Crime in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is the 21st safest county in England and Wales. The overall crime rate in Hertfordshire in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 17 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Hertfordshire's larger towns and cities, Elstree and Borehamwood is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Stevenage, and Watford comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Hertfordshire, starting with Three Rivers which ranks as the safest area in Hertfordshire, followed up by St Albans in second place, and Hertsmere in third place.

Crime Map of Hertfordshire

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Hertfordshire Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour26,06416.38
Bicycle Theft1,5000.94
Burglary3,9342.47
Criminal Damage and Arson7,1474.49
Drugs2,6571.67
Other Crime1,4550.91
Other Theft6,6574.18
Possession of Weapons5870.37
Public Order5,4743.44
Robbery7230.45
Shoplifting6,1363.86
Theft From the Person7820.49
Vehicle Crime6,7444.24
Violence and Sexual Offences26,34516.55

Hertfordshire's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Hertfordshire
Abbots Langley1,0875012% more dangerous
Aldenham4785011% more dangerous
Berkhamsted6823623% safer
Bishop's Stortford1,922488% more dangerous
Broxbourne6,7847037% more dangerous
Chorleywood3883332% safer
Croxley Green3792858% safer
Dacorum6,358417% safer
Elstree and Borehamwood3,3218448% more dangerous
Harpenden1,1213621% safer
Hatfield3,5567541% more dangerous
Hertford1,7245925% more dangerous
Hertsmere2,8102765% safer
London Colney5916127% more dangerous
North Hertfordshire4,1803141% safer
North Mymms377409% safer
Royston6323719% safer
Sandridge3673141% safer
Sawbridgeworth3393718% safer
St Albans3,7212576% safer
St Stephen8616027% more dangerous
Stevenage7,2678347% more dangerous
Three Rivers6137571% safer
Tring4473623% safer
Ware924464.2% more dangerous
Watford7,2917542% more dangerous
Watford Rural1,2365621% more dangerous
Welwyn3523914% safer
Welwyn Hatfield3,3902860% safer

Crime Trends in Hertfordshire

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22161616Safer
Bicycle Theft1.01.31.50.94Safer
Burglary4.54.13.62.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6664.5Safer
Drugs2.02.02.01.7Safer
Other Crime1.11.11.20.91Safer
Other Theft6664.2Safer
Possession of Weapons2.21.10.500.37Safer
Public Order3.94.24.03.4Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.550.670.45Safer
Shoplifting5.0563.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.720.910.940.49Safer
Vehicle Crime5664.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14171817Getting worse

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021