Royston Crime Overview

Royston is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 69th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Royston in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 48% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Royston is the 256th safest small town, and the 4,323rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Royston was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Royston residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.76 per 1,000 residents. Royston recorded 5 reports of other crime during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst small town for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Royston are violence and sexual offences, with 260 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 19% lower than 2019's figure of 310 offences and a difference of 2.93 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Royston's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Royston This Year

 RoystonHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26215.3726,05921.9143% safer
Bicycle Theft80.471,5061.27170% safer
Burglary402.354,0233.3844% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson875.117,2416.0919% safer
Drugs171.002,6242.21121% safer
Other Crime100.591,4721.24110% safer
Other Theft774.526,8065.7227% safer
Possession of Weapons70.415680.4817% safer
Public Order623.645,5574.6728% safer
Robbery20.127120.60400% safer
Shoplifting452.646,3585.35103% safer
Theft From the Person50.298180.69138% safer
Vehicle Crime694.056,7305.6640% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26015.2626,80322.5348% safer

Crime in Royston Compared To Hertfordshire

Royston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chorleywood40935.2015% safer
Abbots Langley77235.4314% safer
Berkhamsted73438.644.6% safer
Tring48538.804.2% safer
Sawbridgeworth36440.130.75% safer
Royston68940.43-
North Mymms38441.201.9% more dangerous
Welwyn37641.462.5% more dangerous
Ware1,01450.4720% more dangerous
Baldock54351.1121% more dangerous
Aldenham51353.4124% more dangerous

Royston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19141715Safer
Bicycle Theft0.410.590.820.47Safer
Burglary3.83.52.62.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.1565Getting worse
Drugs0.590.590.531.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.821.10.59Safer
Other Theft64.354.5Safer
Possession of Weapons1.60.760.650.41Safer
Public Order3.03.13.83.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.350.470.12Safer
Shoplifting2.43.82.52.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.350.230.29Safer
Vehicle Crime4.34.84.64.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13151815Safer

Changes In Royston's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Royston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Royston40.43-
Barnet67.7140% more dangerous
Coventry77.4148% more dangerous
Croydon83.2251% 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 Royston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Royston North & Central29852First
Royston South, West & East39135Second

Crime in Royston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Royston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Royston saw a 900% increase in vehicle crime. Royston saw a large fall in vehicle crime during August, when it fell by 86% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+14%-20%+12%+7%-22%-3%-17%-59%+41%-13%
Bicycle Theft----50%--+100%---
Burglary--33%--+300%--+33%--71%
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%-11%+117%--55%-38%-7%-55%-60%-20%
Drugs---50%-+33%-----
Other Crime-50%---------
Other Theft+29%-71%-71%-62%-63%-75%+200%+120%+100%-33%
Possession of Weapons---+300%------
Public Order-83%-50%-43%+40%+100%+25%-22%+75%+133%-
Shoplifting-33%-83%-75%-80%-50%+50%-60%+200%+400%+400%
Theft From the Person-----+100%----
Vehicle Crime+100%--50%-40%+600%-86%+280%-75%-69%+900%
Violence and Sexual Offences+89%--21%-29%-9%+35%-39%-38%-12%-62%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Royston

What police force serves Royston?
Royston's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Royston?
Royston is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Royston's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Royston are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Royston?
Royston's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021