Bushey Crime Overview

Bushey is the third safest medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is the 59th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bushey in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bushey is the 23rd safest medium-sized town, and the 3,777th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2019, Bushey was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for vehicle crime, with 34 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2018 was also a bad month for Bushey residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bushey are violence and sexual offences, with 463 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 420 offences and a difference of 1.57 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Bushey's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Bushey Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Bushey This Year

 BusheyHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47717.4926,05921.9125% safer
Bicycle Theft120.441,5061.27189% safer
Burglary823.014,0233.3812% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1043.817,2416.0960% safer
Drugs341.252,6242.2177% safer
Other Crime200.731,4721.2470% safer
Other Theft1395.106,8065.7212% safer
Possession of Weapons30.115680.48336% safer
Public Order1033.785,5574.6724% safer
Robbery170.627120.603.2% more dangerous
Shoplifting401.476,3585.35264% safer
Theft From the Person110.408180.6972% safer
Vehicle Crime1706.236,7305.669% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences46316.9726,80322.5333% safer

Bushey Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth99539.3212% safer
Harpenden1,24140.309% safer
Bushey1,19843.92-
Hitchin1,83550.2013% more dangerous
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9916% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5929% more dangerous
Hertford1,83662.3730% more dangerous
Cheshunt3,28669.7337% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bushey

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Bushey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16121117Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.070.330.44Getting worse
Burglary9563.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.863.8Safer
Drugs1.51.00.991.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.880.481.20.73Safer
Other Theft5.0565Safer
Possession of Weapons1.70.880.150.11Safer
Public Order3.23.63.43.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.620.510.62Getting worse
Shoplifting1.21.41.91.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.480.510.40Safer
Vehicle Crime66106Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13151517Getting 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 2020.

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
Bushey43.92-
Barnet67.7135% more dangerous
Coventry77.4143% more dangerous
Croydon83.2247% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Bushey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bushey Central45545First
Bushey Heath39039Second

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 the third 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021