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Crime and Safety in Hereford

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Hereford is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in Herefordshire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Herefordshire's 211 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hereford in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Herefordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% higher than the Herefordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hereford is the 62nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 718th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Hereford had the worst crime rate in Herefordshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Hereford residents, when it was Herefordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Hereford recorded 49 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.88 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Herefordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hereford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,937 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 53. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 2,410 offences and a difference of 9.45 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Hereford's least common crime is robbery, with 13 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 223% from 2020's figure of 42 crimes.

Hereford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Herefordshire

4.6% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

18% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hereford is 4.6% higher than the West Midlands and 18% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hereford Crime Rate Over Time

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Hereford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hereford 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 Hereford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021935,209
2020814,539
2019915,072
2018935,184
2017884,934
2016844,657

Crime in Hereford Compared To Herefordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hereford This Year

 HerefordHerefordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,01254.016,04931.42 42% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft691.24950.49 60% more dangerous
Burglary1452.605502.86 10% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4898.771,1846.15 30% more dangerous
Drugs1923.443701.92 44% more dangerous
Other Crime991.782371.23 31% more dangerous
Other Theft3115.588794.57 18% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons400.72970.50 31% more dangerous
Public Order56210.081,1245.84 42% more dangerous
Robbery130.23270.14 39% more dangerous
Shoplifting2294.114122.14 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person240.43350.18 58% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime991.783521.83 2.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,93752.665,83730.31 42% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hereford

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Recent Crimes in Hereford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Masefield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near East StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Widemarsh StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lyde StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Riddimore AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hereford Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Union StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HomesteadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Belmont AvenueOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Partridge MeadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Campbell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near QuicksetsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pembridge CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grosvenor PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxwhelp CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barricombe DriveUnable to prosecute suspect

Hereford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour57483354 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.52.01.71.2 Safer
Burglary3.82.82.52.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10989 Safer
Drugs4.74.84.53.4 Safer
Other Crime2.02.01.41.8 Safer
Other Theft8756 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.30.990.970.72 Safer
Public Order66710 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.950.790.750.23 Safer
Shoplifting894.54.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.10.450.43 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.92.61.31.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41424353 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0839% safer
Croydon82.4813% safer
Sheffield90.053.7% safer
Bristol90.523.2% safer
Hereford93.40-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5916% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0624% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6428% more dangerous
Bradford132.2829% more dangerous
Leeds150.9438% more dangerous

Crime in Hereford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hereford Central2,107209First
Hereford East23740Sixth
Hereford North West52256Fifth
Hereford South84887Third
Hereford South West79496Second
Hereford West47666Fourth

Hereford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHereford East (140)Hereford Central (1,310)
Bicycle TheftHereford East (1)Hereford Central (39)
BurglaryHereford North West (13)Hereford Central (55)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHereford East (20)Hereford Central (184)
DrugsHereford North West (9)Hereford Central (94)
Other CrimeHereford North West (7)Hereford South West (28)
Other TheftHereford East (18)Hereford Central (116)
Possession of WeaponsHereford South (3)Hereford Central (18)
Public OrderHereford East (23)Hereford Central (279)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hereford South (2)Hereford West (3)
ShopliftingHereford East (4)Hereford Central (148)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hereford South (2)Hereford Central (20)
Vehicle CrimeHereford South West (12)Hereford South (24)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHereford East (134)Hereford Central (1,102)

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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