Hertford Crime Overview

Hertford is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hertford in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.0% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hertford is the 74th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,902nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2015, Hertford had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Hertford are violence and sexual offences, with 690 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 804 offences and a difference of 3.87 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Hertford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 15 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 47% from 2019's figure of 22 crimes.

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Crime in Hertford Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Hertford This Year

 HertfordHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour70724.0226,05921.919% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft531.801,5061.2729% more dangerous
Burglary1635.544,0233.3839% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1735.887,2416.093.6% safer
Drugs481.632,6242.2136% safer
Other Crime331.121,4721.2411% safer
Other Theft1896.426,8065.7211% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons150.515680.486% more dangerous
Public Order1434.865,5574.673.9% more dangerous
Robbery230.787120.6023% more dangerous
Shoplifting1324.486,3585.3519% safer
Theft From the Person220.758180.698% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1525.166,7305.6610% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences69023.4426,80322.533.9% more dangerous

Hertford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden1,24140.3055% safer
Bushey1,19843.9242% safer
Hitchin1,83550.2024% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9920% safer
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.591.3% safer
Hertford1,83662.37-
Cheshunt3,28669.7311% more dangerous
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.9612% more dangerous
Hatfield3,83880.9923% more dangerous
Elstree and Borehamwood3,56890.2131% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hertford

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Hertford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29252224Safer
Bicycle Theft1.93.42.51.8Safer
Burglary74.74.96Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson11896Safer
Drugs3.03.83.31.6Safer
Other Crime1.42.01.41.1Safer
Other Theft9886Safer
Possession of Weapons2.51.30.750.51Safer
Public Order4.85.074.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.710.880.78Getting worse
Shoplifting99124.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.41.50.75Safer
Vehicle Crime7795Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19242723Getting worse

Changes In Hertford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hertford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hertford62.37-
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Hertford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hertford Bengeo34743Fourth
Hertford Foxholes31152Third
Hertford South77080First
Hertford West40872Second

Hertford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHertford Bengeo (134)Hertford South (301)
Bicycle TheftHertford Foxholes (6)Hertford South (28)
BurglaryHertford South (37)Hertford Bengeo (59)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHertford Foxholes (23)Hertford West (44)
DrugsHertford Foxholes (6)Hertford West (15)
Other CrimeHertford Bengeo (8)Hertford South (12)
Other TheftHertford Bengeo (19)Hertford Foxholes (81)
Possession of WeaponsHertford Foxholes (3)Hertford South (7)
Public OrderHertford Foxholes (17)Hertford South (61)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hertford West (3)Hertford Foxholes (7)
ShopliftingHertford Foxholes (11)Hertford South (65)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hertford Foxholes (1)Hertford South (18)
Vehicle CrimeHertford West (17)Hertford South (77)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHertford Foxholes (75)Hertford West (194)

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 towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021