Bishop's Stortford Crime Overview

Bishop's Stortford is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bishop's Stortford in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bishop's Stortford is the 47th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,811st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Bishop's Stortford was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 38 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.94 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Bishop's Stortford residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Bishop's Stortford recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bishop's Stortford are violence and sexual offences, with 749 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 1.5% higher than 2019's figure of 738 offences and a difference of 0.28 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Bishop's Stortford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 143% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bishop's Stortford This Year

 Bishop's StortfordHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour67316.7126,05921.9131% safer
Bicycle Theft581.441,5061.2712% more dangerous
Burglary1032.564,0233.3832% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2556.337,2416.093.8% more dangerous
Drugs591.462,6242.2151% safer
Other Crime411.021,4721.2422% safer
Other Theft2265.616,8065.722.0% safer
Possession of Weapons70.175680.48182% safer
Public Order1674.155,5574.6713% safer
Robbery290.727120.6017% more dangerous
Shoplifting1914.746,3585.3513% safer
Theft From the Person350.878180.6921% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1744.326,7305.6631% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences74918.6026,80322.5321% safer

Crime in Bishop's Stortford Compared To Hertfordshire

Bishop's Stortford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth99539.3232% safer
Harpenden1,24140.3029% safer
Bushey1,19843.9218% safer
Hitchin1,83550.203.6% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.99-
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5916% more dangerous
Hertford1,83662.3717% more dangerous
Cheshunt3,28669.7325% more dangerous
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.9627% more dangerous
Hatfield3,83880.9936% more dangerous

Bishop's Stortford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21181617Safer
Bicycle Theft0.701.11.71.4Getting worse
Burglary4.24.62.82.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7676Safer
Drugs2.31.51.31.5Safer
Other Crime0.840.671.21.0Getting worse
Other Theft7666Safer
Possession of Weapons1.71.30.420.17Safer
Public Order4.34.54.74.2Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.500.720.940.72No change
Shoplifting5674.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.31.50.87Safer
Vehicle Crime3.84.864.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15161819Getting worse

Changes In Bishop's Stortford's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Bishop's Stortford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bishop's Stortford51.99-
Barnet67.7123% more dangerous
Coventry77.4133% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8139% more dangerous
Bristol86.2140% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in Bishop's Stortford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bishop's Stortford Central69864Second
Bishop's Stortford East36040Third
Bishop's Stortford North59489First
Bishop's Stortford South17521Fourth

Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Bishop's Stortford for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBishop's Stortford South (67)Bishop's Stortford North (189)
Bicycle TheftBishop's Stortford South (3)Bishop's Stortford Central (34)
BurglaryBishop's Stortford South (8)Bishop's Stortford North (27)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBishop's Stortford South (25)Bishop's Stortford North (61)
DrugsBishop's Stortford South (9)Bishop's Stortford North (13)
Other CrimeBishop's Stortford South (5)Bishop's Stortford North (9)
Other TheftBishop's Stortford South (11)Bishop's Stortford North (54)
Possession of WeaponsBishop's Stortford North (1)Bishop's Stortford East (4)
Public OrderBishop's Stortford South (13)Bishop's Stortford North (53)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bishop's Stortford South (1)Bishop's Stortford North (14)
ShopliftingBishop's Stortford East (19)Bishop's Stortford North (87)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bishop's Stortford East (1)Bishop's Stortford North (21)
Vehicle CrimeBishop's Stortford South (15)Bishop's Stortford North (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBishop's Stortford South (84)Bishop's Stortford North (206)

Crime in Bishop's Stortford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bishop's Stortford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Bishop's Stortford saw a 300% increase in bicycle theft. Bishop's Stortford saw a large fall in theft from the person during December, when it fell by 90% compared to December in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Bishop's Stortford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+37%-12%+12%+45%+23%+64%+7%-20%-46%
Bicycle Theft-86%--29%-38%-+300%+100%-29%-63%-70%
Burglary-36%+29%+8%-45%+57%+17%-75%-71%-54%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+53%-6%-57%+47%-57%+16%-15%-4%-72%-55%
Drugs-43%+33%+50%-43%+150%+40%-33%+50%-+300%
Other Crime-82%-60%+100%-25%+50%--+100%-50%+50%
Other Theft-38%-48%-31%-4%+38%-14%-29%-+43%-19%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-18%-7%-19%+13%-58%-64%+13%+64%+100%-6%
Robbery-75%-----57%-33%+133%--67%
Shoplifting-17%-58%-81%-32%-44%-48%-5%-+5%-11%
Theft From the Person-78%-83%-67%--+100%+75%--33%-90%
Vehicle Crime-23%-29%-50%-14%-63%-27%+8%-58%-26%-13%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-8%-29%-32%+1%-11%+47%+62%+4%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bishop's Stortford

What police force serves Bishop's Stortford?
Bishop's Stortford's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Bishop's Stortford?
Bishop's Stortford is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Bishop's Stortford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bishop's Stortford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bishop's Stortford?
Bishop's Stortford's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021