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Crime and Safety in Hemel Hempstead

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Hemel Hempstead is the second most dangerous major town in Hertfordshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hemel Hempstead in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.0% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hemel Hempstead is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,268th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Hemel Hempstead had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Hemel Hempstead residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Hemel Hempstead recorded 15 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hemel Hempstead are violence and sexual offences, with 2,443 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 3.8% lower than 2020's figure of 2,536 offences and a difference of 0.90 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Hemel Hempstead's least common crime is robbery, with 37 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 84% from 2020's figure of 68 crimes.

Hemel Hempstead 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Hertfordshire

18% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

28% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hemel Hempstead is 18% lower than the East of England and 28% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hemel Hempstead Crime Rate Over Time

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Hemel Hempstead Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hemel Hempstead 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 Hemel Hempstead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021606,152
2020636,514
2019747,564
2018737,484
2017707,225
2016636,453

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 Behaviour2,48724.1824,48520.58 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft730.711,3311.12 58% safer
Burglary2192.133,1172.62 23% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6306.126,8565.76 6% more dangerous
Drugs2272.212,4482.06 7% more dangerous
Other Crime1271.231,3971.17 4.9% more dangerous
Other Theft5765.606,8025.72 2.1% safer
Possession of Weapons540.526130.520% safer
Public Order4244.125,2454.41 7% safer
Robbery370.365250.44 22% safer
Shoplifting7747.525,7434.83 36% more dangerous
Theft From the Person660.649070.76 19% safer
Vehicle Crime5024.886,6705.61 15% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,44323.7527,36823.01 3.1% more dangerous

Hemel Hempstead Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Watford7,98156.486% safer
St Albans5,16158.821.7% safer
Hemel Hempstead6,15259.80-
Stevenage7,60880.8726% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hemel Hempstead

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Recent Crimes in Hemel Hempstead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gade CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ashley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Connaught CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hollybush LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Belswains LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The CornfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Howe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near DownsideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dione RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Denham CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Juniper GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cedar WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Boxted RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Crackley MeadowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Hemel Hempstead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26252524 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.980.950.550.71 Safer
Burglary4.64.73.02.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9866 Safer
Drugs2.32.22.32.2 Safer
Other Crime1.31.71.41.2 Safer
Other Theft6656 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.70.590.710.52 Safer
Public Order654.74.1 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.590.950.660.36 Safer
Shoplifting8978 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.980.760.64 Safer
Vehicle Crime8764.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24262524 Getting 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 2021.

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 Hempstead59.80-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% 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 Woodhall Farm as the third most dangerous area. Hemel Hempstead's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Leverstock Green, Nash Mills & Bennetts End, and Warners End.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Corner Hall37059Sixth
Grovehill49762Fourth
Hemel Hempstead Town1,550137First
Highfield48961Fifth
Leverstock Green36049Eighth
Maylands & Adeyfield791109Second
Nash Mills & Bennetts End46946Ninth
Warners End36854Seventh
Woodhall Farm37763Third

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 (103)Hemel Hempstead Town (572)
Bicycle TheftWarners End (1)Hemel Hempstead Town (33)
BurglaryWarners End (6)Maylands & Adeyfield (33)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLeverstock Green (34)Hemel Hempstead Town (133)
DrugsWoodhall Farm (9)Hemel Hempstead Town (64)
Other CrimeWarners End (6)Hemel Hempstead Town (28)
Other TheftNash Mills & Bennetts End (38)Maylands & Adeyfield (84)
Possession of WeaponsNash Mills & Bennetts End (1)Hemel Hempstead Town (19)
Public OrderLeverstock Green (11)Hemel Hempstead Town (117)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Leverstock Green (1)Hemel Hempstead Town (11)
ShopliftingNash Mills & Bennetts End (9)Hemel Hempstead Town (332)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Woodhall Farm (1)Hemel Hempstead Town (37)
Vehicle CrimeNash Mills & Bennetts End (23)Maylands & Adeyfield (85)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLeverstock Green (114)Hemel Hempstead Town (543)

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 robbery during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Hemel Hempstead saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%-15%+15%+23%-6%-6%+15%-4%+31%+31%
Bicycle Theft-80%-77%-38%+11%-55%-50%-43%--+100%
Burglary-19%-78%-58%-70%-47%-57%-44%+43%-23%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-46%-21%-39%+14%-14%-46%+24%-12%+4%
Drugs-68%+9%+76%+10%+8%-7%+29%-6%+29%+47%
Other Crime-25%-50%-26%+175%-13%-67%-13%-+55%-33%
Other Theft-6%-70%-11%-51%-4%+7%-9%-4%-53%-28%
Possession of Weapons-+17%-33%-17%+125%+29%+500%-14%-+150%
Public Order-40%-24%-17%-14%+9%-20%+17%-28%+16%-26%
Robbery+67%-86%-46%-20%-75%--85%-50%-80%-46%
Shoplifting-38%-77%-37%-45%-4%-25%-34%+63%+32%-9%
Theft From the Person+25%-60%-38%-63%+14%-36%-25%-22%-33%-43%
Vehicle Crime-21%-61%-62%-20%-60%-11%-53%+18%-36%+32%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-15%-1%-3%-3%+10%-8%-21%-10%-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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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