Ware Crime Overview

Ware is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ware in 2020 was 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ware is the 403rd safest small town, and the 2,996th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Ware was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.45 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Ware residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Ware recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ware are violence and sexual offences, with 464 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 416 offences and a difference of 2.39 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Ware's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 175% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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

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Crime in Ware Compared To Hertfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Ware This Year

 WareHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38419.1126,05921.9115% safer
Bicycle Theft120.601,5061.27112% safer
Burglary472.344,0233.3844% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson974.837,2416.0926% safer
Drugs281.392,6242.2159% safer
Other Crime100.501,4721.24148% safer
Other Theft572.846,8065.72101% safer
Possession of Weapons100.505680.484.0% more dangerous
Public Order1045.185,5574.6710% more dangerous
Robbery110.557120.609% safer
Shoplifting793.936,3585.3536% safer
Theft From the Person40.208180.69245% safer
Vehicle Crime914.536,7305.6625% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46423.0926,80322.532.4% more dangerous

Ware Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tring48538.8030% safer
Sawbridgeworth36440.1326% safer
Royston68940.4325% safer
North Mymms38441.2022% safer
Welwyn37641.4622% safer
Ware1,01450.47-
Baldock54351.111.3% more dangerous
Aldenham51353.416% more dangerous
St Stephen88161.5218% more dangerous
Potters Bar1,51165.4723% more dangerous
Waltham Cross1,260115.4956% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ware

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Ware Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21182019Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.21.30.60Safer
Burglary4.863.12.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6664.8Safer
Drugs1.11.82.01.4Safer
Other Crime1.01.31.20.50Safer
Other Theft4.8552.8Safer
Possession of Weapons2.21.30.950.50Safer
Public Order3.74.055Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.301.00.55Safer
Shoplifting6693.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.650.550.20Safer
Vehicle Crime5774.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14182123Getting worse

Changes In Ware's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ware's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Buryfield Recreation Ground1---112.7
Presdales Recreation Ground7-1--01.2

Comparing Ware to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ware50.47-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4135% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8751% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2853% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Ware's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ware East68059First
Ware West33439Second

Crime in Ware During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+3%+50%-24%+14%+66%+31%-73%-13%+26%
Bicycle Theft--75%+50%-75%+100%-50%----
Burglary+20%-43%-20%+50%-50%-20%+50%-38%-25%+17%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-60%-17%-+14%-56%-58%-31%+86%+29%
Drugs+100%-33%--80%-25%-+25%+67%-60%-
Other Crime+50%---67%-67%---67%--
Other Theft-13%-29%-71%-45%-60%-89%-43%+25%--50%
Possession of Weapons---50%-------
Public Order+33%-69%-13%+71%-40%-55%+200%-42%+400%+13%
Robbery-50%-----67%----
Shoplifting-18%-83%-93%-65%-41%-68%-73%-13%+40%-75%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-63%-75%-40%--79%-82%+167%-8%-40%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+41%-14%-12%+24%-20%+43%+6%+59%+22%+55%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ware

What police force serves Ware?
Ware's local territorial police force is the Hertfordshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Ware?
Ware is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire.
What is Ware's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ware are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ware?
Ware's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021