Waltham Cross Crime Overview

Waltham Cross is the most dangerous small town in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Waltham Cross in 2020 was 115 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 48% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Waltham Cross is the 31st most dangerous small town, and the 311st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2017, Waltham Cross had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for robbery, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Waltham Cross are violence and sexual offences, with 489 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 438 offences and a difference of 4.67 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Waltham Cross's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 27 crimes.

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See how Waltham Cross shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Waltham Cross and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Waltham Cross Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Waltham Cross This Year

 Waltham CrossHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour40737.3126,05921.9141% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft171.561,5061.2719% more dangerous
Burglary696.324,0233.3847% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1039.447,2416.0935% more dangerous
Drugs544.952,6242.2155% more dangerous
Other Crime282.571,4721.2452% more dangerous
Other Theft988.986,8065.7236% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.825680.4841% more dangerous
Public Order11210.275,5574.6755% more dangerous
Robbery302.757120.6078% more dangerous
Shoplifting938.526,3585.3537% more dangerous
Theft From the Person393.578180.6981% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime11910.916,7305.6648% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences48944.8226,80322.5350% more dangerous

Waltham Cross Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ware1,01450.47129% safer
Baldock54351.11126% safer
Aldenham51353.41116% safer
St Stephen88161.5288% safer
Potters Bar1,51165.4776% safer
Waltham Cross1,260115.49-

Crime Over Time in Waltham Cross

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Waltham Cross Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42333737Safer
Bicycle Theft4.42.33.21.6Safer
Burglary7686Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson109119Safer
Drugs77105.0Safer
Other Crime3.72.83.32.6Safer
Other Theft911129Safer
Possession of Weapons4.32.52.50.82Safer
Public Order891010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.62.23.12.8Safer
Shoplifting1917159Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)4.4673.6Safer
Vehicle Crime14161411Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33334045Getting worse

Changes In Waltham Cross's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Waltham Cross's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
River Close Open Space--1-7312
Waltham Cross Playing Fields1111334.4

Comparing Waltham Cross to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7171% safer
Coventry77.4149% safer
Croydon83.2239% safer
Sheffield85.8135% safer
Bristol86.2134% safer
Leicester97.4419% safer
Birmingham102.8712% safer
Liverpool107.288% safer
Waltham Cross115.49-
Bradford133.0213% more dangerous
Leeds137.1016% more dangerous

Crime in Waltham Cross's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Waltham Cross Town1,115137First

Crime in Waltham Cross During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Waltham Cross change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Waltham Cross saw a 400% increase in bicycle theft. Waltham Cross saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 93% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Waltham Cross's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%-10%+100%+75%+18%-+25%+8%-31%-34%
Bicycle Theft--80%--33%-67%-75%+400%-25%--
Burglary-71%+150%--88%-73%+100%+167%-43%-20%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+75%+11%+13%+14%-69%-22%+20%-46%+13%-11%
Drugs-69%-74%-13%-53%+50%-50%-86%--63%-
Other Crime-50%+50%-20%+50%+50%-40%--50%-75%-
Other Theft-56%-50%-38%+13%-11%-67%-7%+20%-67%-9%
Possession of Weapons--80%--50%-67%+100%----
Public Order-36%-27%+11%-38%-43%+67%+333%+75%-50%+150%
Robbery-75%---67%-50%+300%-+100%+33%+300%
Shoplifting-73%-93%-20%-53%-61%-36%+100%-45%-13%-25%
Theft From the Person-46%--50%-+100%-33%-57%-67%-67%+100%
Vehicle Crime-20%-56%-9%-54%-31%+44%+36%-5%-21%-81%
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%+33%-18%+10%-20%-25%+11%-19%+41%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Waltham Cross

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021