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Crime and Safety in Hertford

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Hertford is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hertford in 2021 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hertford is the 74th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,806th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2016, Hertford had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Hertford are violence and sexual offences, with 791 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 690 offences and a difference of 3.43 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Hertford's least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 109% from 2020's figure of 23 crimes.

Hertford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

7% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

17% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hertford is 7% lower than the East of England and 17% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hertford Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hertford 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 Hertford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021661,930
2020621,836
2019882,593
2018782,309
2017772,255
2016722,126

Crime in Hertford Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hertford This Year

 HertfordHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour63421.5424,48520.58 4.5% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft401.361,3311.12 18% more dangerous
Burglary1284.353,1172.62 40% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2127.206,8565.76 20% more dangerous
Drugs622.112,4482.06 2.4% more dangerous
Other Crime311.051,3971.17 11% safer
Other Theft2247.616,8025.72 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons210.716130.52 27% more dangerous
Public Order1595.405,2454.41 18% more dangerous
Robbery110.375250.44 19% safer
Shoplifting1153.915,7434.83 24% safer
Theft From the Person180.619070.76 25% safer
Vehicle Crime1184.016,6705.61 40% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences79126.8727,36823.01 14% more dangerous

Hertford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hitchin1,73147.3638% safer
Bushey1,37950.5530% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.3623% safer
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2617% safer
Cheshunt2,81859.8010% safer
Hertford1,93065.56-
Welwyn Garden City3,31465.910.53% more dangerous
Hatfield3,64576.9215% more dangerous
Elstree and Borehamwood3,37085.2023% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hertford

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Recent Crimes in Hertford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dellswood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hamels DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near South StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fore StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SpringsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near London RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Iron DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Spencer StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The GulphsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022RobberyOn or near Norwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eagle CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The GulphsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Hertford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25222422 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.42.51.81.4 Safer
Burglary4.74.964.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8967 Safer
Drugs3.83.31.62.1 Safer
Other Crime2.01.41.11.0 Safer
Other Theft8868 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.30.750.510.71 Safer
Public Order5.074.95 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.880.780.37 Safer
Shoplifting9124.53.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.50.750.61 Safer
Vehicle Crime7954.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24272327 Getting worse

Changes In Hertford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hertford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hertford65.56-
Barnet67.082.3% more dangerous
Croydon82.4821% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0527% more dangerous
Bristol90.5228% more dangerous
Coventry102.2436% more dangerous
Leicester111.5941% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6449% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Hertford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hertford Bengeo38247Fourth
Hertford Foxholes29048Third
Hertford South88692First
Hertford West37265Second

Hertford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHertford Foxholes (78)Hertford South (278)
Bicycle TheftHertford Foxholes (3)Hertford South (26)
BurglaryHertford West (19)Hertford South (47)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHertford Bengeo (27)Hertford West (58)
DrugsHertford Foxholes (5)Hertford South (30)
Other CrimeHertford Foxholes (3)Hertford West (9)
Other TheftHertford West (23)Hertford Foxholes (80)
Possession of WeaponsHertford Foxholes (1)Hertford Bengeo (10)
Public OrderHertford Foxholes (12)Hertford South (77)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hertford Foxholes (1)Hertford South (7)
ShopliftingHertford Foxholes (2)Hertford South (79)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hertford Foxholes (1)Hertford South (11)
Vehicle CrimeHertford Foxholes (18)Hertford South (51)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHertford Bengeo (135)Hertford South (369)

Crime in Hertford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hertford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Hertford saw a 400% increase in other crime. Hertford saw a large fall in other crime during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+41%+16%+34%+10%+6%+19%-2%+15%-26%+31%
Bicycle Theft-60%--60%+8%-59%+9%-50%-50%--
Burglary-15%-+88%-18%+109%+171%+57%+55%-74%-14%
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-77%-69%-58%-48%+92%-17%-31%-6%-29%
Drugs-67%-56%-86%-44%-40%-38%-70%-50%-25%-67%
Other Crime-88%+200%-60%--25%+400%+50%-+150%-40%
Other Theft-7%-44%-6%+60%-32%+211%-8%-82%-26%+6%
Possession of Weapons-50%--50%--+33%----
Public Order-71%-81%-30%-35%-52%+21%+38%--17%-39%
Robbery+33%--+200%---67%---33%
Shoplifting-50%-66%-82%-55%-63%-73%-56%-65%-79%-84%
Theft From the Person+100%-+100%--83%-25%-33%+50%-75%-78%
Vehicle Crime-83%-65%-24%-48%-42%-40%-24%--19%+11%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-40%-2%+37%-3%-12%+27%-2%-45%-46%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hertford

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

How dangerous is Hertford?
Hertford is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire.

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

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

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