Welwyn Crime Overview

Welwyn is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hertfordshire, and is the 65th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Welwyn in 2020 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Welwyn is the 271st safest small town, and the 4,160th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Welwyn was the worst small town in Hertfordshire for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 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 123 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 113 offences and a difference of 1.10 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Welwyn's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Welwyn This Year

 WelwynHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10111.1426,05921.9197% safer
Bicycle Theft30.331,5061.27285% safer
Burglary293.204,0233.386% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson404.417,2416.0938% safer
Drugs80.882,6242.21151% safer
Other Crime20.221,4721.24464% safer
Other Theft768.386,8065.7232% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.115680.48336% safer
Public Order202.215,5574.67111% safer
Robbery20.227120.60173% safer
Shoplifting475.186,3585.353.3% safer
Theft From the Person30.338180.69109% safer
Vehicle Crime222.436,7305.66133% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12313.5626,80322.5366% safer

Crime in Welwyn Compared To Hertfordshire

Welwyn Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Berkhamsted73438.647% safer
Tring48538.807% safer
Sawbridgeworth36440.133.3% safer
Royston68940.432.5% safer
North Mymms38441.200.63% safer
Welwyn37641.46-
Ware1,01450.4718% more dangerous
Baldock54351.1119% more dangerous
Aldenham51353.4122% more dangerous
St Stephen88161.5233% more dangerous
Potters Bar1,51165.4737% more dangerous

Welwyn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1491011Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.220.441.40.33Safer
Burglary4.23.12.83.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.54.164.4Safer
Drugs0.550.110.550.88Getting worse
Other Crime0.330.990.550.22Safer
Other Theft9678Getting worse
Possession of Weapons1.30.330.330.11Safer
Public Order1.93.02.42.2Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.220.220.22No change
Shoplifting4.81.63.35Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.110.330.33Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.34.54.02.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1191214Getting worse

Changes In Welwyn's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Welwyn to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Welwyn41.46-
Barnet67.7139% more dangerous
Coventry77.4146% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8152% more dangerous
Bristol86.2152% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8760% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% more dangerous

Crime in Welwyn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Woolmer Green, Oaklands & Digswell16626First

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 83% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%+10%+75%-6%+43%+180%+140%-57%-25%-80%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-----
Burglary----83%--+400%-25%+300%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson--40%+33%+33%-40%+40%-75%+100%-73%-33%
Drugs----+200%-----
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+86%+300%+300%+50%+700%+200%-67%-75%-25%-43%
Public Order-50%-67%---80%+100%----
Shoplifting---78%-83%--71%+300%+50%--
Vehicle Crime+200%-33%----50%-+200%-75%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-50%-8%-7%-10%+58%+100%-14%+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 towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021