Hatfield Crime Overview

Hatfield is the second 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 Hatfield in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hatfield is the 84th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 959th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Hatfield had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Hatfield residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Hatfield recorded 79 reports of theft from the person during May 2019, making its crime rate of 1.7 the worst for theft from the person in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hatfield are violence and sexual offences, with 1,476 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 1.6% higher than 2019's figure of 1,452 offences and a difference of 0.51 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Hatfield's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 30 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 37% from 2019's figure of 41 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Hatfield This Year

 HatfieldHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,49631.5726,05921.9131% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1733.651,5061.2765% more dangerous
Burglary2044.314,0233.3822% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4098.637,2416.0929% more dangerous
Drugs1533.232,6242.2132% more dangerous
Other Crime741.561,4721.2421% more dangerous
Other Theft3848.106,8065.7229% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons300.635680.4824% more dangerous
Public Order3106.545,5574.6729% more dangerous
Robbery661.397120.6057% more dangerous
Shoplifting2655.596,3585.354.3% more dangerous
Theft From the Person410.878180.6921% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2535.346,7305.666% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,47631.1526,80322.5328% more dangerous

Crime in Hatfield Compared To Hertfordshire

Hatfield Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9956% safer
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5931% safer
Hertford1,83662.3730% safer
Cheshunt3,28669.7316% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.9614% safer
Hatfield3,83880.99-
Elstree and Borehamwood3,56890.2110% more dangerous

Hatfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42322932Safer
Bicycle Theft2.43.14.83.6Getting worse
Burglary654.34.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101099Safer
Drugs6653.2Safer
Other Crime1.91.61.91.6Safer
Other Theft1010118Safer
Possession of Weapons4.42.20.870.63Safer
Public Order7777Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.11.21.4Getting worse
Shoplifting91196Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.11.73.00.87Safer
Vehicle Crime7685Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28303131Getting worse

Changes In Hatfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Hatfield to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7120% safer
Coventry77.414.6% safer
Hatfield80.99-
Croydon83.222.7% more dangerous
Sheffield85.816% more dangerous
Bristol86.216% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Hatfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hatfield East49768Third
Hatfield North & West1,42399Second
Hatfield South69661Fourth
Hatfield Town1,013112First
Welwyn & Hatfield Garden Village41853Fifth

Hatfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (175)Hatfield Town (335)
Bicycle TheftWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (2)Hatfield East (39)
BurglaryHatfield South (39)Hatfield Town (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (35)Hatfield North & West (175)
DrugsWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (7)Hatfield North & West (75)
Other CrimeWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (9)Hatfield Town (19)
Other TheftHatfield East (36)Hatfield North & West (172)
Possession of WeaponsWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (2)Hatfield Town (10)
Public OrderWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (29)Hatfield Town (111)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Welwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (2)Hatfield East (16)
ShopliftingHatfield East (3)Hatfield Town (114)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hatfield South (4)Hatfield Town (19)
Vehicle CrimeWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (36)Hatfield Town (50)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWelwyn & Hatfield Garden Village (133)Hatfield Town (373)

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%-27%-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%+27%+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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021