New statistics about the number of crimes committed in Rickmansworth between February 2020 and January 2023 have provided a fascinating insight into the town’s crime rates.
Crimerate.co.uk has aggregated open police force data and social media signals and filed Freedom of Information requests with local police forces, to build a complete catalogue of crime and safety information in the region.
Data from the site has shown that Rickmansworth ranks as the second safest medium-sized town across Hertfordshire, with only Harpenden statistically superior. In the whole of England, Wales and Northern Island, Rickmansworth is in the top 20 safest medium towns.
As of 2023, the crime rate in Rickmansworth is 35 per cent lower than the East of England average and 42 per cent lower than the overall figure for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
During 2022, 48 crimes in 1,000 people were committed in Rickmansworth, compared to a rate of 61 per 1,000 residents across the country.
Only in two types of crime does Rickmansworth rank higher than the county average: burglary and shoplifting.
Crimerate also shows an interactive map of where crimes are committed, with a large spike of shoplifting at the BP garage on Uxbridge Road. A total of 55 crimes were committed in this area since February 2020, which includes 15 incidents of shoplifting.
The most common crimes in the town are violence and sexual offences, with 411 of these offences occurring in 2022. The least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences in 2022 and just three reported in 2021.
Hertfordshire Police and the BP garage have been contacted for comment.
To view the statistics, visit www.crimerate.co.uk/hertfordshirerickmansworth