Sawbridgeworth Crime Overview

Sawbridgeworth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 70th safest overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sawbridgeworth in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 49% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sawbridgeworth is the 250th safest small town, and the 4,373rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Sawbridgeworth was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2019 was also a bad month for Sawbridgeworth residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Sawbridgeworth recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during September 2018, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sawbridgeworth are violence and sexual offences, with 151 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 2.0% higher than 2019's figure of 148 offences and a difference of 0.33 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Sawbridgeworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Sawbridgeworth Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sawbridgeworth This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12814.1126,05921.9155% safer
Bicycle Theft70.771,5061.2765% safer
Burglary343.754,0233.3810% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson384.197,2416.0945% safer
Drugs90.992,6242.21123% safer
Other Crime141.541,4721.2419% more dangerous
Other Theft353.866,8065.7248% safer
Possession of Weapons10.115680.48336% safer
Public Order303.315,5574.6741% safer
Robbery30.337120.6082% safer
Shoplifting90.996,3585.35440% safer
Vehicle Crime333.646,7305.6655% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15116.6526,80322.5335% safer

Sawbridgeworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
London Colney32833.7219% safer
Chorleywood40935.2014% safer
Abbots Langley77235.4313% safer
Berkhamsted73438.643.9% safer
Tring48538.803.4% safer
Royston68940.430.74% more dangerous
North Mymms38441.202.6% more dangerous
Welwyn37641.463.2% more dangerous
Ware1,01450.4720% more dangerous
Baldock54351.1121% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sawbridgeworth

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Sawbridgeworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour16101314Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.220.440.770.77Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson64.584.2Safer
Other Crime1.31.40.771.5Getting worse
Other Theft4.063.93.9Safer
Possession of Weapons2.10.550.220.11Safer
Public Order2.
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.110.110.33Getting worse
Vehicle Crime6963.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11181617Getting worse

Changes In Sawbridgeworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sawbridgeworth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
West Road Play Area--1--15

Comparing Sawbridgeworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7141% more dangerous
Coventry77.4148% more dangerous
Croydon83.2252% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8153% more dangerous
Bristol86.2153% more dangerous
Leicester97.4459% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8761% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Sawbridgeworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

Crime in Sawbridgeworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+30%-7%+133%+63%-17%+33%-50%+78%+33%
Bicycle Theft-----67%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson-78%--70%-25%-33%-40%-17%-57%-71%-
Other Crime+300%--------50%-
Other Theft-57%-67%-+100%-20%-33%+100%+400%+100%-
Public Order-60%---75%+67%-50%+67%---80%
Vehicle Crime-63%-71%-50%-57%-57%-75%-57%+300%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%-50%-53%+33%-33%+360%+214%-23%-57%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sawbridgeworth

What police force serves Sawbridgeworth?
Sawbridgeworth's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Sawbridgeworth?
Sawbridgeworth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Sawbridgeworth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sawbridgeworth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sawbridgeworth?
Sawbridgeworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021