Elstree and Borehamwood Crime Overview

Elstree and Borehamwood is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Elstree and Borehamwood in 2020 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Elstree and Borehamwood is the 60th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 702nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2017, Elstree and Borehamwood had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for robbery, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2015 was also a bad month for Elstree and Borehamwood residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 58 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Elstree and Borehamwood are violence and sexual offences, with 1,221 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 1,112 offences and a difference of 2.76 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Elstree and Borehamwood's least common crime is robbery, with 17 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 159% from 2019's figure of 44 crimes.

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Crime in Elstree and Borehamwood Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Elstree and Borehamwood This Year

 Elstree and BorehamwoodHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,23331.1726,05921.9130% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft230.581,5061.27119% safer
Burglary1884.754,0233.3829% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2967.487,2416.0919% more dangerous
Drugs1233.112,6242.2129% more dangerous
Other Crime601.521,4721.2418% more dangerous
Other Theft41810.576,8065.7246% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons320.815680.4841% more dangerous
Public Order2987.535,5574.6738% more dangerous
Robbery170.437120.6040% safer
Shoplifting55113.936,3585.3562% more dangerous
Theft From the Person411.048180.6934% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3007.586,7305.6625% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,22130.8726,80322.5327% more dangerous

Elstree and Borehamwood Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5946% safer
Hertford1,83662.3745% safer
Cheshunt3,28669.7329% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.9627% safer
Hatfield3,83880.9911% safer
Elstree and Borehamwood3,56890.21-

Crime Over Time in Elstree and Borehamwood

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Elstree and Borehamwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour42303031Safer
Bicycle Theft0.761.31.60.58Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11987Safer
Other Crime1.
Other Theft11131311Safer
Possession of Weapons3.71.60.630.81Safer
Public Order8888Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.20.911.10.43Safer
Shoplifting10111314Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime710108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24272831Getting worse

Changes In Elstree and Borehamwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Elstree and Borehamwood's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Elstree and Borehamwood that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Meadow Park111-161.7

Comparing Elstree and Borehamwood to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7133% safer
Coventry77.4117% safer
Croydon83.228% safer
Sheffield85.815% safer
Bristol86.214.6% safer
Elstree and Borehamwood90.21-
Leicester97.447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8712% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2816% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1034% more dangerous

Crime in Elstree and Borehamwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Borehamwood Brookmeadow889105First
Borehamwood Cowley Hill82090Third
Borehamwood Hillside89085Fourth
Borehamwood Kenilworth60194Second

Elstree and Borehamwood Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Elstree and Borehamwood for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBorehamwood Hillside (332)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (357)
Bicycle TheftBorehamwood Kenilworth (2)Borehamwood Hillside (9)
BurglaryBorehamwood Kenilworth (19)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (48)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBorehamwood Kenilworth (39)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (79)
DrugsBorehamwood Hillside (22)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (45)
Other CrimeBorehamwood Hillside (9)Borehamwood Kenilworth (14)
Other TheftBorehamwood Brookmeadow (52)Borehamwood Kenilworth (79)
Possession of WeaponsBorehamwood Hillside (5)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (10)
Public OrderBorehamwood Kenilworth (42)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (85)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Borehamwood Hillside (4)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (6)
ShopliftingBorehamwood Cowley Hill (52)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (188)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Borehamwood Hillside (8)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (17)
Vehicle CrimeBorehamwood Brookmeadow (49)Borehamwood Kenilworth (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBorehamwood Hillside (277)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (347)

Crime in Elstree and Borehamwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Elstree and Borehamwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Elstree and Borehamwood saw a 171% increase in shoplifting. Elstree and Borehamwood saw a large fall in bicycle theft during September, when it fell by 91% compared to September in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Elstree and Borehamwood's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+7%-6%+18%+13%+7%+1%+35%-21%-8%-
Bicycle Theft-50%-80%-33%+100%-67%-73%-91%--67%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-35%-28%+4%+7%-31%+50%+19%+36%-42%+5%
Other Crime-50%-25%-14%-40%-14%-20%+100%-22%+33%+133%
Other Theft-5%-35%-60%-28%-35%+3%+3%-38%+3%+23%
Possession of Weapons+33%-+100%-+50%-33%-50%---33%
Public Order+20%-18%-15%-27%-+9%-38%+12%+29%+56%
Theft From the Person+13%-71%--67%-70%-40%---50%-20%
Vehicle Crime-19%-63%-60%-32%-48%-20%-36%-18%+11%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%-39%-14%+6%+72%-7%+8%+10%+14%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Elstree and Borehamwood

What police force serves Elstree and Borehamwood?
Elstree and Borehamwood's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Elstree and Borehamwood?
Elstree and Borehamwood is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire.
What is Elstree and Borehamwood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Elstree and Borehamwood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Elstree and Borehamwood?
Elstree and Borehamwood's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021