Hereford Crime Overview

Hereford is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Herefordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Herefordshire's 238 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hereford in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Herefordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 37% higher than the Herefordshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hereford is the 79th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 947th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Hereford had the worst crime rate in Herefordshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Hereford residents, when it was Herefordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Hereford recorded 20 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Herefordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hereford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,410 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 1.9% higher than 2019's figure of 2,364 offences and a difference of 0.82 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Hereford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 25 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 144% from 2019's figure of 61 crimes.

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Crime in Hereford Compared To Herefordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hereford This Year

 HerefordHerefordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,84032.993,88920.2039% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft971.741310.6861% more dangerous
Burglary1412.535813.0219% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4387.851,0705.5629% more dangerous
Drugs2534.544852.5244% more dangerous
Other Crime761.361850.9629% more dangerous
Other Theft3045.458544.4419% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons540.971130.5939% more dangerous
Public Order3726.676983.6346% more dangerous
Robbery420.75600.3159% more dangerous
Shoplifting2524.524882.5344% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.45460.2447% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime751.343341.7329% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,41043.214,87325.3141% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hereford

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Hereford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour58574833Safer
Bicycle Theft2.52.52.01.7Safer
Burglary4.43.82.82.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101098Safer
Drugs54.74.84.5Safer
Other Crime1.92.02.01.4Safer
Other Theft8875Safer
Possession of Weapons0.811.30.990.97Safer
Public Order7667Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.950.790.75Safer
Shoplifting8894.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.771.51.10.45Safer
Vehicle Crime2.92.92.61.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37414243Getting worse

Changes In Hereford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hereford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Hereford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bishop's Meadow----522.0
Central Park51---027
Playground3----01.3
Quarry Park--1--10.29
Widemarsh Common4---202.6

Comparing Hereford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7120% safer
Coventry77.415% safer
Hereford81.39-
Croydon83.222.2% more dangerous
Sheffield85.815% more dangerous
Bristol86.216% more dangerous
Leicester97.4416% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2824% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Hereford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hereford Central1,805179First
Hereford East20234Sixth
Hereford North West48352Fifth
Hereford South74176Third
Hereford South West68282Second
Hereford West44862Fourth

Hereford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHereford East (83)Hereford Central (682)
Bicycle TheftHereford East (4)Hereford Central (41)
BurglaryHereford East (6)Hereford Central (50)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHereford East (19)Hereford Central (173)
DrugsHereford East (8)Hereford Central (122)
Other CrimeHereford West (8)Hereford Central (24)
Other TheftHereford South West (29)Hereford Central (126)
Possession of WeaponsHereford South (4)Hereford Central (26)
Public OrderHereford East (13)Hereford Central (183)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hereford North West (1)Hereford Central (22)
ShopliftingHereford East (1)Hereford Central (163)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hereford South (4)Hereford Central (21)
Vehicle CrimeHereford South (8)Hereford Central (21)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHereford East (115)Hereford Central (833)

Crime in Hereford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hereford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Hereford saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Hereford saw a large fall in other crime during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Hereford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+111%+87%+30%------
Bicycle Theft-29%-14%-30%-33%+100%+75%+200%-42%-86%-38%
Burglary-53%+200%+20%-50%-55%-9%-33%-67%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-31%-3%+4%-19%+53%-2%-12%-16%-21%-60%
Drugs-54%-16%-19%-+19%+60%-52%+75%+91%-33%
Other Crime-50%+100%-91%-40%-74%--22%+233%-+10%
Other Theft-33%-63%-32%-18%-60%-13%-28%-20%-17%+21%
Possession of Weapons-14%+33%-50%+25%+120%-33%-57%-75%-50%+300%
Public Order+73%-35%+35%-15%+19%+32%+11%-11%-26%+46%
Robbery-43%---+25%-75%-63%-67%+150%+200%
Shoplifting-66%-56%-83%-69%-29%+5%+14%-72%-49%-63%
Theft From the Person-33%----67%-50%--33%-88%-
Vehicle Crime-63%-70%-67%-43%-60%-56%-71%-69%-10%+8%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-24%-2%-+28%+16%-4%-4%-11%-28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hereford

What police force serves Hereford?
Hereford's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Hereford?
Hereford is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Herefordshire.
What is Hereford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hereford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hereford?
Hereford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021