Hitchin Crime Overview

Hitchin is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hitchin in 2020 was 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hitchin is the 38th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,032nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Hitchin was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Hitchin residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Hitchin recorded 8 reports of theft from the person during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hitchin are violence and sexual offences, with 736 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 783 offences and a difference of 1.28 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Hitchin's least common crime is robbery, with 18 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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Crime in Hitchin Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hitchin This Year

 HitchinHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour77821.2926,05921.912.9% safer
Bicycle Theft561.531,5061.2717% more dangerous
Burglary792.164,0233.3856% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1995.447,2416.0912% safer
Drugs932.542,6242.2113% more dangerous
Other Crime350.961,4721.2429% safer
Other Theft1824.986,8065.7215% safer
Possession of Weapons270.745680.4835% more dangerous
Public Order1564.275,5574.679% safer
Robbery180.497120.6022% safer
Shoplifting1263.456,3585.3555% safer
Theft From the Person280.778180.6910% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1002.746,7305.66107% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences73620.1426,80322.5312% safer

Hitchin Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth99539.3228% safer
Harpenden1,24140.3025% safer
Bushey1,19843.9214% safer
Hitchin1,83550.20-
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.993.4% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5918% more dangerous
Hertford1,83662.3720% more dangerous
Cheshunt3,28669.7328% more dangerous
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.9629% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hitchin

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Hitchin Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23172221Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.82.51.81.5Safer
Burglary4.964.42.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8875Safer
Drugs2.31.62.52.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.931.21.20.96Safer
Other Theft7885.0Safer
Possession of Weapons2.41.10.570.74Safer
Public Order4.94.84.64.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.660.490.49Safer
Shoplifting1084.63.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.61.50.77Safer
Vehicle Crime3.74.63.52.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16212120Getting worse

Changes In Hitchin's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hitchin's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bancroft Recreation Ground10---468
The Ransom Playing Fields23--122.1
Walsworth Common3---200.63

Comparing Hitchin to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hitchin50.20-
Barnet67.7126% more dangerous
Coventry77.4135% more dangerous
Croydon83.2240% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2142% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8751% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2853% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Hitchin's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hitchin Highbury31139Third
Hitchin Town & West80969First
Hitchin Walsworth31240Second

Crime in Hitchin During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hitchin change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Hitchin saw a 400% increase in other crime. Hitchin saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Hitchin's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-27%+34%+21%+36%+2%+2%-10%-16%-7%+9%
Bicycle Theft-+50%-50%+100%+33%-40%-20%-60%--83%
Burglary-79%-85%-53%-55%-80%-50%--33%+18%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-86%-73%+16%+10%-21%---18%-50%
Drugs+140%-33%+83%+140%-36%+50%+13%-50%+125%-30%
Other Crime+50%+400%--50%-67%-50%-+150%-20%-
Other Theft+15%-63%-46%-27%-50%-32%-43%-36%-19%-60%
Possession of Weapons+100%--+33%-67%+200%+50%+200%+400%-
Public Order-21%--68%+8%-5%--+67%-25%+25%
Robbery+100%-+100%-+100%+100%-50%-80%+300%-
Shoplifting-63%-75%-59%-11%-80%+25%-18%-44%+100%+55%
Theft From the Person-80%--33%--40%--50%-83%-71%-
Vehicle Crime-58%-61%-82%-60%-42%-33%-33%+400%-10%+64%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%-27%-42%+44%-16%+4%-12%-2%-18%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hitchin

What police force serves Hitchin?
Hitchin's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Hitchin?
Hitchin is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Hitchin's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hitchin are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hitchin?
Hitchin's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021