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Crime and Safety in Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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Hitchin is the third safest medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 54th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hitchin in 2021 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hitchin is the 23rd safest medium-sized town, and the 3,615th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Hitchin was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Hitchin residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 34 crimes at a rate of 0.93 per 1,000 residents. Hitchin recorded 7 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hitchin are violence and sexual offences, with 698 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 8% lower than 2020's figure of 752 offences and a difference of 1.47 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Hitchin's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 145% from 2020's figure of 27 crimes.

Hitchin 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

49% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

61% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hitchin is 49% lower than the East of England and 61% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hitchin Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hitchin 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 Hitchin

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021471,731
2020511,861
2019632,293
2018692,509
2017652,378
2016552,000

Crime in Hitchin Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hitchin This Year

 HitchinHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour74720.4424,48520.58 0.68% safer
Bicycle Theft641.751,3311.12 36% more dangerous
Burglary782.133,1172.62 23% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1764.826,8565.76 20% safer
Drugs812.222,4482.06 7% more dangerous
Other Crime340.931,3971.17 26% safer
Other Theft1804.926,8025.72 16% safer
Possession of Weapons110.306130.52 73% safer
Public Order1423.885,2454.41 14% safer
Robbery150.415250.44 7% safer
Shoplifting1293.535,7434.83 37% safer
Theft From the Person240.669070.76 15% safer
Vehicle Crime992.716,6705.61 107% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences69819.1027,36823.01 20% safer

Hitchin Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harpenden1,12536.5330% safer
Rickmansworth1,13744.935% safer
Hitchin1,73147.36-
Bushey1,37950.556% more dangerous
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.3611% more dangerous
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2616% more dangerous
Cheshunt2,81859.8021% more dangerous
Hertford1,93065.5628% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hitchin

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Recent Crimes in Hitchin

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Thatchers EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chaucer WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hermitage RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bingen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Portmill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wilshere CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dacre RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hollow LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hollow LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sunnyside RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Hermitage RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tilehouse StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Whitegale CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Hitchin Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17222120 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.51.81.51.8 Safer
Burglary64.42.22.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8764.8 Safer
Drugs1.62.52.62.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.20.960.93 Safer
Other Theft8854.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.570.740.30 Safer
Public Order4.84.74.33.9 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.660.490.490.41 Safer
Shoplifting84.63.43.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.50.770.66 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.73.52.72.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21222119 Safer

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 2021.

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
Hitchin47.36-
Barnet67.0829% more dangerous
Croydon82.4843% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0547% more dangerous
Bristol90.5248% more dangerous
Coventry102.2454% more dangerous
Leicester111.5958% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0662% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6463% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Hitchin's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hitchin Highbury31940Third
Hitchin Town & West73663First
Hitchin Walsworth33343Second

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 87% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Hitchin's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+34%+22%+41%+3%+2%-10%-16%-7%+9%
Bicycle Theft-+50%-50%+100%+33%-40%-20%-60%--83%
Burglary-74%-77%-53%-55%-80%-50%--37%+18%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-87%-73%+16%+10%-17%--4%-18%-44%
Drugs+140%-40%+100%+140%-36%+50%+13%-50%+125%-30%
Other Crime+50%+400%--50%-67%-50%-+150%-20%-33%
Other Theft+15%-63%-46%-27%-43%-32%-43%-35%-18%-59%
Possession of Weapons+100%--+33%-67%+200%+50%+200%+400%-
Public Order-21%--68%+8%-5%--+67%-19%+11%
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+19%-28%-40%+46%-9%+4%-7%--17%-16%

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 the third safest medium-sized town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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