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Crime and Safety in Baldock, Hertfordshire

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Baldock is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 59th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Baldock in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Baldock is the 270th safest small town, and the 3,879th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Baldock was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Baldock residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.28 per 1,000 residents. Baldock recorded 1 report of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Baldock are violence and sexual offences, with 234 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 19% lower than 2020's figure of 278 offences and a difference of 4.14 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Baldock's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Baldock 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Hertfordshire

56% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

69% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Baldock is 56% lower than the East of England and 69% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Baldock Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Baldock 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 Baldock

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145481
202051543
201961646
201861653
201755586
201647498

Crime in Baldock Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Baldock This Year

 BaldockHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23522.1224,48520.58 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.661,3311.12 70% safer
Burglary181.693,1172.62 55% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson827.726,8565.76 25% more dangerous
Drugs100.942,4482.06 119% safer
Other Crime171.601,3971.17 27% more dangerous
Other Theft413.866,8025.72 48% safer
Possession of Weapons30.286130.52 86% safer
Public Order312.925,2454.41 51% safer
Robbery10.095250.44 389% safer
Shoplifting111.045,7434.83 364% safer
Theft From the Person30.289070.76 171% safer
Vehicle Crime232.166,6705.61 160% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23422.0327,36823.01 4.4% safer

Baldock Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sawbridgeworth33336.7123% safer
Chorleywood42836.8423% safer
Tring48939.1216% safer
Royston71942.197% safer
North Mymms39442.277% safer
Baldock48145.27-
Welwyn41645.881.3% more dangerous
Ware97848.687% more dangerous
Aldenham47249.148% more dangerous
Abbots Langley1,19754.9318% more dangerous
Watford Rural1,30959.0423% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Baldock

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Recent Crimes in Baldock

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodland WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Maltings CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Walnut AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Mary'S WayOffender given a caution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Clare CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Weston WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bell RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pond LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pinnocks CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elmwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near South RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Park StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The TeneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Baldock Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19151722 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.10.660.66 Safer
Burglary4.44.82.31.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson974.08 Safer
Drugs1.21.41.90.94 Safer
Other Crime0.941.31.41.6 Getting worse
Other Theft4.03.33.03.9 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons1.70.470.090.28 Safer
Public Order4.44.53.12.9 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.20.090.09 Safer
Shoplifting3.72.63.01.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.940.280.28 Safer
Vehicle Crime54.852.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23272622 Safer

Changes In Baldock's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Baldock to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Baldock45.27-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Baldock's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Baldock49246First

Crime in Baldock During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Baldock change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Baldock saw a 800% increase in vehicle crime. Baldock saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+60%+125%+18%+9%+58%+18%-30%+44%+9%
Bicycle Theft-------+300%--
Burglary-+60%---50%+50%-86%-25%-50%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-88%-80%-75%-50%-83%+20%+200%+400%-17%
Drugs-+50%--83%------
Other Crime----50%--33%-+100%-33%+200%
Other Theft--50%-80%-83%+50%-75%-67%+400%+400%+400%
Public Order-+50%--71%+300%-60%-50%+75%-50%-
Robbery----------50%
Shoplifting----+100%+100%+50%--+200%
Theft From the Person---------50%-
Vehicle Crime+800%-63%--38%--50%-60%-+60%+300%
Violence and Sexual Offences-30%--35%-24%-32%+21%+53%+70%+10%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Baldock

What police force serves Baldock?
Baldock's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Baldock?
Baldock is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Hertfordshire.

What is Baldock's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Baldock are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Baldock?
Baldock's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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