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Crime and Safety in Harpenden

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Harpenden is the safest medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is the 62nd safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Harpenden in 2021 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 59% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Harpenden is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns, and the 5,334th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Harpenden was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for shoplifting, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Harpenden residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Harpenden recorded 3 reports of robbery during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Harpenden are violence and sexual offences, with 322 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 8% lower than 2020's figure of 349 offences and a difference of 0.87 from 2020's crime rate of 11. Harpenden's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 125% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Harpenden 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

93% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

109% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Harpenden is 93% lower than the East of England and 109% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Harpenden Crime Rate Over Time

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Harpenden Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Harpenden 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 Harpenden

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021371,125
2020401,241
2019511,557
2018541,651
2017451,397
2016401,231

Crime in Harpenden Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Harpenden This Year

 HarpendenHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31210.1324,48520.58 103% safer
Bicycle Theft351.141,3311.12 1.8% more dangerous
Burglary551.793,1172.62 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson822.666,8565.76 117% safer
Drugs361.172,4482.06 76% safer
Other Crime210.681,3971.17 72% safer
Other Theft1103.576,8025.72 60% safer
Possession of Weapons40.136130.52 300% safer
Public Order752.445,2454.41 81% safer
Robbery70.235250.44 91% safer
Shoplifting1916.205,7434.83 22% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.239070.76 230% safer
Vehicle Crime1805.856,6705.61 4.1% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences32210.4627,36823.01 120% safer

Harpenden Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden1,12536.53-
Rickmansworth1,13744.9319% more dangerous
Hitchin1,73147.3623% more dangerous
Bushey1,37950.5528% more dangerous
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.3632% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2635% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Harpenden

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Recent Crimes in Harpenden

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Willow WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Porters HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Byron RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Furzedown CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Vaughan RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lyndhurst DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Northfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Milford HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Penny CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sherwoods RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Southdown RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Northfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fulmore CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near PigeonwickInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tallents CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Martins CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Harpenden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10101310 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.72.30.841.1 Safer
Burglary63.22.11.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.24.02.7 Safer
Drugs1.21.11.41.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.970.620.68 Safer
Other Theft563.93.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.360.290.13 Safer
Public Order2.62.42.92.4 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.260.190.23 Safer
Shoplifting8996 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.650.490.23 Safer
Vehicle Crime893.66 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11121110 Safer

Changes In Harpenden's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Harpenden to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden36.53-
Barnet67.0846% more dangerous
Croydon82.4856% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0559% more dangerous
Bristol90.5260% more dangerous
Coventry102.2464% more dangerous
Leicester111.5967% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0670% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6472% more dangerous
Bradford132.2872% more dangerous
Leeds150.9476% more dangerous

Crime in Harpenden's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Harpenden Common12519Fourth
Harpenden East27835Second
Harpenden North20225Third
Harpenden Town52064First

Harpenden Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHarpenden Common (35)Harpenden Town (112)
Bicycle TheftHarpenden East (1)Harpenden Town (28)
BurglaryHarpenden Common (5)Harpenden Town (29)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarpenden Common (9)Harpenden Town (32)
DrugsHarpenden Common (3)Harpenden Town (19)
Other CrimeHarpenden Common (2)Harpenden Town (10)
Other TheftHarpenden Common (9)Harpenden Town (68)
Possession of WeaponsHarpenden Town (2)Harpenden East (2)
Public OrderHarpenden North (14)Harpenden Town (29)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Harpenden North (1)Harpenden Town (4)
ShopliftingHarpenden Common (1)Harpenden Town (163)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Harpenden North (1)Harpenden Town (5)
Vehicle CrimeHarpenden Town (40)Harpenden East (53)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarpenden Common (43)Harpenden East (112)

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 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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