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Crime and Safety in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

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Welwyn Garden City is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 140 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Welwyn Garden City in 2021 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 12% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Welwyn Garden City is the 75th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,778th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Welwyn Garden City had the worst crime rate in Hertfordshire for burglary, with 40 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.80 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2019 was also a bad month for Welwyn Garden City residents, when it was Hertfordshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.60 per 1,000 residents. Welwyn Garden City recorded 16 reports of other crime during November 2016, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst for other crime in Hertfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Welwyn Garden City are violence and sexual offences, with 1,447 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 0.55% higher than 2020's figure of 1,439 offences and a difference of 0.16 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Welwyn Garden City's least common crime is robbery, with 23 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 22% from 2020's figure of 28 crimes.

Welwyn Garden City 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Hertfordshire

7% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

16% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Welwyn Garden City is 7% lower than the East of England and 16% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Welwyn Garden City Crime Rate Over Time

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Welwyn Garden City Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Welwyn Garden City 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 Garden City

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021663,314
2020713,562
2019793,983
2018733,663
2017763,810
2016653,266

Crime in Welwyn Garden City Compared To Hertfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Welwyn Garden City This Year

 Welwyn Garden CityHertfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,40027.8424,48520.58 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft440.881,3311.12 27% safer
Burglary1132.253,1172.62 16% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3867.686,8565.76 25% more dangerous
Drugs1152.292,4482.06 10% more dangerous
Other Crime691.371,3971.17 15% more dangerous
Other Theft3015.996,8025.72 4.5% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons290.586130.52 10% more dangerous
Public Order2885.735,2454.41 23% more dangerous
Robbery230.465250.44 4.3% more dangerous
Shoplifting2454.875,7434.83 0.82% more dangerous
Theft From the Person350.709070.76 9% safer
Vehicle Crime2194.366,6705.61 29% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,44728.7827,36823.01 20% more dangerous

Welwyn Garden City Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bushey1,37950.5530% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,14953.3624% safer
Letchworth Garden City1,94156.2617% safer
Cheshunt2,81859.8010% safer
Hertford1,93065.560.53% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,31465.91-
Hatfield3,64576.9214% more dangerous
Elstree and Borehamwood3,37085.2023% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Welwyn Garden City

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Recent Crimes in Welwyn Garden City

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Merrifield CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A6129Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little BurrowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Hyde WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanborough MewsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near By The MountUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Essendon GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bessemer RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near MundellsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sylvan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Birds CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bedwell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Peartree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodhall LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beehive GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near PippensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Welwyn Garden City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30303228 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.74.72.00.88 Safer
Burglary5.053.82.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9978 Safer
Drugs1.82.02.12.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.30.801.4 Safer
Other Theft6766 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.60.640.440.58 Safer
Public Order6656 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.560.540.560.46 Safer
Shoplifting7874.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.10.600.70 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.8764.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26262929 Getting worse

Changes In Welwyn Garden City's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Welwyn Garden City's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Fields23-211322.5
Welwyn Rugby Club3211523.4

Comparing Welwyn Garden City to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Welwyn Garden City65.91-
Barnet67.081.7% more dangerous
Croydon82.4820% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0527% more dangerous
Bristol90.5227% more dangerous
Coventry102.2436% more dangerous
Leicester111.5941% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0646% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6449% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Welwyn Garden City's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hollybush51865Third
Knightsfield25742Fifth
Panshanger30347Fourth
Peartree81599Second
Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside792112First

Welwyn Garden City Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourKnightsfield (100)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (331)
Bicycle TheftKnightsfield (1)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (22)
BurglaryPanshanger (7)Peartree (30)
Criminal Damage and ArsonKnightsfield (28)Peartree (107)
DrugsPanshanger (5)Peartree (39)
Other CrimePanshanger (4)Peartree (23)
Other TheftPanshanger (20)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (68)
Possession of WeaponsPanshanger (1)Hollybush (8)
Public OrderKnightsfield (14)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (95)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Knightsfield (1)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (7)
ShopliftingHollybush (1)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (150)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Knightsfield (1)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (26)
Vehicle CrimeKnightsfield (27)Panshanger (38)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKnightsfield (134)Peartree (373)

Crime in Welwyn Garden City During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Welwyn Garden City change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Welwyn Garden City saw a 600% increase in drugs. Welwyn Garden City saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 89% compared to October in 2019. Welwyn Garden City saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, burglary, and criminal damage and arson.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+47%+22%+21%+6%-1%-11%-3%+12%-14%
Bicycle Theft-80%-64%-64%-44%-60%-63%-30%+14%-65%-63%
Burglary-6%-21%-6%-22%-36%-6%-71%-40%-40%+25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-33%+13%-30%-30%-27%-8%-30%-6%-19%
Drugs-20%+114%+600%+88%-42%-25%-47%-33%+67%-50%
Other Crime-33%-75%+100%+50%-29%-50%-25%+150%-33%-50%
Other Theft+36%-48%-45%+22%-19%+30%+7%-7%-16%-11%
Possession of Weapons-50%-75%-+67%+300%-60%+100%-80%--
Public Order+53%-38%-26%-24%-4%+23%-18%+11%-3%-55%
Robbery-60%-+33%-33%---33%-50%+33%+100%
Shoplifting-3%-45%-48%-6%+24%+66%-5%-29%-64%-60%
Theft From the Person---80%-40%--50%-25%-89%--
Vehicle Crime+95%-43%+7%+6%-54%+4%+7%-49%+19%-35%
Violence and Sexual Offences+14%-2%-21%+25%+10%+30%+10%+11%+3%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Welwyn Garden City

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

How dangerous is Welwyn Garden City?
Welwyn Garden City is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Welwyn Garden City?
Welwyn Garden City's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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