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Crime and Safety in Sawbridgeworth

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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.

Sawbridgeworth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Hertfordshire

92% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

108% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Sawbridgeworth Crime Rate Over Time

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Sawbridgeworth Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Sawbridgeworth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202137333
202040364
201950458
201852475
201742382
201638348

Crime in Sawbridgeworth Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sawbridgeworth This Year

 SawbridgeworthHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17819.6224,48520.58 4.9% safer
Bicycle Theft30.331,3311.12 239% safer
Burglary111.213,1172.62 117% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson313.426,8565.76 68% safer
Drugs101.102,4482.06 87% safer
Other Crime30.331,3971.17 255% safer
Other Theft192.096,8025.72 174% safer
Public Order242.655,2454.41 66% safer
Robbery50.555250.44 20% more dangerous
Shoplifting20.225,7434.83 2095% safer
Vehicle Crime444.856,6705.61 16% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18119.9527,36823.01 15% safer

Sawbridgeworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Croxley Green231.692072% safer
Sandridge272.301496% safer
London Colney242.471386% safer
Berkhamsted67335.433.6% safer
Sawbridgeworth33336.71-
Chorleywood42836.840.35% more dangerous
Tring48939.126% more dangerous
Royston71942.1913% more dangerous
North Mymms39442.2713% more dangerous
Baldock48145.2719% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sawbridgeworth

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Recent Crimes in Sawbridgeworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walnut Tree CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hoestock RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Petrol StationOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rowney GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pishiobury DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Duckling LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bell MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Walnut Tree CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Willow MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Beech DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chalks AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near GreensteadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Vantorts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near East DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Sawbridgeworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10131420 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.770.770.33 Safer
Burglary563.81.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.584.23.4 Safer
Drugs1.40.880.991.1No change
Other Crime1.40.771.50.33 Safer
Other Theft63.93.92.1 Safer
Public Order4.24.03.32.6 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.110.110.330.55 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.62.90.990.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime963.64.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18161720 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bullfields1----00.56
West Road Play Area--1--15

Comparing Sawbridgeworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sawbridgeworth36.71-
Barnet67.0845% more dangerous
Croydon82.4855% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0559% more dangerous
Bristol90.5259% more dangerous
Coventry102.2464% more dangerous
Leicester111.5967% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0670% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6472% more dangerous
Bradford132.2872% more dangerous
Leeds150.9476% more dangerous

Crime in Sawbridgeworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sawbridgeworth33337First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+30%-7%+133%+63%-17%+33%-50%+78%+33%
Bicycle Theft-----67%-----
Burglary-14%--40%--71%--60%-67%-90%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-78%--70%-25%-33%-40%-17%-57%-71%-
Drugs---50%----33%---
Other Crime+300%--------50%-
Other Theft-57%-67%-+100%-20%-33%+100%+400%+100%-
Public Order-60%---75%+67%-50%+67%---80%
Shoplifting----75%-33%-----
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 5 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 crime is shoplifting.

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