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Crime and Safety in Welwyn

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Welwyn is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 58th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Welwyn in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Welwyn is the 280th safest small town, and the 3,796th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Welwyn was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Welwyn residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.88 per 1,000 residents. Welwyn recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for theft from the person in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Welwyn are violence and sexual offences, with 147 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 125 offences and a difference of 2.43 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Welwyn's least common crime is drugs, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 167% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Welwyn 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Hertfordshire

54% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

67% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Welwyn is 54% lower than the East of England and 67% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Welwyn Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Welwyn 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 Welwyn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202146416
202042381
201943393
201835318
201743386
201640360

Crime in Welwyn Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Welwyn This Year

 WelwynHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour717.8324,48520.58 163% safer
Bicycle Theft50.551,3311.12 104% safer
Burglary323.533,1172.62 26% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson394.306,8565.76 34% safer
Drugs30.332,4482.06 524% safer
Other Crime90.991,3971.17 18% safer
Other Theft687.506,8025.72 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.336130.52 58% safer
Public Order212.325,2454.41 90% safer
Robbery40.445250.440% safer
Shoplifting374.085,7434.83 18% safer
Theft From the Person30.339070.76 130% safer
Vehicle Crime454.966,6705.61 13% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14716.2127,36823.01 42% safer

Welwyn Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chorleywood42836.8425% safer
Tring48939.1217% safer
Royston71942.199% safer
North Mymms39442.279% safer
Baldock48145.271.3% safer
Welwyn41645.88-
Ware97848.686% more dangerous
Aldenham47249.147% more dangerous
Abbots Langley1,19754.9316% more dangerous
Watford Rural1,30959.0422% more dangerous
St Stephen93064.9429% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Welwyn

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Recent Crimes in Welwyn

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near North RideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wilga RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wilga RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robbery Bottom LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Great North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bowmans CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maran AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodside RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Great North RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Wendover DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Roundwood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Welwyn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour910118 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.441.40.330.55 Safer
Burglary3.23.23.53.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.174.44.3 Safer
Drugs0.220.550.880.33 Safer
Other Crime1.10.550.220.99 Getting worse
Other Theft7788 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.330.110.33 Safer
Public Order3.22.42.22.3 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.220.220.44 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.63.354.1 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.330.330.33 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime54.62.45.0 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences9131416 Getting worse

Changes In Welwyn's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Welwyn's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Welwyn Playing Fields----151.7

Comparing Welwyn to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Welwyn45.88-
Barnet67.0832% more dangerous
Croydon82.4844% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0549% more dangerous
Bristol90.5249% more dangerous
Coventry102.2455% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Welwyn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Woolmer Green, Oaklands & Digswell20933First

Crime in Welwyn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Welwyn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Welwyn saw a 700% increase in other theft. Welwyn saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%+10%+75%-6%+57%+180%+140%-57%-25%-80%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-----
Burglary----86%--+500%-25%+300%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson--50%+33%+33%-40%+40%-75%+100%-73%-33%
Drugs----+200%-----
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+86%+300%+167%+50%+700%+200%-67%-75%-25%-43%
Public Order-50%-67%---80%+100%----
Shoplifting---78%-83%--71%+300%+50%--
Vehicle Crime+100%-33%----50%---75%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-50%-8%-7%-10%+58%+117%-25%+100%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Welwyn

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

How dangerous is Welwyn?
Welwyn is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Hertfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Welwyn?
Welwyn's least common crime is drugs.

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