Letchworth Garden City Crime Overview

Letchworth Garden City is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Letchworth Garden City in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.8% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Letchworth Garden City is the 72nd safest medium-sized town, and the 1,961st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Letchworth Garden City was the worst medium-sized town in Hertfordshire for drugs, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Letchworth Garden City residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Letchworth Garden City recorded 4 reports of robbery during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Letchworth Garden City are violence and sexual offences, with 837 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 27% lower than 2019's figure of 1,067 offences and a difference of 6.66 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Letchworth Garden City's least common crime is robbery, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 24 crimes.

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Crime in Letchworth Garden City Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Letchworth Garden City This Year

 Letchworth Garden CityHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour74321.5326,05921.911.8% safer
Bicycle Theft381.101,5061.2715% safer
Burglary1273.684,0233.388% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2637.627,2416.0920% more dangerous
Drugs842.432,6242.219% more dangerous
Other Crime491.421,4721.2413% more dangerous
Other Theft1444.176,8065.7237% safer
Possession of Weapons190.555680.4813% more dangerous
Public Order1634.725,5574.671.1% more dangerous
Robbery120.357120.6071% safer
Shoplifting1795.196,3585.353.1% safer
Theft From the Person340.998180.6930% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1765.106,7305.6611% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences83724.2626,80322.537% more dangerous

Letchworth Garden City Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rickmansworth99539.3257% safer
Harpenden1,24140.3053% safer
Bushey1,19843.9240% safer
Hitchin1,83550.2023% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9918% safer
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.59-
Hertford1,83662.371.3% more dangerous
Cheshunt3,28669.7312% more dangerous
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.9613% more dangerous
Hatfield3,83880.9924% more dangerous
Elstree and Borehamwood3,56890.2132% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Letchworth Garden City

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Letchworth Garden City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24202922Safer
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson9998Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft6774.2Safer
Possession of Weapons3.91.90.810.55Safer
Public Order4.9564.7Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.550.700.35Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.991.20.99Safer
Vehicle Crime65.04.25Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences22253124Safer

Changes In Letchworth Garden City's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Letchworth Garden City's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Grange Playing Field732-222.4
Howard Park1522-7916

Comparing Letchworth Garden City to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Letchworth Garden City61.59-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Letchworth Garden City's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Letchworth East61975First
Letchworth Grange33350Fourth
Letchworth South East40664Third
Letchworth South West51569Second
Letchworth Wilbury25344Fifth

Letchworth Garden City Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLetchworth South East (105)Letchworth South West (196)
Bicycle TheftLetchworth Grange (2)Letchworth East (18)
BurglaryLetchworth Wilbury (9)Letchworth East (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLetchworth Wilbury (35)Letchworth East (79)
DrugsLetchworth Wilbury (7)Letchworth South East (25)
Other CrimeLetchworth South West (6)Letchworth East (22)
Other TheftLetchworth Grange (17)Letchworth South West (39)
Possession of WeaponsLetchworth Wilbury (1)Letchworth South East (7)
Public OrderLetchworth Grange (24)Letchworth South East (37)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Letchworth Grange (1)Letchworth South West (5)
ShopliftingLetchworth Wilbury (2)Letchworth South West (74)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Letchworth South East (2)Letchworth South West (18)
Vehicle CrimeLetchworth Grange (25)Letchworth South East (38)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLetchworth Wilbury (127)Letchworth South East (177)

Crime in Letchworth Garden City During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Letchworth Garden City change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Letchworth Garden City saw a 750% increase in drugs. Letchworth Garden City saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Letchworth Garden City's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-54%+4%-34%-23%-21%+13%-22%-33%-33%-19%
Bicycle Theft-80%-86%+33%+100%-40%+33%--90%-50%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-14%-30%-58%-8%-19%-8%+19%-17%-28%
Other Crime+167%-+300%-+25%-88%-75%-50%+17%+100%
Other Theft-48%-90%-37%-25%-24%-48%-74%-18%-41%-36%
Possession of Weapons--75%---40%--50%-50%-75%+100%
Public Order-18%-46%-58%-48%-12%-6%--32%-29%+92%
Theft From the Person+200%-50%+150%---67%--20%-71%-80%
Vehicle Crime+50%+60%-83%-71%-31%+233%+25%+92%+156%+13%
Violence and Sexual Offences-27%-21%-58%-13%+10%-13%-26%+7%-53%-54%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Letchworth Garden City

What police force serves Letchworth Garden City?
Letchworth Garden City's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Letchworth Garden City?
Letchworth Garden City is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Letchworth Garden City's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Letchworth Garden City are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Letchworth Garden City?
Letchworth Garden City's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021