Hertfordshire One of Top Five Safest Places in England and Wales

Living Magazines David Lloyd

Hertfordshire has been officially recognised as one of the safest places to live in England and Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd welcomed the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which show the county has the fifth lowest overall crime rate.

Measured across 43 police force areas, Hertfordshire registered 63.3 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is two thirds of the average. It is the lowest in the Eastern region with Cambridge scoring 80.7, Essex 91 and Norfolk 75.7.

The highest regions in the country were Cleveland 139.6, West Yorkshire 132.9 and Greater Manchester 128.5. The only places lower than Hertfordshire are Wiltshire 58.1, North Yorkshire 58.5, Devon and Cornwall 58.9 and Surrey 59.7.

Mr Lloyd said: ‘Often the fear of crime is higher than the reality, so I welcome this report which shows Hertfordshire really is one of the safest places to live.

‘We are outperforming our neighbouring areas and it is reassuring to see that the chances of residents in our county becoming a victim of crime are among the lowest in England and Wales.

‘Hertfordshire now has more police officers than at any time in its history, which has helped us maintain a strong neighbourhood policing model. The constabulary have also embarked on a Prevention First strategy which concentrates on reducing the number of crimes being committed.

‘I recognise for that these figures will offer small comfort to those who have had offences committed against them. There is a comprehensive victim services team at Hertfordshire Beacon who offer support to those affected, even if the crime has not been reported to police.’

The figures have come from all recorded crime, except for fraud, up to the year ending September 2022.