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Crime and Safety in Ware

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Ware is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 53rd most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ware in 2021 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ware is the 322nd safest small town, and the 3,416th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Ware was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 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 4 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ware are violence and sexual offences, with 429 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 8% lower than 2020's figure of 464 offences and a difference of 1.74 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Ware's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 150% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Ware 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Hertfordshire

45% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

57% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ware is 45% lower than the East of England and 57% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ware Crime Rate Over Time

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Ware Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ware 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 Ware

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202149978
2020501,014
2019641,277
2018591,189
2017531,057
2016501,008

Crime in Ware Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ware This Year

 WareHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33016.4224,48520.58 25% safer
Bicycle Theft110.551,3311.12 104% safer
Burglary472.343,1172.62 12% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson964.786,8565.76 21% safer
Drugs311.542,4482.06 34% safer
Other Crime221.091,3971.17 7% safer
Other Theft683.386,8025.72 69% safer
Possession of Weapons40.206130.52 160% safer
Public Order733.635,2454.41 21% safer
Robbery100.505250.44 12% more dangerous
Shoplifting763.785,7434.83 28% safer
Theft From the Person80.409070.76 90% safer
Vehicle Crime1035.136,6705.61 9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42921.3527,36823.01 8% safer

Ware Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tring48939.1224% safer
Royston71942.1915% safer
North Mymms39442.2715% safer
Baldock48145.278% safer
Welwyn41645.886% safer
Ware97848.68-
Aldenham47249.140.94% more dangerous
Abbots Langley1,19754.9311% more dangerous
Watford Rural1,30959.0418% more dangerous
St Stephen93064.9425% more dangerous
Potters Bar1,50765.2925% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ware

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Recent Crimes in Ware

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chauncy CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wickhams WharfUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Watton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Baldock StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Popis GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crib StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Raynsford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lower Bourne GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queens RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wickhams WharfUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King George RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near BroadmeadsOffender given a caution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Page HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Amwell EndUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Berkeley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near The GrottoUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Fanhams RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Collett RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ware Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18201916 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.30.600.55 Safer
Burglary63.12.32.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson664.84.8 Safer
Drugs1.82.01.41.5 Safer
Other Crime1.31.20.501.1 Safer
Other Theft552.83.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.30.950.500.20 Safer
Public Order4.0553.6 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.301.00.550.50 Safer
Shoplifting693.93.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.550.200.40 Safer
Vehicle Crime774.55 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212321 Getting 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 2021.

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
Ware48.68-
Barnet67.0827% more dangerous
Croydon82.4841% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0546% more dangerous
Bristol90.5246% more dangerous
Coventry102.2452% more dangerous
Leicester111.5956% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0660% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6462% more dangerous
Bradford132.2863% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% more dangerous

Crime in Ware's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ware East62554First
Ware West35341Second

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 town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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