Hemel Hempstead Crime Overview

Hemel Hempstead is the second most dangerous major town in Hertfordshire, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hemel Hempstead in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hemel Hempstead is the 30th safest major town, and the 1,681st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Hemel Hempstead had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 51 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Hemel Hempstead residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 62 crimes at a rate of 0.60 per 1,000 residents. Hemel Hempstead recorded 34 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hemel Hempstead are violence and sexual offences, with 2,623 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 2,755 offences and a difference of 1.28 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Hemel Hempstead's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 64 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 61% from 2019's figure of 103 crimes.

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Crime in Hemel Hempstead Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hemel Hempstead This Year

 Hemel HempsteadHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,66525.9126,05921.9115% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft640.621,5061.27105% safer
Burglary3253.164,0233.387% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7026.827,2416.0911% more dangerous
Drugs2502.432,6242.219% more dangerous
Other Crime1581.541,4721.2419% more dangerous
Other Theft5325.176,8065.7211% safer
Possession of Weapons750.735680.4834% more dangerous
Public Order5024.885,5574.674.3% more dangerous
Robbery750.737120.6018% more dangerous
Shoplifting7777.556,3585.3529% more dangerous
Theft From the Person790.778180.6910% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6236.066,7305.667% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,62325.5026,80322.5312% more dangerous

Hemel Hempstead Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St Albans4,56051.9727% safer
Watford8,93863.254.3% safer
Hemel Hempstead6,78565.96-
Stevenage7,67181.5419% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hemel Hempstead

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Hemel Hempstead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34262626Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.11.00.62Safer
Burglary64.94.83.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9987Safer
Drugs2.92.52.32.4Safer
Other Crime1.41.41.71.5Getting worse
Other Theft7675Safer
Possession of Weapons3.41.70.590.73Safer
Public Order6654.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.670.630.950.73Safer
Shoplifting7898Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.30.990.77Safer
Vehicle Crime8886Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20242726Getting worse

Changes In Hemel Hempstead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hemel Hempstead's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Coronation Fields1----00.13
Primrose Hill Playing Fields10---185
Water Gardens--11132.4

Comparing Hemel Hempstead to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hemel Hempstead65.96-
Barnet67.712.6% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Hemel Hempstead's Neighbourhoods

Hemel Hempstead Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Hemel Hempstead, followed by Maylands & Adeyfield in second place, and Highfield as the third most dangerous area. Hemel Hempstead's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Nash Mills & Bennetts End, Warners End, and Woodhall Farm.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Corner Hall39063Fifth
Grovehill48561Sixth
Hemel Hempstead Town1,500132First
Highfield56370Third
Leverstock Green48666Fourth
Maylands & Adeyfield935129Second
Nash Mills & Bennetts End57957Eighth
Warners End37155Ninth
Woodhall Farm36360Seventh

Hemel Hempstead Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLeverstock Green (93)Hemel Hempstead Town (689)
Bicycle TheftWarners End (1)Maylands & Adeyfield (8)
BurglaryWoodhall Farm (10)Maylands & Adeyfield (49)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLeverstock Green (35)Hemel Hempstead Town (167)
DrugsWarners End (7)Hemel Hempstead Town (61)
Other CrimeWarners End (3)Maylands & Adeyfield (20)
Other TheftWoodhall Farm (16)Maylands & Adeyfield (97)
Possession of WeaponsWoodhall Farm (2)Hemel Hempstead Town (21)
Public OrderWarners End (17)Hemel Hempstead Town (116)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Leverstock Green (1)Hemel Hempstead Town (22)
ShopliftingNash Mills & Bennetts End (15)Maylands & Adeyfield (198)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Leverstock Green (1)Hemel Hempstead Town (47)
Vehicle CrimeWarners End (21)Maylands & Adeyfield (89)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWarners End (153)Hemel Hempstead Town (512)

Crime in Hemel Hempstead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hemel Hempstead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Hemel Hempstead saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Hemel Hempstead saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019. Rates of burglary and violence and sexual offences both fell year-on-year for every month during Hemel Hempstead's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%-14%+17%+23%-5%-4%+17%-4%+29%+30%
Bicycle Theft-86%-77%-31%+11%-55%-43%-14%+13%-+33%
Burglary-16%-79%-57%-68%-45%-56%-43%+40%-19%-35%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-45%-19%-34%+11%-15%-46%+33%-3%+6%
Drugs-69%+13%+88%+19%+17%-13%+40%-11%+15%+47%
Other Crime-17%-50%-26%+225%-13%-53%--+48%-33%
Other Theft-4%-70%-9%-51%-+7%-12%-5%-52%-25%
Possession of Weapons-+17%-33%-17%+125%+29%+500%-14%-+150%
Public Order-44%-20%-15%-11%+13%-18%+14%-27%+13%-23%
Robbery+67%-86%-46%-20%-38%--85%-40%-80%-46%
Shoplifting-38%-77%-39%-47%--25%-34%+65%+29%-12%
Theft From the Person+25%-60%-38%-63%+14%-27%-25%-22%-33%-43%
Vehicle Crime-18%-61%-61%-16%-51%-17%-52%+16%-39%+39%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-12%-1%-1%-5%+12%-9%-21%-11%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hemel Hempstead

What police force serves Hemel Hempstead?
Hemel Hempstead's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Hemel Hempstead?
Hemel Hempstead is the second most dangerous major town in Hertfordshire.
What is Hemel Hempstead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hemel Hempstead are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hemel Hempstead?
Hemel Hempstead's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021