St Albans Crime Overview

St Albans is the safest major town in Hertfordshire, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St Albans in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 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 2,814th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, St Albans had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for possession of weapons, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for St Albans residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 50 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. St Albans recorded 36 reports of bicycle theft during September 2018, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst for bicycle theft in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in St Albans are violence and sexual offences, with 1,612 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 4.8% lower than 2019's figure of 1,689 offences and a difference of 0.88 from 2019's crime rate of 19. St Albans's least common crime is robbery, with 31 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 116% from 2019's figure of 67 crimes.

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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 Behaviour1,47816.8426,05921.9130% safer
Bicycle Theft1351.541,5061.2718% more dangerous
Burglary2022.304,0233.3847% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4575.217,2416.0917% safer
Drugs1872.132,6242.213.8% safer
Other Crime881.001,4721.2424% safer
Other Theft4064.636,8065.7224% safer
Possession of Weapons470.545680.4811% more dangerous
Public Order3393.865,5574.6721% safer
Robbery310.357120.6071% safer
Shoplifting5105.816,3585.358% more dangerous
Theft From the Person480.558180.6925% safer
Vehicle Crime4985.686,7305.660.35% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,61218.3726,80322.5323% safer

St Albans Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St Albans4,56051.97-
Watford8,93863.2518% more dangerous
Hemel Hempstead6,78565.9621% more dangerous
Stevenage7,67181.5436% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St Albans

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St Albans Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25161617Safer
Bicycle Theft1.42.02.81.5Safer
Burglary54.74.52.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7665Safer
Drugs1.72.41.82.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.51.11.0Safer
Other Theft8774.6Safer
Possession of Weapons2.41.20.670.54Safer
Public Order4.94.74.53.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.730.760.35Safer
Shoplifting7786Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.931.31.40.55Safer
Vehicle Crime8876Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15171918Getting 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 2020.

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 Albans51.97-
Barnet67.7123% more dangerous
Coventry77.4133% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8139% more dangerous
Bristol86.2140% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in St Albans's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bernards Heath18827Ninth
Clarence Park57970Second
Cottonmill & Sopwell47863Fourth
Jersey Farm & Sandridge31045Seventh
London Colney63165Third
Longacres16525Tenth
Marshalswick19829Eighth
St Albans Central1,266139First
The Camp & Cunningham43963Fifth
Townsend & New Greens41253Sixth

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 BehaviourBernards Heath (65)St Albans Central (343)
Bicycle TheftJersey Farm & Sandridge (1)St Albans Central (63)
BurglaryBernards Heath (3)The Camp & Cunningham (33)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLongacres (12)St Albans Central (165)
DrugsLongacres (5)St Albans Central (56)
Other CrimeMarshalswick (3)The Camp & Cunningham (16)
Other TheftLongacres (12)St Albans Central (138)
Possession of WeaponsBernards Heath (1)Townsend & New Greens (10)
Public OrderMarshalswick (10)St Albans Central (112)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Marshalswick (1)London Colney (10)
ShopliftingLongacres (4)St Albans Central (241)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)The Camp & Cunningham (1)St Albans Central (18)
Vehicle CrimeMarshalswick (22)Cottonmill & Sopwell (86)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBernards Heath (59)St Albans Central (338)

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 500% 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. Rates of other theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during St Albans's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%-1%+4%-16%+14%+23%+4%-17%+14%+6%
Bicycle Theft-57%-56%-38%+58%-35%-85%-48%-15%-73%+18%
Burglary-57%-80%-60%-30%-10%-40%-58%-33%-78%-30%
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%-39%-38%+23%-14%-24%-+8%-22%-48%
Drugs-60%-59%+129%-25%+186%+420%+73%+13%+25%-22%
Other Crime-8%-63%+33%-75%+200%+500%-43%+100%-17%-14%
Other Theft-3%-68%-43%-33%-46%--18%-47%-25%-36%
Possession of Weapons--75%-67%+33%--71%-29%+100%+60%-50%
Public Order-35%-31%-5%-61%-18%-18%+9%+6%-19%+29%
Robbery+50%--71%-89%+25%-67%--40%-50%-
Shoplifting-47%-68%-55%-38%-11%-47%-8%+56%-12%+5%
Theft From the Person-43%-82%-88%-93%-71%--55%-60%-36%-70%
Vehicle Crime-38%+36%+3%-25%-27%-35%+43%-16%+2%-44%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-15%-19%-15%-10%-1%+8%+23%+7%+14%

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 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021