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Crime and Safety in Elstree and Borehamwood

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Elstree and Borehamwood is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Elstree and Borehamwood in 2021 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Elstree and Borehamwood is the 79th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 923rd 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 1,201 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 1.7% lower than 2020's figure of 1,221 offences and a difference of 0.50 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Elstree and Borehamwood's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 21 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 52% from 2020's figure of 32 crimes.

Elstree and Borehamwood 2022 Crime Scorecard

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10% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Elstree and Borehamwood is 17% higher than the East of England and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Elstree and Borehamwood Crime Rate Over Time

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Elstree and Borehamwood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Elstree and Borehamwood 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 Elstree and Borehamwood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021853,370
2020903,568
2019973,819
2018943,729
2017913,591
2016763,011

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 Behaviour1,31933.3524,48520.58 38% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft441.111,3311.12 0.90% safer
Burglary1533.873,1172.62 32% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2596.556,8565.76 12% more dangerous
Drugs1152.912,4482.06 29% more dangerous
Other Crime581.471,3971.17 20% more dangerous
Other Theft45011.386,8025.72 50% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons210.536130.52 1.9% more dangerous
Public Order3027.645,2454.41 42% more dangerous
Robbery260.665250.44 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting3859.735,7434.83 50% more dangerous
Theft From the Person451.149070.76 33% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3117.866,6705.61 29% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,20130.3727,36823.01 24% more dangerous

Elstree and Borehamwood Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2651% safer
Cheshunt2,81859.8042% safer
Hertford1,93065.5630% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,31465.9129% safer
Hatfield3,64576.9211% safer
Elstree and Borehamwood3,37085.20-

Crime Over Time in Elstree and Borehamwood

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Recent Crimes in Elstree and Borehamwood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blyth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Red RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edgwarebury LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kenilworth DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holt CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Public orderOn or near Whitehall CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Canterbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hancock CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Glenhaven AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Morpeth AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Well End RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Dunnock CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aberford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Brook CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rye CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brook CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Elstree and Borehamwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30303133 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.60.581.1 Safer
Burglary654.83.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9877 Safer
Drugs3.33.13.12.9 Safer
Other Crime1.31.81.51.5 Safer
Other Theft13131111 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.60.630.810.53 Safer
Public Order8888 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.911.10.430.66 Safer
Shoplifting11131410 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.62.01.01.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime101088 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27283130 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Meadow Park111-161.7

Comparing Elstree and Borehamwood to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0827% safer
Croydon82.483.3% safer
Elstree and Borehamwood85.20-
Sheffield90.055% more dangerous
Bristol90.526% more dangerous
Coventry102.2417% more dangerous
Leicester111.5924% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0631% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6434% more dangerous
Bradford132.2836% more dangerous
Leeds150.9444% more dangerous

Crime in Elstree and Borehamwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Borehamwood Brookmeadow79895First
Borehamwood Cowley Hill80188Third
Borehamwood Hillside92889Second
Borehamwood Kenilworth53283Fourth

Elstree and Borehamwood Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBorehamwood Brookmeadow (266)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (427)
Bicycle TheftBorehamwood Kenilworth (4)Borehamwood Hillside (20)
BurglaryBorehamwood Hillside (30)Borehamwood Kenilworth (31)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBorehamwood Hillside (59)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (70)
DrugsBorehamwood Hillside (22)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (43)
Other CrimeBorehamwood Kenilworth (5)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (20)
Other TheftBorehamwood Brookmeadow (60)Borehamwood Hillside (150)
Possession of WeaponsBorehamwood Brookmeadow (4)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (7)
Public OrderBorehamwood Kenilworth (36)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (115)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Borehamwood Kenilworth (1)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (13)
ShopliftingBorehamwood Cowley Hill (59)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (130)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Borehamwood Kenilworth (1)Borehamwood Brookmeadow (22)
Vehicle CrimeBorehamwood Cowley Hill (53)Borehamwood Hillside (101)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBorehamwood Hillside (303)Borehamwood Cowley Hill (331)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+7%-6%+18%+13%+7%+1%+35%-21%-8%-
Bicycle Theft-50%-80%-33%+100%-67%-73%-91%--67%-67%
Burglary-42%-53%-58%-42%+20%-44%+33%+20%-53%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-35%-28%+4%+7%-31%+50%+19%+36%-42%+5%
Drugs-17%+129%+91%-50%+22%+8%-9%-25%-13%-29%
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%
Robbery----50%-71%--+50%--
Shoplifting--63%-48%-37%-7%-14%+163%+171%+55%-34%
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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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