Sawbridgeworth is among the top 5 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 63rd safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sawbridgeworth in 2021 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 58% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sawbridgeworth is the 156th safest small town, and the 5,310th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In August 2021, Sawbridgeworth was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for robbery, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Sawbridgeworth residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Sawbridgeworth recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during July 2019, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Hertfordshire that month.
The most common crimes in Sawbridgeworth are violence and sexual offences, with 181 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 151 offences and a difference of 3.30 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Sawbridgeworth's least common crime is shoplifting, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 350% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.
Top 5 Safest
Small Towns, Hertfordshire
92% lower, regional crime rate
East of England
108% lower, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Sawbridgeworth is 92% lower than the East of England and 108% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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|England, Wales & NI|
Incidents mapped in Sawbridgeworth 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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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||178||19.62||24,485||20.58||4.9% safer|
|Bicycle Theft||3||0.33||1,331||1.12||239% safer|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||31||3.42||6,856||5.76||68% safer|
|Other Crime||3||0.33||1,397||1.17||255% safer|
|Other Theft||19||2.09||6,802||5.72||174% safer|
|Public Order||24||2.65||5,245||4.41||66% safer|
|Robbery||5||0.55||525||0.44||20% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||44||4.85||6,670||5.61||16% safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||181||19.95||27,368||23.01||15% safer|
|Small Town||Total Crimes||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Croxley Green||23||1.69||2072% safer|
|London Colney||24||2.47||1386% safer|
|Chorleywood||428||36.84||0.35% more dangerous|
|Tring||489||39.12||6% more dangerous|
|Royston||719||42.19||13% more dangerous|
|North Mymms||394||42.27||13% more dangerous|
|Baldock||481||45.27||19% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Walnut Tree Crescent||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Hoestock Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near West Road||Offender given a caution|
|April 2022||Drugs||On or near Petrol Station||Offender given a caution|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Rowney Gardens||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Pishiobury Drive||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Duckling Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Bell Mead||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Park/Open Space||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Walnut Tree Crescent||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Willow Mead||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Beech Drive||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Parking Area||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near West Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Petrol Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Chalks Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Greenstead||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Vantorts Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near East Drive||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||10||13||14||20||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||4.5||8||4.2||3.4||Safer|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.11||0.11||0.33||0.55||Getting worse|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||18||16||17||20||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Sawbridgeworth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|West Road Play Area||-||-||1||-||-||1||5|
|Small Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Barnet||67.08||45% more dangerous|
|Croydon||82.48||55% more dangerous|
|Sheffield||90.05||59% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||59% more dangerous|
|Coventry||102.24||64% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||67% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||70% more dangerous|
|Birmingham||129.64||72% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||72% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||76% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sawbridgeworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Sawbridgeworth saw a 400% increase in other theft. Sawbridgeworth saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 90% compared to November in 2019.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-78%||-||-70%||-25%||-33%||-40%||-17%||-57%||-71%||-|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+17%||-50%||-53%||+33%||-33%||+360%||+214%||-23%||-57%||-14%|