Potters Bar Crime Overview

Potters Bar is the second most dangerous small town in Hertfordshire, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Potters Bar in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Potters Bar is the 248th most dangerous small town, and the 1,713rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Potters Bar was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Potters Bar residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents. Potters Bar recorded 17 reports of other theft during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst small town for other theft in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Potters Bar are violence and sexual offences, with 547 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 1.3% higher than 2019's figure of 540 offences and a difference of 0.30 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Potters Bar's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 42% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Crime in Potters Bar Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Potters Bar This Year

 Potters BarHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38116.5126,05921.9133% safer
Bicycle Theft220.951,5061.2734% safer
Burglary1024.424,0233.3824% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1345.817,2416.094.8% safer
Drugs482.082,6242.216% safer
Other Crime220.951,4721.2431% safer
Other Theft1717.416,8065.7223% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.525680.488% more dangerous
Public Order1054.555,5574.672.6% safer
Robbery130.567120.607% safer
Shoplifting1104.776,3585.3512% safer
Theft From the Person180.788180.6912% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2078.976,7305.6637% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences54723.7026,80322.534.9% more dangerous

Potters Bar Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Welwyn37641.4658% safer
Ware1,01450.4730% safer
Baldock54351.1128% safer
Aldenham51353.4123% safer
St Stephen88161.526% safer
Potters Bar1,51165.47-
Waltham Cross1,260115.4943% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Potters Bar

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Potters Bar Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21151517Safer
Bicycle Theft0.521.40.870.95Getting worse
Burglary6764.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8866Safer
Drugs2.01.92.02.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.00.950.95Safer
Other Theft10887Safer
Possession of Weapons2.01.30.740.52Safer
Public Order4.554.64.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.780.610.950.56Safer
Shoplifting6664.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.481.00.610.78Getting worse
Vehicle Crime69109Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18212324Getting worse

Changes In Potters Bar's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Potters Bar's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Oakmere Park6-1-321.8

Comparing Potters Bar to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Potters Bar65.47-
Barnet67.713.3% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Potters Bar's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Potters Bar Furzefield37155Second
Potters Bar Oakmere56574First

Crime in Potters Bar During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Potters Bar change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Potters Bar saw a 350% increase in shoplifting. Potters Bar saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 79% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+48%+70%+3%+26%+29%+179%+67%-32%-24%
Bicycle Theft-25%---50%+100%---67%+50%-
Burglary+220%-79%-73%-29%-60%-9%+140%-50%-14%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+22%-64%+56%-50%+75%-47%+60%+33%+40%
Drugs+167%-+33%+25%+200%--57%+40%+67%-57%
Other Crime---67%--50%---+50%-
Other Theft+30%-77%---+144%-31%-64%+143%-40%
Possession of Weapons----50%-67%-50%----
Public Order-20%-+17%-38%-56%+30%+73%--53%+233%
Robbery---25%-------
Shoplifting-58%-60%-56%+9%-31%+29%+200%-60%+54%+350%
Theft From the Person--------50%--67%
Vehicle Crime+5%-44%-50%-48%+5%+13%-20%-10%+32%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences+26%+9%+18%-10%-10%+49%-29%-18%-8%-12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Potters Bar

What police force serves Potters Bar?
Potters Bar's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Potters Bar?
Potters Bar is the second most dangerous small town in Hertfordshire.
What is Potters Bar's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Potters Bar are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Potters Bar?
Potters Bar's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021