While it may appear that crime in Stevenage is increasing, it is really doing far better than in other parts of Hertfordshire. In August, 354 crimes were recorded in central Stevenage. In the same month, localities such as St Albans had 464 instances, while Borehamwood and Elstree had 447. These figures show that crime is generally falling across Hertfordshire.
The main areas of concern for residents are anti-social behaviour and vandalism. There have been several incidents of graffiti being sprayed on buildings in and around town. This has included swastikas and antisemitic slogans. These incidents have caused outrage among local people and there have been calls from the Jewish community for an increase in police patrols in the area.
There have also been problems with drug abuse in Stevenage. In October 2015, three men were arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to supply after a major drugs operation by police near to Victoria Park. The men have since been released under investigation.
This doesn't mean that you should not travel around Stevenage at night. We recommend that only essential journeys be made after dark because many places are only accessible by foot or bike after dark. It's best to use an established route during these hours so that you can arrive at your destination safely.
It's important to remember that crime occurs within real communities and not every member of those communities is guilty of something.
Stevenage has had a terrible reputation in Hertfordshire for far too long. It's been described as gloomy, dull, ignorant, and unwelcoming, and the residents are sick of it. There are many positive aspects to this town, but they don't outweigh the negative factors.
The problem is that nobody wants to live here. The locals are fleeing in their droves because of the crime, poverty, and general misery that surrounds them every day. No matter how good the school system is, how affordable the housing market is, or how close the hospital is, people won't stay in this town if there are better options elsewhere.
The city council is doing everything it can to improve things, but not enough people are listening to them. They've tried re-branding themselves as a modern city, but that hasn't worked out so well either. In fact, quite the opposite has happened - people just don't trust them anymore.
There used to be a time when Stevenage was a lovely place to live. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, it was known as the model commuter town. The location was ideal for those who wanted to live near the city but needed to work from home. However, all that has changed over time.
The local economy is based primarily around government offices and universities.
When compared to the rest of London, Lewisham is somewhat in the middle of the road in terms of crime. A total of 9,278 of these reported crimes were violent offenses, which is almost 4,000 fewer than the total number of violent crimes documented in Westminster for the same time period, which was 13,473. There were also more robberies reported in Lewisham than in the other districts of London.
Crime rates tend to be lower in areas that are more suburban, so it's not surprising that Lewisham has a lower-than-average rate of violence and robbery. There are police stations in both Lewisham and Greenwich, and while there are less officers on patrol in the former district, they are more likely to be involved in high-risk situations that require experience and training. The number of officers present in any one station is also lower in Greenwich, but the population there is much smaller than in Lewisham.
There are several factors that may have caused the increase in violent crime in Westminster. The population there has grown, and as more people live in areas where violence is common, they too will report crimes increases. There have been more police officers recruited in recent years, which has helped reduce crime rates. However, due to cuts made by the current government agency in charge of recruiting and retaining officers, this trend may not continue long into the future.
Overall, Lewisham is a safe district with low crime rates.
Stevenage may be derived from an Old English phrase that means "site of the strong oak." Stevenage began as a settlement and has been inhabited since Roman times. When the New Town was being developed, several Roman ruins were discovered. There are also six Roman circular barrows, which were used to bury a local family. They are still visible in the New Town today.
The first known reference to the present name of the town is in 1139 when it was recorded as Steneage. This comes from the surname of the family who owned most of the land around what is now Stevenage. The family name is also found written as Stannage, Stenage, and Stanage.
There are other places with the word "stain" in them, such as Staines and Thames Street Staines. Perhaps this is where people might find it odd that we call our town Stevenage instead of Staines!
The original spelling of the town's name was Stannage until 1238 when it was changed to Steineage. In 1377, it was again changed to Staneage. In 1449, John Rous wrote about how people had started calling the town by its present name of Stevenage.
People probably came up with this new name because there were lots of oaks growing in and around the town. It wasn't until 1875 that the name was officially changed back to Stannage.