St Stephen Crime Overview

St Stephen is the third most dangerous small town in Hertfordshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St Stephen in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.7% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St Stephen is the 295th most dangerous small town, and the 1,969th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, St Stephen was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.63 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for St Stephen residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. St Stephen recorded 10 reports of other theft during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.70 the worst small town for other theft in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in St Stephen are violence and sexual offences, with 351 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 308 offences and a difference of 3.00 from 2019's crime rate of 22. St Stephen's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in St Stephen Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in St Stephen This Year

 St StephenHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18212.7126,05921.9172% safer
Bicycle Theft40.281,5061.27354% safer
Burglary755.244,0233.3835% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson694.827,2416.0926% safer
Drugs231.612,6242.2137% safer
Other Crime140.981,4721.2427% safer
Other Theft1158.036,8065.7229% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.075680.48586% safer
Public Order533.705,5574.6726% safer
Robbery30.217120.60186% safer
Shoplifting684.756,3585.3513% safer
Theft From the Person50.358180.6997% safer
Vehicle Crime1006.986,7305.6619% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences35124.5126,80322.538% more dangerous

St Stephen Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North Mymms38441.2049% safer
Welwyn37641.4648% safer
Ware1,01450.4722% safer
Baldock54351.1120% safer
Aldenham51353.4115% safer
St Stephen88161.52-
Potters Bar1,51165.476% more dangerous
Waltham Cross1,260115.4947% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St Stephen

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St Stephen Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24121113Safer
Bicycle Theft0.350.420.350.28Safer
Burglary7865Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8774.8Safer
Drugs2.02.11.71.6Safer
Other Crime1.50.981.00.98Safer
Other Theft71178Safer
Possession of Weapons1.80.560.280.07Safer
Public Order3.83.82.23.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.630.280.21Safer
Shoplifting3.12.94.34.8Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.070.420.350.35Getting worse
Vehicle Crime8777Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22222225Getting worse

Changes In St Stephen's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in St Stephen's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hanstead Park--1-100.17

Comparing St Stephen to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
St Stephen61.52-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in St Stephen's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bricket Wood & Chiswell Green39550Second
How Wood & Park Street55286First

Crime in St Stephen During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in St Stephen change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when St Stephen saw a 500% increase in public order. St Stephen saw a large fall in shoplifting during March, when it fell by 75% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+63%+114%+100%+9%+36%--74%+60%+133%+20%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-44%-60%--44%-22%+100%+40%-+50%+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%--50%-27%+167%-56%-60%--42%-60%
Drugs--+100%-50%-33%--+200%+300%-67%
Other Crime---+300%---33%---
Other Theft+180%-33%+100%-50%-33%+67%+450%-36%+67%-9%
Public Order-+500%+17%+100%-33%+500%+33%-+133%+150%
Shoplifting-75%-+100%+20%+150%-67%+14%+400%+300%+33%
Theft From the Person---------+100%
Vehicle Crime+150%-+20%+150%-67%-50%-31%+140%+500%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%+44%-3%-30%+21%+37%+16%-+11%+75%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in St Stephen

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021