Watford Rural Crime Overview

Watford Rural is the third safest small town in Hertfordshire, and is the 37th safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Watford Rural in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 89% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Watford Rural is the 134th safest small town, and the 5,318th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Watford Rural was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for drugs, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Watford Rural residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Watford Rural recorded 9 reports of public order during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst small town for public order in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Watford Rural are violence and sexual offences, with 269 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 291 offences and a difference of 0.99 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Watford Rural's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 600% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Watford Rural Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Watford Rural This Year

 Watford RuralHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23210.4626,05921.91109% safer
Bicycle Theft30.141,5061.27807% safer
Burglary341.534,0233.38121% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1024.607,2416.0932% safer
Drugs371.672,6242.2132% safer
Other Crime140.631,4721.2497% safer
Other Theft763.436,8065.7267% safer
Possession of Weapons70.325680.4850% safer
Public Order602.715,5574.6772% safer
Robbery70.327120.6088% safer
Shoplifting371.676,3585.35220% safer
Theft From the Person10.058180.691280% safer
Vehicle Crime562.536,7305.66124% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26912.1326,80322.5386% safer

Watford Rural Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croxley Green21715.9898% safer
Sandridge24020.4455% safer
Watford Rural70331.71-
London Colney32833.726% more dangerous
Chorleywood40935.2010% more dangerous
Abbots Langley77235.4310% more dangerous
Berkhamsted73438.6418% more dangerous
Tring48538.8018% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Watford Rural

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Watford Rural Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15101010Safer
Bicycle Theft0.230.270.410.14Safer
Burglary2.41.62.61.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.73.64.24.6Getting worse
Drugs0.901.52.11.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.720.500.590.63Getting worse
Other Theft2.92.64.43.4Getting worse
Possession of Weapons1.80.680.360.32Safer
Public Order2.03.22.32.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.270.500.32Getting worse
Shoplifting2.42.44.51.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.050.230.320.05Safer
Vehicle Crime2.52.52.82.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9101312Getting worse

Changes In Watford Rural's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Watford Rural to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Watford Rural31.71-
Barnet67.7153% more dangerous
Coventry77.4159% more dangerous
Croydon83.2262% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8163% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Watford Rural's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Oxhey49463First

Crime in Watford Rural During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Watford Rural change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Watford Rural saw a 350% increase in public order. Watford Rural saw a large fall in shoplifting during July, when it fell by 95% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+70%-+72%+34%-60%+17%-27%+8%+15%-52%
Burglary--+17%+33%-80%+100%-80%-50%-80%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%+67%-11%+133%-53%+120%-54%+17%+133%-71%
Drugs-67%+100%+40%-50%----50%+25%-82%
Other Crime---80%-50%+200%-----
Other Theft+20%+17%-60%-55%-17%-25%-67%-69%+10%+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+33%+350%-+300%-54%+50%+75%-+17%-
Robbery-----+100%----
Shoplifting-86%+33%-43%-25%-95%--+100%--
Vehicle Crime-17%-60%+50%-20%+29%+150%-70%-40%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%+69%+61%--20%-31%-32%-26%-5%-21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Watford Rural

What police force serves Watford Rural?
Watford Rural's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Watford Rural?
Watford Rural is the third safest small town in Hertfordshire.
What is Watford Rural's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Watford Rural are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Watford Rural?
Watford Rural's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021