Stevenage Crime Overview

Stevenage is the most dangerous major town in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stevenage in 2020 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stevenage is the 54th safest major town, and the 943rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Stevenage had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Stevenage residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 72 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Stevenage recorded 18 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Stevenage are violence and sexual offences, with 3,176 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 1.1% lower than 2019's figure of 3,212 offences and a difference of 0.38 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Stevenage's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 60 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 77% from 2019's figure of 106 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Stevenage This Year

 StevenageHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,95631.4226,05921.9130% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2342.491,5061.2749% more dangerous
Burglary3143.344,0233.381.2% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7698.177,2416.0925% more dangerous
Drugs2953.142,6242.2130% more dangerous
Other Crime1581.681,4721.2426% more dangerous
Other Theft6316.716,8065.7215% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons600.645680.4825% more dangerous
Public Order7758.245,5574.6743% more dangerous
Robbery700.747120.6019% more dangerous
Shoplifting6887.316,3585.3527% more dangerous
Theft From the Person750.808180.6914% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4264.536,7305.6625% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,17633.7626,80322.5333% more dangerous

Crime in Stevenage Compared To Hertfordshire

Stevenage Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St Albans4,56051.9757% safer
Watford8,93863.2529% safer
Hemel Hempstead6,78565.9624% safer
Stevenage7,67181.54-

Stevenage Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35262631Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.82.72.12.5Getting worse
Burglary4.43.83.73.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson121198Safer
Drugs3.73.54.03.1Safer
Other Crime1.71.51.71.7Getting worse
Other Theft8787Safer
Possession of Weapons4.52.51.10.64Safer
Public Order8988Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.730.790.750.74Safer
Shoplifting1213127Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.11.30.80Safer
Vehicle Crime5754.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27323434Getting worse

Changes In Stevenage's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Stevenage to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7120% safer
Coventry77.415% safer
Stevenage81.54-
Croydon83.222.0% more dangerous
Sheffield85.815.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.215% more dangerous
Leicester97.4416% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2824% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% 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 Symonds Green.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bedwell1,775223First
Chells North1682711th
Chells South44966Eighth
Martins Wood42467Seventh
Pin Green894102Third
Poplars29544Tenth
Roebuck978141Second
Shephall47374Sixth
St Nicholas60479Fifth
Symonds Green29649Ninth
Woodfield & Old Town1,241101Fourth

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 BehaviourChells South (133)Bedwell (592)
Bicycle TheftChells North (1)Bedwell (87)
BurglaryPoplars (6)Bedwell (93)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChells North (28)Bedwell (147)
DrugsChells North (6)Bedwell (94)
Other CrimeChells North (3)Bedwell (38)
Other TheftChells North (10)Roebuck (140)
Possession of WeaponsChells South (1)Bedwell (24)
Public OrderChells North (16)Bedwell (228)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Poplars (1)Bedwell (24)
ShopliftingSymonds Green (7)Roebuck (223)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chells South (1)Bedwell (40)
Vehicle CrimeSymonds Green (14)Roebuck (65)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChells North (76)Bedwell (618)

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 400% 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+0%+42%+32%+16%+42%+5%+10%+35%+36%+19%
Bicycle Theft+400%+21%-62%-33%+32%+40%+33%+26%+35%-17%
Burglary+156%+11%-22%-23%+7%-34%-52%-19%-24%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-29%-44%-17%+11%+20%-3%-16%-18%-6%
Drugs-44%-10%-13%-31%-51%+16%-4%+27%-30%+7%
Other Crime-41%+100%-6%-8%-25%-40%+125%+14%-36%-11%
Other Theft-23%-49%-51%-2%-36%-20%-26%-20%+5%-
Possession of Weapons-60%-56%-60%-83%-38%-11%+50%-40%-33%-50%
Public Order--3%-6%+1%+30%+18%-13%-10%+31%-8%
Robbery---33%-64%+100%+17%-50%-33%-50%+100%
Shoplifting-41%-33%-54%-52%-21%-67%-19%+40%-53%-64%
Theft From the Person-29%-80%-50%-88%-77%+50%-20%-83%-50%-54%
Vehicle Crime-21%-16%-24%-6%-22%+10%-6%-31%+14%-52%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-6%-1%-19%-8%-3%+10%+12%-9%0%

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021