% more dangerous
Croydon83.2252% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8153% more dangerous
Bristol86.2153% more dangerous
Leicester97.4459% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8761% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2862% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Harpenden's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Harpenden Common15022Fourth
Harpenden East32641Second
Harpenden North22128Third
Harpenden Town54467First

Harpenden Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Harpenden for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHarpenden Common (80)Harpenden East (139)
Bicycle TheftHarpenden Common (1)Harpenden Town (19)
BurglaryHarpenden North (8)Harpenden Common (18)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarpenden Common (19)Harpenden Town (38)
DrugsHarpenden North (4)Harpenden Town (26)
Other CrimeHarpenden East (2)Harpenden Town (9)
Other TheftHarpenden Common (9)Harpenden Town (82)
Possession of WeaponsHarpenden Town (2)Harpenden East (3)
Public OrderHarpenden Common (8)Harpenden Town (35)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Harpenden East (1)Harpenden Town (4)
ShopliftingHarpenden North (9)Harpenden Town (183)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Harpenden East (1)Harpenden Town (9)
Vehicle CrimeHarpenden Common (13)Harpenden East (46)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarpenden Town (84)Harpenden North (104)

Crime in Harpenden During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Harpenden change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Harpenden saw a 400% increase in drugs. Harpenden saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Harpenden's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+238%+200%+32%+65%+88%-3%+25%+8%-12%-33%
Bicycle Theft--75%-83%-80%-25%-69%--67%-75%-50%
Burglary+140%-86%-80%--+200%-50%+100%-38%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-53%-89%+50%+13%+143%-50%-18%-57%+25%+46%
Drugs-+125%-50%+150%--+100%+400%+100%-
Other Crime+50%-40%-+50%+100%-67%--67%--
Other Theft-20%-88%-53%-50%+22%+30%-20%-42%+60%+67%
Possession of Weapons--50%+200%-------
Public Order--67%-17%+44%+143%-+13%+38%+20%-75%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+53%-68%-29%+27%+127%+4%-30%-66%-+244%
Theft From the Person----+100%-+200%--+200%
Vehicle Crime-81%-37%-82%-29%-62%-75%-50%-31%-85%+7%
Violence and Sexual Offences+12%-34%-9%+55%-33%+25%-28%-+43%+3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Harpenden

What police force serves Harpenden?
Harpenden's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Harpenden?
Harpenden is the second safest medium-sized town in Hertfordshire.
What is Harpenden's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Harpenden are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Harpenden?
Harpenden's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021