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Crime and Safety in Royston, Hertfordshire

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Royston is among the top 10 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 66th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Royston in 2021 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Royston is the 221st safest small town, and the 4,373rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Royston was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Royston residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Royston recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Royston are violence and sexual offences, with 273 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 4.8% higher than 2020's figure of 260 offences and a difference of 0.76 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Royston's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 17% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Royston 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Hertfordshire

67% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

81% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Royston is 67% lower than the East of England and 81% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Royston Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Royston 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 Royston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202142719
202040689
201946791
201843740
201740684
201639662

Crime in Royston Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Royston This Year

 RoystonHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23013.5024,48520.58 52% safer
Bicycle Theft90.531,3311.12 111% safer
Burglary251.473,1172.62 78% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson834.876,8565.76 18% safer
Drugs140.822,4482.06 151% safer
Other Crime160.941,3971.17 24% safer
Other Theft784.586,8025.72 25% safer
Possession of Weapons60.356130.52 49% safer
Public Order663.875,2454.41 14% safer
Robbery70.415250.44 7% safer
Shoplifting342.005,7434.83 142% safer
Theft From the Person110.659070.76 17% safer
Vehicle Crime975.696,6705.61 1.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences27316.0227,36823.01 44% safer

Royston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
London Colney242.471608% safer
Berkhamsted67335.4319% safer
Sawbridgeworth33336.7115% safer
Chorleywood42836.8415% safer
Tring48939.128% safer
Royston71942.19-
North Mymms39442.270.19% more dangerous
Baldock48145.277% more dangerous
Welwyn41645.888% more dangerous
Ware97848.6813% more dangerous
Aldenham47249.1414% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Royston

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Recent Crimes in Royston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Titchmarsh CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The QuadrantInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shelley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thurnall AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ChilcourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Melbourn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hargreaves RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shepherd CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kipling RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Melbourn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hardy DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near The QuadrantInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Coltsfoot DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Marys ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Maltings CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dacre GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Titchmarsh CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Royston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14171514 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.590.820.470.53 Safer
Burglary3.52.62.41.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5654.9 Safer
Drugs0.590.531.00.82 Getting worse
Other Crime0.821.10.590.94 Getting worse
Other Theft4.354.54.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.760.650.410.35 Safer
Public Order3.13.83.63.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.470.120.41 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.82.52.62.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.230.290.65 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.84.64.06 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15181516 Getting worse

Changes In Royston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Royston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Royston42.19-
Barnet67.0837% more dangerous
Croydon82.4849% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0553% more dangerous
Bristol90.5253% more dangerous
Coventry102.2459% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0666% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6467% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Royston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Royston North & Central30853First
Royston South, West & East41136Second

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 safest 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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