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Crime and Safety in Stevenage

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Stevenage is the most dangerous major town in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stevenage in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stevenage is the 46th safest major town, and the 1,071st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Stevenage had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 79 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.84 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Stevenage residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Stevenage recorded 8 reports of possession of weapons during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for possession of weapons in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Stevenage are violence and sexual offences, with 3,200 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 2.8% higher than 2020's figure of 3,111 offences and a difference of 0.94 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Stevenage's least common crime is robbery, with 51 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 37% from 2020's figure of 70 crimes.

Stevenage 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Hertfordshire

13% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

5% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Stevenage is 13% higher than the East of England and 5% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Stevenage Crime Rate Over Time

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Stevenage Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Stevenage 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 Stevenage

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021817,608
2020807,564
2019908,420
2018948,823
2017898,339
2016807,485

Crime in Stevenage Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Stevenage This Year

 StevenageHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,57127.3324,48520.58 25% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft820.871,3311.12 29% safer
Burglary2412.563,1172.62 2.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7648.126,8565.76 29% more dangerous
Drugs2923.102,4482.06 34% more dangerous
Other Crime1531.631,3971.17 28% more dangerous
Other Theft5806.166,8025.72 7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons780.836130.52 37% more dangerous
Public Order7087.535,2454.41 41% more dangerous
Robbery510.545250.44 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting6556.965,7434.83 31% more dangerous
Theft From the Person770.829070.76 7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7277.736,6705.61 27% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,20034.0127,36823.01 32% more dangerous

Stevenage Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Watford7,98156.4843% safer
St Albans5,16158.8237% safer
Hemel Hempstead6,15259.8035% safer
Stevenage7,60880.87-

Crime Over Time in Stevenage

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Recent Crimes in Stevenage

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hitchin RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stanmore RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Herne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Kings WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ParkwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jessop RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Burwell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Walden EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Guildford CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tees CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pirton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ely CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Drapers WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Martins WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mundesley CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Miller WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Shackleton SpringUnable to prosecute suspect

Stevenage Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26263027 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.72.12.50.87 Safer
Burglary3.73.63.32.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11988 Safer
Drugs3.54.03.13.1 Safer
Other Crime1.51.71.71.6No change
Other Theft7876 Safer
Possession of Weapons2.41.10.640.83 Safer
Public Order9888 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.790.750.740.54 Safer
Shoplifting131277 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.30.800.82 Safer
Vehicle Crime654.48 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences32333334 Getting worse

Changes In Stevenage's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stevenage's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Stevenage that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bury Mead--1-424.0
Camps Hill Open Space9---1012
Canterbury Park9---201.9
Fairlands Valley Park2554-640.73
Hampson Park2052218125
King George V Playing Fields73-2342.4
Shephalbury Park73--621.4
St Nicholas Park1323-522.0
Stevenage Cricket Club-722419

Comparing Stevenage to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0821% safer
Stevenage80.87-
Croydon82.482.0% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5211% more dangerous
Coventry102.2421% more dangerous
Leicester111.5928% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6438% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Stevenage's Neighbourhoods

Bedwell is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Stevenage, followed by Roebuck in second place, and Pin Green as the third most dangerous area. Stevenage's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Chells North, Poplars, and Shephall.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bedwell1,776223First
Chells North1833011th
Chells South48571Fifth
Martins Wood42267Seventh
Pin Green895102Third
Poplars39259Tenth
Roebuck942136Second
Shephall42166Ninth
St Nicholas53670Sixth
Symonds Green40066Eighth
Woodfield & Old Town1,18797Fourth

Stevenage Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Stevenage for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSymonds Green (119)Bedwell (595)
Bicycle TheftSymonds Green (1)Bedwell (37)
BurglaryChells North (9)Bedwell (50)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChells North (27)Bedwell (172)
DrugsChells North (4)Bedwell (91)
Other CrimeMartins Wood (3)Bedwell (29)
Other TheftChells North (9)Roebuck (134)
Possession of WeaponsChells North (1)Bedwell (24)
Public OrderChells North (12)Bedwell (233)
Robbery (inc. mugging)St Nicholas (1)Bedwell (19)
ShopliftingSymonds Green (11)Roebuck (212)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)St Nicholas (1)Bedwell (43)
Vehicle CrimePoplars (30)Bedwell (112)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChells North (84)Bedwell (664)

Crime in Stevenage During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stevenage change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Stevenage saw a 375% increase in bicycle theft. Stevenage saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019. Stevenage saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including possession of weapons, shoplifting, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+40%+31%+9%+39%+3%+10%+34%+37%+19%
Bicycle Theft+375%+21%-62%-33%+32%+40%+29%+26%+35%-17%
Burglary+163%+11%-22%-23%+7%-32%-50%-15%-19%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-31%-28%-43%-19%+9%+22%-4%-12%-18%-5%
Drugs-44%-10%-13%-31%-51%+12%-4%+27%-30%+7%
Other Crime-47%+100%--8%-25%-40%+125%+14%-36%-11%
Other Theft-25%-53%-51%--36%-20%-26%-20%+5%+2%
Possession of Weapons-60%-56%-60%-83%-38%-11%+50%-40%-33%-50%
Public Order--2%-2%-+30%+18%-15%-7%+33%-8%
Robbery---33%-64%+100%+17%-50%-33%-50%+100%
Shoplifting-41%-34%-54%-50%-19%-67%-22%+40%-53%-63%
Theft From the Person-29%-80%-50%-88%-77%+50%-20%-83%-50%-54%
Vehicle Crime-28%-16%-27%--25%+10%-6%-31%+14%-53%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-6%+1%-21%-8%-2%+10%+12%-9%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stevenage

What police force serves Stevenage?
Stevenage's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Stevenage?
Stevenage is the most dangerous major town in Hertfordshire.

What is Stevenage's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Stevenage are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Stevenage?
Stevenage's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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