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Crime and Safety in St Albans

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St Albans is the second safest major town in Hertfordshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St Albans in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.3% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St Albans is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,349th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, St Albans had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for St Albans residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. St Albans recorded 56 reports of vehicle crime during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.64 the worst for vehicle crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in St Albans are violence and sexual offences, with 1,921 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 5.0% higher than 2020's figure of 1,825 offences and a difference of 1.09 from 2020's crime rate of 21. St Albans's least common crime is robbery, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 44% from 2020's figure of 36 crimes.

St Albans 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Major Towns, Hertfordshire

20% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

30% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in St Albans is 20% lower than the East of England and 30% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

St Albans Crime Rate Over Time

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St Albans Crime Map

Incidents mapped in St Albans 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 St Albans

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021595,161
2020585,133
2019706,152
2018706,147
2017726,296
2016564,878

Crime in St Albans Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in St Albans This Year

 St AlbansHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,67519.0924,48520.58 8% safer
Bicycle Theft1912.181,3311.12 49% more dangerous
Burglary2542.893,1172.62 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4795.466,8565.76 5% safer
Drugs1441.642,4482.06 26% safer
Other Crime830.951,3971.17 23% safer
Other Theft4655.306,8025.72 8% safer
Possession of Weapons440.506130.52 4.0% safer
Public Order4164.745,2454.41 7% more dangerous
Robbery250.285250.44 57% safer
Shoplifting5756.555,7434.83 26% more dangerous
Theft From the Person810.929070.76 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4835.506,6705.61 2.0% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,92121.8927,36823.01 5% safer

St Albans Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Watford7,98156.484.1% safer
St Albans5,16158.82-
Hemel Hempstead6,15259.801.6% more dangerous
Stevenage7,60880.8727% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St Albans

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Recent Crimes in St Albans

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near StonecrossInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Chime SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Grimston RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lime Tree CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Vesta AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shenley LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near St Stephen'S HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Melbourne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sutton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jodies CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Westbourne MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Alma RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Meadow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Anson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grimston RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Abbey Mill EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

St Albans Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18182019 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.02.81.72.2 Getting worse
Burglary552.82.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6765 Safer
Drugs2.61.92.41.6 Safer
Other Crime1.61.21.20.95 Safer
Other Theft7755 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.40.710.570.50 Safer
Public Order54.94.24.7 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.790.790.410.28 Safer
Shoplifting7867 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.40.600.92 Safer
Vehicle Crime9876 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222122 Getting worse

Changes In St Albans's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in St Albans's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in St Albans that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Clarence Park7-11321.4
Longacres Open Space6---222.3
Victoria Playing Field2---101.2
William Bell Recreation Ground-2---02.1

Comparing St Albans to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
St Albans58.82-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0535% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6455% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in St Albans's Neighbourhoods

St Albans Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in St Albans, followed by Cottonmill & Sopwell in second place, and Clarence Park as the third most dangerous area. St Albans's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bernards Heath, Longacres, and Marshalswick.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bernards Heath18627Tenth
Clarence Park50762Third
Cottonmill & Sopwell54272Second
Jersey Farm & Sandridge25937Seventh
London Colney56658Fourth
Longacres17927Ninth
Marshalswick22633Eighth
St Albans Central1,365150First
The Camp & Cunningham37754Sixth
Townsend & New Greens44357Fifth

St Albans Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLongacres (68)St Albans Central (300)
Bicycle TheftThe Camp & Cunningham (1)St Albans Central (118)
BurglaryBernards Heath (9)Clarence Park (39)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBernards Heath (13)St Albans Central (102)
DrugsLongacres (4)St Albans Central (44)
Other CrimeBernards Heath (1)London Colney (15)
Other TheftLongacres (17)St Albans Central (129)
Possession of WeaponsJersey Farm & Sandridge (1)St Albans Central (11)
Public OrderBernards Heath (9)St Albans Central (131)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clarence Park (1)St Albans Central (5)
ShopliftingTownsend & New Greens (3)St Albans Central (234)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Jersey Farm & Sandridge (1)St Albans Central (43)
Vehicle CrimeLongacres (20)Cottonmill & Sopwell (64)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBernards Heath (66)St Albans Central (438)

Crime in St Albans During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in St Albans change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when St Albans saw a 600% increase in other crime. St Albans saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 93% compared to June in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of St Albans's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+4%+10%-9%+27%+29%+19%-17%+22%+8%
Bicycle Theft-57%-22%-38%+67%-35%-82%-44%-15%-64%+27%
Burglary-60%-73%-50%-28%-17%-29%-46%-35%-74%-22%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-35%-35%+15%-16%-20%-+5%-25%-49%
Drugs-59%-61%+171%-27%+140%+400%+73%+6%+38%-11%
Other Crime-7%-38%+33%-57%+167%+600%-36%+200%-29%-14%
Other Theft-2%-69%-31%-25%-41%-6%-5%-46%-21%-33%
Possession of Weapons+17%-75%-67%+14%--75%-38%+100%+60%-33%
Public Order-37%-38%-3%-61%-16%-10%+17%+6%-20%+5%
Robbery+50%--71%-89%+50%-67%+20%-40%-33%-
Shoplifting-44%-71%-56%-39%-10%-36%+2%+45%-12%+5%
Theft From the Person-14%-83%-75%-93%-75%--55%-60%-42%-70%
Vehicle Crime-31%+5%+12%-17%-22%-40%+39%-20%-2%-48%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-12%-20%-16%-10%-5%+9%+22%+2%+15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in St Albans

What police force serves St Albans?
St Albans's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is St Albans?
St Albans is the second safest major town in Hertfordshire.

What is St Albans's most common crime?
The most common crimes in St Albans are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in St Albans?
St Albans's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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