Baldock Crime Overview

Baldock is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Baldock in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Baldock is the 416th safest small town, and the 2,923rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Baldock was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.75 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 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 5 reports of bicycle theft during January 2019, making its crime rate of 0.47 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Baldock are violence and sexual offences, with 278 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 4.3% lower than 2019's figure of 290 offences and a difference of 1.13 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Baldock's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Baldock Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Baldock This Year

 BaldockHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18517.4126,05921.9126% safer
Bicycle Theft70.661,5061.2792% safer
Burglary242.264,0233.3850% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson423.957,2416.0954% safer
Drugs201.882,6242.2118% safer
Other Crime151.411,4721.2412% more dangerous
Other Theft323.016,8065.7290% safer
Possession of Weapons10.095680.48433% safer
Public Order333.115,5574.6750% safer
Robbery10.097120.60567% safer
Shoplifting323.016,3585.3578% safer
Theft From the Person30.288180.69146% safer
Vehicle Crime555.186,7305.669% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27826.1726,80322.5314% more dangerous

Baldock Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sawbridgeworth36440.1327% safer
Royston68940.4326% safer
North Mymms38441.2024% safer
Welwyn37641.4623% safer
Ware1,01450.471.3% safer
Baldock54351.11-
Aldenham51353.414.3% more dangerous
St Stephen88161.5217% more dangerous
Potters Bar1,51165.4722% more dangerous
Waltham Cross1,260115.4956% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Baldock

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Baldock Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28191517Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.81.10.66Safer
Burglary4.24.44.82.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9974.0Safer
Drugs1.61.21.41.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.660.941.31.4Getting worse
Other Theft2.84.03.33.0Safer
Possession of Weapons2.41.70.470.09Safer
Public Order3.14.44.53.1Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.751.11.20.09Safer
Shoplifting2.43.72.63.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.850.940.28Safer
Vehicle Crime554.85Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21232726Getting worse

Changes In Baldock's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Baldock to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Baldock51.11-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Baldock's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Baldock55552First

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 5 most dangerous small towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021