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Crime and Safety in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire

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Potters Bar is the second most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Potters Bar in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Potters Bar is the 293rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,829th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Potters Bar was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Potters Bar residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents. Potters Bar recorded 8 reports of drugs during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst small town for drugs in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Potters Bar are violence and sexual offences, with 544 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 0.55% higher than 2020's figure of 541 offences and a difference of 0.13 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Potters Bar's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 214% from 2020's figure of 22 crimes.

Potters Bar 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Hertfordshire

8% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

17% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Potters Bar is 8% lower than the East of England and 17% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Potters Bar Crime Rate Over Time

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Potters Bar Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Potters Bar 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 Potters Bar

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021651,507
2020651,489
2019701,609
2018711,646
2017651,504
2016551,272

Crime in Potters Bar Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Potters Bar This Year

 Potters BarHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38316.5924,48520.58 24% safer
Bicycle Theft70.301,3311.12 273% safer
Burglary883.813,1172.62 31% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1335.766,8565.760% safer
Drugs522.252,4482.06 8% more dangerous
Other Crime251.081,3971.17 8% safer
Other Theft1687.286,8025.72 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons180.786130.52 33% more dangerous
Public Order903.905,2454.41 13% safer
Robbery140.615250.44 28% more dangerous
Shoplifting1888.155,7434.83 41% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.529070.76 46% safer
Vehicle Crime1687.286,6705.61 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences54423.5727,36823.01 2.4% more dangerous

Potters Bar Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ware97848.6834% safer
Aldenham47249.1433% safer
Abbots Langley1,19754.9319% safer
Watford Rural1,30959.0411% safer
St Stephen93064.940.54% safer
Potters Bar1,50765.29-
Waltham Cross1,188108.8940% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Potters Bar

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Recent Crimes in Potters Bar

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Darkes LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heather WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fairacres CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mutton LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Holly DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mount Grace RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hill CrestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ritz CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The BriersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Billy Lows LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stamford CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oakmere LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hill CrestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Anthorne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Billy Lows LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Potters Bar Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15151617 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.40.870.950.30 Safer
Burglary764.43.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8566 Safer
Drugs1.92.02.12.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.950.951.1 Safer
Other Theft8877 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.30.740.520.78 Safer
Public Order54.64.43.9 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.950.520.61 Safer
Shoplifting664.88 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.610.780.52 Safer
Vehicle Crime91097 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21232324 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Oakmere Park6-1-321.8

Comparing Potters Bar to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Potters Bar65.29-
Barnet67.082.7% more dangerous
Croydon82.4821% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0527% more dangerous
Bristol90.5228% more dangerous
Coventry102.2436% more dangerous
Leicester111.5941% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6450% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Potters Bar's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Potters Bar Furzefield35052Second
Potters Bar Oakmere57075First

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-+43%+70%+3%+27%+29%+179%+67%-30%-24%
Bicycle Theft-25%---50%+100%---67%+50%-
Burglary+220%-79%-73%-29%-60%-9%+140%-46%-14%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+11%-62%+44%-50%+50%-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%+129%-40%
Possession of Weapons----50%-67%-50%----
Public Order-40%-+17%-50%-63%+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%-56%-48%+5%+13%-26%-10%+25%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%+9%+18%-8%-12%+49%-29%-18%-10%-10%

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 crime is bicycle theft.

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