Welwyn Garden City Crime Overview

Welwyn Garden City is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Hertfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hertfordshire's 141 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Welwyn Garden City in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hertfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Hertfordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Welwyn Garden City is the 95th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,367th 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 1,443 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 1,332 offences and a difference of 2.21 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Welwyn Garden City's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 22 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 45% from 2019's figure of 32 crimes.

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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 Behaviour1,60231.8626,05921.9131% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1001.991,5061.2736% more dangerous
Burglary1943.864,0233.3812% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3617.187,2416.0915% more dangerous
Drugs1052.092,6242.216% safer
Other Crime400.801,4721.2455% safer
Other Theft3216.386,8065.7210% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons220.445680.489% safer
Public Order2715.395,5574.6713% more dangerous
Robbery280.567120.607% safer
Shoplifting3627.206,3585.3526% more dangerous
Theft From the Person300.608180.6915% safer
Vehicle Crime2915.796,7305.662.2% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,44328.7026,80322.5321% more dangerous

Welwyn Garden City Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hitchin1,83550.2041% safer
Bishop's Stortford2,09451.9936% safer
Letchworth Garden City2,12561.5915% safer
Hertford1,83662.3714% safer
Cheshunt3,28669.731.8% safer
Welwyn Garden City3,56870.96-
Hatfield3,83880.9912% more dangerous
Elstree and Borehamwood3,56890.2121% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Welwyn Garden City

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Welwyn Garden City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35303032Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.22.74.72.0Safer
Burglary5553.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10997Safer
Drugs2.21.82.02.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.41.30.80Safer
Other Theft6676Safer
Possession of Weapons3.21.60.640.44Safer
Public Order6665Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.800.560.540.56Safer
Shoplifting9787Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.761.11.10.60Safer
Vehicle Crime64.976Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22262629Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.714.8% safer
Welwyn Garden City70.96-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Welwyn Garden City's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hollybush54668Third
Knightsfield21035Fifth
Panshanger35655Fourth
Peartree824100Second
Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside789111First

Welwyn Garden City Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Welwyn Garden City for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPanshanger (134)Peartree (389)
Bicycle TheftPanshanger (5)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (38)
BurglaryPanshanger (17)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (36)
Criminal Damage and ArsonKnightsfield (23)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (76)
DrugsKnightsfield (2)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (25)
Other CrimeHollybush (4)Peartree (10)
Other TheftKnightsfield (14)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (60)
Possession of WeaponsHollybush (2)Peartree (7)
Public OrderKnightsfield (8)Peartree (67)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Knightsfield (2)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (7)
ShopliftingHollybush (1)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (204)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Knightsfield (1)Welwyn Garden City Central & Handside (23)
Vehicle CrimeKnightsfield (26)Peartree (66)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKnightsfield (103)Peartree (343)

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%+20%+22%+7%-1%-11%-3%+11%-14%
Bicycle Theft-80%-64%-64%-44%-60%-63%-30%+14%-65%-63%
Burglary-11%-11%-6%-26%-36%-6%-67%-40%-40%+21%
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-38%+13%-30%-30%-27%-5%-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%-40%
Other Theft+36%-48%-47%+27%-19%+25%+7%-7%-16%-11%
Possession of Weapons-50%-75%-+67%+300%-60%+100%-80%--
Public Order+35%-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+85%-43%+7%-5%-54%+4%+7%-51%+19%-35%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%-2%-21%+25%+10%+30%+11%+10%+5%-

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021