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Crime and Safety in Watford Rural

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Watford Rural is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Watford Rural in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.7% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Watford Rural is the 377th most dangerous small town, and the 2,325th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Watford Rural was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.72 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Watford Rural residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Watford Rural recorded 5 reports of other crime during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Watford Rural are violence and sexual offences, with 586 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 499 offences and a difference of 3.92 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Watford Rural's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 25% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Watford Rural 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Hertfordshire

19% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

29% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Watford Rural is 19% lower than the East of England and 29% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Watford Rural Crime Rate Over Time

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Watford Rural Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Watford Rural 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 Watford Rural

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021591,309
2020591,317
2019651,445
2018551,226
2017521,155
201639870

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 Behaviour43919.8024,48520.58 3.9% safer
Bicycle Theft100.451,3311.12 149% safer
Burglary512.303,1172.62 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1245.596,8565.76 3.0% safer
Drugs381.712,4482.06 20% safer
Other Crime241.081,3971.17 8% safer
Other Theft1466.586,8025.72 13% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons160.726130.52 28% more dangerous
Public Order883.975,2454.41 11% safer
Robbery50.235250.44 91% safer
Shoplifting883.975,7434.83 22% safer
Theft From the Person40.189070.76 322% safer
Vehicle Crime1295.826,6705.61 3.6% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences58626.4327,36823.01 13% more dangerous

Watford Rural Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Baldock48145.2730% safer
Welwyn41645.8829% safer
Ware97848.6821% safer
Aldenham47249.1420% safer
Abbots Langley1,19754.937% safer
Watford Rural1,30959.04-
St Stephen93064.949% more dangerous
Potters Bar1,50765.2910% more dangerous
Waltham Cross1,188108.8946% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Watford Rural

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Recent Crimes in Watford Rural

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lytham AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HighlandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near By The WoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lundin WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liphook RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Turnberry CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leven CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bramshot WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Benton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Buxton PathInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HighlandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ferryhills CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ralston WayAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crowborough PathUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Longcliffe PathUnable to prosecute suspect

Watford Rural Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20212220 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.500.720.500.45 Safer
Burglary3.03.62.82.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7896 Safer
Drugs2.43.42.51.7 Safer
Other Crime0.681.01.31.1 Getting worse
Other Theft6877 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.990.540.540.72 Safer
Public Order63.64.64.0 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.680.500.23 Safer
Shoplifting3.563.64.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.410.590.230.18 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.764.86 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19242326 Getting worse

Changes In Watford Rural's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Watford Rural to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Watford Rural59.04-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Watford Rural's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Oxhey53669First

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 433% increase in public order. Watford Rural saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 92% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+65%+33%+66%-7%-40%+17%-19%+57%+12%-21%
Bicycle Theft+100%----50%--67%-67%--
Burglary-25%-33%+17%--+125%-67%-63%-54%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+45%+90%-+50%-46%+31%-39%+45%+155%-10%
Drugs-56%+75%+29%-50%--29%-33%--38%-88%
Other Crime+100%--60%-33%+50%-50%-+50%--33%
Other Theft+8%-47%-19%-67%-11%+70%-50%-45%+7%+45%
Possession of Weapons+100%---+100%-----
Public Order-+433%-+350%-21%+8%+160%-20%+13%-
Robbery-----+100%----
Shoplifting-40%-20%-57%-20%-81%-72%-72%+38%+200%+300%
Theft From the Person----75%-----50%-
Vehicle Crime-29%-70%-+50%+13%+75%-43%-44%+100%-92%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%+59%+7%+14%+7%-49%+2%-11%+33%-25%

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 among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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).

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