Rickmansworth Crime Overview

Rickmansworth is the safest medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is the 68th safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rickmansworth in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 52% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rickmansworth is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,529th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2018, Rickmansworth was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2016 was also a bad month for Rickmansworth residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Rickmansworth are violence and sexual offences, with 358 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 294 offences and a difference of 2.53 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Rickmansworth's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Rickmansworth Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Rickmansworth This Year

 RickmansworthHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37814.9426,05921.9147% safer
Bicycle Theft110.431,5061.27195% safer
Burglary471.864,0233.3882% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson873.447,2416.0977% safer
Drugs481.902,6242.2116% safer
Other Crime130.511,4721.24143% safer
Other Theft1204.746,8065.7221% safer
Possession of Weapons140.555680.4813% more dangerous
Public Order652.575,5574.6782% safer
Robbery50.207120.60200% safer
Shoplifting1204.746,3585.3513% safer
Theft From the Person100.408180.6972% safer
Vehicle Crime973.836,7305.6648% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35814.1526,80322.5359% safer

Rickmansworth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth99539.32-
Harpenden1,24140.302.4% more dangerous
Bushey1,19843.9210% more dangerous
Hitchin1,83550.2022% more dangerous
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9924% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5936% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rickmansworth

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Rickmansworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19111315Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.870.591.30.43Safer
Burglary3.93.83.41.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson53.74.03.4Safer
Drugs2.02.11.91.9Safer
Other Crime0.830.870.550.51Safer
Other Theft5664.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.710.200.55Safer
Public Order2.82.52.62.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.320.400.20Safer
Shoplifting4.964.74.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.630.470.40Safer
Vehicle Crime3.44.153.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10111214Getting worse

Changes In Rickmansworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rickmansworth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rickmansworth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Baldwins Lane Recreation Ground2-1--21.3

Comparing Rickmansworth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth39.32-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4149% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8154% more dangerous
Bristol86.2154% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Rickmansworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rickmansworth West49055First

Crime in Rickmansworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rickmansworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Rickmansworth saw a 800% increase in drugs. Rickmansworth saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%-17%-4%+17%+81%+82%+59%+93%--3%
Bicycle Theft-+200%--75%------
Burglary-67%-75%---83%--17%-56%-44%-57%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%--50%-44%-44%+225%+100%-50%-22%-25%
Drugs+33%-33%+800%-50%+33%+100%-83%--+300%
Other Crime-+100%--50%----50%+100%-
Other Theft-32%+13%-65%-47%-42%+44%+11%-79%-20%+14%
Possession of Weapons+100%--------+100%
Public Order-67%-75%+500%-50%+40%+120%-50%+60%+200%+60%
Robbery------50%----
Shoplifting-53%-21%+275%-29%+18%+17%+67%-22%-33%+100%
Theft From the Person+100%----50%-----
Vehicle Crime-50%+50%-88%+50%+23%-83%-30%+33%--61%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%+19%+65%+16%+36%+71%-6%+6%-38%+75%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rickmansworth

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021