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Crime and Safety in Bushey, Hertfordshire

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Bushey is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bushey in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bushey is the 30th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,206th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Bushey was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2019 was also a bad month for Bushey residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Bushey recorded 34 reports of vehicle crime during June 2019, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst medium-sized town for vehicle crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bushey are violence and sexual offences, with 511 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 463 offences and a difference of 1.76 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Bushey's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 83% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Bushey 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

39% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

51% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bushey is 39% lower than the East of England and 51% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bushey Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Bushey 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 Bushey

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021511,379
2020441,198
2019521,418
2018451,228
2017481,302
2016401,086

Crime in Bushey Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bushey This Year

 BusheyHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour49318.0724,48520.58 14% safer
Bicycle Theft190.701,3311.12 60% safer
Burglary873.193,1172.62 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1264.626,8565.76 25% safer
Drugs281.032,4482.06 100% safer
Other Crime250.921,3971.17 27% safer
Other Theft1836.716,8025.72 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.406130.52 30% safer
Public Order993.635,2454.41 21% safer
Robbery70.265250.44 69% safer
Shoplifting401.475,7434.83 229% safer
Theft From the Person60.229070.76 245% safer
Vehicle Crime2378.696,6705.61 35% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences51118.7327,36823.01 23% safer

Bushey Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden1,12536.5338% safer
Rickmansworth1,13744.9313% safer
Hitchin1,73147.367% safer
Bushey1,37950.55-
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.365% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2610% more dangerous
Cheshunt2,81859.8015% more dangerous
Hertford1,93065.5623% more dangerous
Welwyn Garden City3,31465.9123% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bushey

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Recent Crimes in Bushey

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Highfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Windmill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Park AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hartswood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Harts CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Melbourne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rectory LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hive RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Walnut GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Falconer RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Moat CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walton RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The BirchesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Prowse AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hartswood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bushey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12111718 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.070.330.440.70 Getting worse
Burglary563.03.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.863.84.6 Safer
Drugs1.00.991.21.0 Safer
Other Crime0.481.20.730.92 Getting worse
Other Theft5657 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.880.150.110.40 Safer
Public Order3.63.43.83.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.510.620.26 Safer
Shoplifting1.41.91.51.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.510.400.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime61069 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15151719 Getting worse

Changes In Bushey's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bushey's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George Recreation Ground1----00.12
Windmill Recreation Ground-----11.8

Comparing Bushey to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bushey50.55-
Barnet67.0825% more dangerous
Croydon82.4839% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0544% more dangerous
Bristol90.5244% more dangerous
Coventry102.2451% more dangerous
Leicester111.5955% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0659% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6461% more dangerous
Bradford132.2862% more dangerous
Leeds150.9467% more dangerous

Crime in Bushey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bushey Central56256First
Bushey Heath49450Second

Crime in Bushey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bushey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Bushey saw a 400% increase in shoplifting. Bushey saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Bushey's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%+244%+53%+74%+50%-10%+61%+165%+83%+100%
Bicycle Theft-+200%--------
Burglary-67%-69%-14%-60%-11%+20%-71%-42%-30%-65%
Criminal Damage and Arson-75%-40%-17%-73%-33%+18%-72%-15%+9%-53%
Drugs-+50%+250%--+100%-67%-50%+67%+100%
Other Crime+100%-+100%--71%+100%--+100%-
Other Theft+33%-36%-76%-9%-39%---8%-9%+12%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-14%+40%+9%+18%+43%+11%-23%+160%+100%-22%
Robbery------+200%+100%--67%
Shoplifting-40%-83%+25%-86%+67%+75%-50%-50%-+400%
Theft From the Person------33%----
Vehicle Crime-76%-54%-57%-65%-28%-4%-65%-36%+47%+9%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%+50%+41%+27%+13%-16%-39%-23%+27%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bushey

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

How dangerous is Bushey?
Bushey is among the top 5 safest medium-sized town in Hertfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Bushey?
Bushey's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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