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Crime and Safety in Hatfield, Hertfordshire

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Hatfield is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hatfield in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hatfield is the 99th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,234th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Hatfield had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for theft from the person, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Hatfield residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Hatfield recorded 30 reports of bicycle theft during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst for bicycle theft in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hatfield are violence and sexual offences, with 1,529 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 3.4% higher than 2020's figure of 1,477 offences and a difference of 1.10 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Hatfield's least common crime is robbery, with 34 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 94% from 2020's figure of 66 crimes.

Hatfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

8% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

0.62% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hatfield is 8% higher than the East of England and 0.62% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hatfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hatfield 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 Hatfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021773,645
2020813,839
2019954,516
2018944,442
2017954,511
2016823,872

Crime in Hatfield Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hatfield This Year

 HatfieldHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,34528.3824,48520.58 27% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1062.241,3311.12 50% more dangerous
Burglary1813.823,1172.62 31% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3447.266,8565.76 21% more dangerous
Drugs1723.632,4482.06 43% more dangerous
Other Crime581.221,3971.17 4.1% more dangerous
Other Theft3397.156,8025.72 20% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons350.746130.52 30% more dangerous
Public Order2986.295,2454.41 30% more dangerous
Robbery340.725250.44 39% more dangerous
Shoplifting2735.765,7434.83 16% more dangerous
Theft From the Person470.999070.76 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2294.836,6705.61 16% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,52932.2727,36823.01 29% more dangerous

Hatfield Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.3644% safer
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2637% safer
Cheshunt2,81859.8029% safer
Hertford1,93065.5617% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,31465.9117% safer
Hatfield3,64576.92-
Elstree and Borehamwood3,37085.2010% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hatfield

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Recent Crimes in Hatfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Days CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Link DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Walsingham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HillfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Talbot RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nine Acre LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Garden AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Days CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Green CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Robins WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Errington CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near De Havilland CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bishop SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near WellandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chelwood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near CorncroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Old Hertford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Briars CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Hatfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32293228 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.14.83.62.2 Safer
Burglary54.34.33.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10997 Safer
Drugs653.23.6 Safer
Other Crime1.61.91.61.2 Safer
Other Theft101187 Safer
Possession of Weapons2.20.870.630.74 Safer
Public Order7776 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.21.40.72 Safer
Shoplifting11966 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.73.00.870.99 Safer
Vehicle Crime6854.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30313132 Getting worse

Changes In Hatfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hatfield's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birchwood Playing Field35-5-161310
Hatfield Cricket Club1-1-132.5
Millwards Park2---110.85
Roe Hill Park5-1--31.7
St Albans Road East Recreation Ground2----01.6

Comparing Hatfield to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0815% safer
Hatfield76.92-
Croydon82.487% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0515% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Coventry102.2425% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0637% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6441% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% more dangerous

Crime in Hatfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hatfield East50969Third
Hatfield North & West1,36696Second
Hatfield South67259Fourth
Hatfield Town87096First
Welwyn & Hatfield Garden Village39650Fifth

Hatfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (102)Hatfield Town (328)
Bicycle TheftWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (5)Hatfield Town (37)
BurglaryWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (20)Hatfield East (37)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (43)Hatfield North & West (134)
DrugsWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (6)Hatfield North & West (87)
Other CrimeWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (5)Hatfield East (22)
Other TheftHatfield East (31)Welwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (89)
Possession of WeaponsWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (1)Hatfield East (7)
Public OrderWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (25)Hatfield North & West (137)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hatfield South (2)Hatfield Town (16)
ShopliftingHatfield East (8)Hatfield Town (116)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Welwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (1)Hatfield East (16)
Vehicle CrimeWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (20)Hatfield East (43)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (143)Hatfield Town (353)

Crime in Hatfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hatfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Hatfield saw a 700% increase in other crime. Hatfield saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 97% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Hatfield's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+14%+18%+1%+37%+1%-12%+18%+41%-
Bicycle Theft-57%-46%-15%+91%-41%-38%-40%-39%-18%+120%
Burglary+5%-56%-11%+69%+60%+92%-44%-39%+170%+69%
Criminal Damage and Arson+24%-46%+27%-14%+74%-9%+38%-28%--22%
Drugs-55%-65%-26%-56%-6%-67%-5%-38%-27%-50%
Other Crime+20%-78%-67%+100%-40%-33%+33%-44%-17%+700%
Other Theft+12%-44%-53%-59%-29%-29%-15%-17%-18%-25%
Possession of Weapons-78%-----25%+200%+50%-60%-
Public Order-45%-28%+11%+38%+10%-27%--11%-19%-24%
Robbery+33%--+25%+75%-43%+300%+20%-22%-20%
Shoplifting-6%-70%-77%-56%-16%-59%+4%-58%-43%-61%
Theft From the Person+80%-50%-97%-93%+100%--78%-40%-13%-60%
Vehicle Crime-43%-5%-27%-28%-48%--55%-47%-+29%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-22%-4%+28%+13%+24%-7%-19%+28%+3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hatfield

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

How dangerous is Hatfield?
Hatfield is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Hatfield?
Hatfield's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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