Crime in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is among the top 20 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Hertfordshire in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 23 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Hertfordshire's larger towns and cities, Waltham Cross is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Elstree and Borehamwood, and Stevenage comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Hertfordshire, starting with Croxley Green which ranks as the safest area in Hertfordshire, followed up by Sandridge in second place, and Watford Rural in third place.

Crime Map of Hertfordshire

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Hertfordshire Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour26,05921.91
Bicycle Theft1,5061.27
Burglary4,0233.38
Criminal Damage and Arson7,2416.09
Drugs2,6242.21
Other Crime1,4721.24
Other Theft6,8065.72
Possession of Weapons5680.48
Public Order5,5574.67
Robbery7120.60
Shoplifting6,3585.35
Theft From the Person8180.69
Vehicle Crime6,7305.66
Violence and Sexual Offences26,80322.53

Hertfordshire's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Hertfordshire
Abbots Langley7723569% safer
Aldenham5135312% safer
Baldock5435117% safer
Berkhamsted7343955% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,0945215% safer
Bushey1,1984436% safer
Cheshunt3,2867014% more dangerous
Chorleywood4093570% safer
Croxley Green21716275% safer
Elstree and Borehamwood3,5689034% more dangerous
Harpenden1,2414049% safer
Hatfield3,8388126% more dangerous
Hemel Hempstead6,785669% more dangerous
Hertford1,836624.0% more dangerous
Hitchin1,8355019% safer
Letchworth Garden City2,125622.8% more dangerous
London Colney3283478% safer
North Mymms3844145% safer
Potters Bar1,511659% more dangerous
Rickmansworth9953952% safer
Royston6894048% safer
Sandridge24020193% safer
Sawbridgeworth3644049% safer
St Albans4,5605215% safer
St Stephen881622.7% more dangerous
Stevenage7,6718227% more dangerous
Tring4853954% safer
Waltham Cross1,26011548% more dangerous
Ware1,0145019% safer
Watford8,938635% more dangerous
Watford Rural7033289% safer
Welwyn3764144% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,5687116% more dangerous

Crime Trends in Hertfordshire

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28202022Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.61.91.3Safer
Burglary654.63.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs2.52.42.42.2Safer
Other Crime1.41.41.41.2Safer
Other Theft7776Safer
Possession of Weapons2.81.40.640.48Safer
Public Order5.0554.7Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.690.810.60Safer
Shoplifting6775Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.941.21.20.69Safer
Vehicle Crime7776Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212323Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021