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Crime and Safety in Bishop's Stortford

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Bishop's Stortford is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bishop's Stortford in 2021 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bishop's Stortford is the 38th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,897th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Bishop's Stortford had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for robbery, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bishop's Stortford are violence and sexual offences, with 752 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 0.40% higher than 2020's figure of 749 offences and a difference of 0.07 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Bishop's Stortford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 30% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Bishop's Stortford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

32% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

43% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bishop's Stortford is 32% lower than the East of England and 43% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bishop's Stortford Crime Rate Over Time

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Bishop's Stortford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bishop's Stortford 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 Bishop's Stortford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021532,149
2020522,094
2019592,392
2018552,197
2017532,125
2016451,831

Crime in Bishop's Stortford Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bishop's Stortford This Year

 Bishop's StortfordHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour82620.5124,48520.58 0.34% safer
Bicycle Theft701.741,3311.12 36% more dangerous
Burglary1052.613,1172.62 0.38% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2155.346,8565.76 8% safer
Drugs832.062,4482.060% safer
Other Crime340.841,3971.17 39% safer
Other Theft1834.546,8025.72 26% safer
Possession of Weapons100.256130.52 108% safer
Public Order1904.725,2454.41 7% more dangerous
Robbery210.525250.44 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting2626.515,7434.83 26% more dangerous
Theft From the Person380.949070.76 19% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1864.626,6705.61 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences75218.6727,36823.01 23% safer

Bishop's Stortford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden1,12536.5346% safer
Rickmansworth1,13744.9319% safer
Hitchin1,73147.3613% safer
Bushey1,37950.556% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.36-
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.265% more dangerous
Cheshunt2,81859.8011% more dangerous
Hertford1,93065.5619% more dangerous
Welwyn Garden City3,31465.9119% more dangerous
Hatfield3,64576.9231% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bishop's Stortford

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Recent Crimes in Bishop's Stortford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Plaw Hatch CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Devoils LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Crown TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Edens CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bakers CourtOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bowling LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near John Dyde CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nelson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Potter StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near William Searing CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Theatre/Concert HallUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bishop's Stortford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161721 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.11.71.41.7 Getting worse
Burglary4.62.82.62.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6765 Safer
Drugs1.51.31.52.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.671.21.00.84 Safer
Other Theft6664.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.30.420.170.25 Safer
Public Order4.54.74.24.7 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.720.940.720.52 Safer
Shoplifting674.77 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.50.870.94 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.864.34.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16181919 Getting worse

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

Offences in Bishop's Stortford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bishop's Stortford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Castle Gardens-11--00.13

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

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bishop's Stortford53.36-
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0541% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2448% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Bishop's Stortford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bishop's Stortford Central72667Second
Bishop's Stortford East38042Third
Bishop's Stortford North677101First
Bishop's Stortford South14917Fourth

Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBishop's Stortford South (68)Bishop's Stortford North (196)
Bicycle TheftBishop's Stortford South (2)Bishop's Stortford Central (33)
BurglaryBishop's Stortford South (9)Bishop's Stortford North (38)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBishop's Stortford South (26)Bishop's Stortford North (59)
DrugsBishop's Stortford South (7)Bishop's Stortford North (28)
Other CrimeBishop's Stortford South (3)Bishop's Stortford North (12)
Other TheftBishop's Stortford South (9)Bishop's Stortford North (40)
Possession of WeaponsBishop's Stortford East (2)Bishop's Stortford North (4)
Public OrderBishop's Stortford South (9)Bishop's Stortford North (55)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bishop's Stortford South (1)Bishop's Stortford North (9)
ShopliftingBishop's Stortford East (20)Bishop's Stortford North (111)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bishop's Stortford East (3)Bishop's Stortford North (22)
Vehicle CrimeBishop's Stortford South (23)Bishop's Stortford North (61)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBishop's Stortford South (57)Bishop's Stortford North (222)

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.

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