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Crime and Safety in Attleborough

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Attleborough is among the top 5 safest small towns in Norfolk, and is the 127th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Attleborough in 2021 was 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Attleborough is the 331st safest small town, and the 3,310th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Attleborough was the worst small town in Norfolk for other crime, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.78 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Attleborough residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Attleborough recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Attleborough are violence and sexual offences, with 315 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 283 offences and a difference of 2.77 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Attleborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Attleborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Norfolk

42% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

54% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Attleborough is 42% lower than the East of England and 54% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Attleborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Attleborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Attleborough 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 Attleborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202150574
202047547
201935408
201837432
201736421
201631359

Crime in Attleborough Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Attleborough This Year

 AttleboroughNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1018.7210,26211.30 30% safer
Burglary131.121,8922.08 86% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson554.756,7147.40 56% safer
Drugs211.812,0362.24 24% safer
Other Crime332.852,2402.47 13% more dangerous
Other Theft302.594,0334.44 71% safer
Possession of Weapons60.525790.64 23% safer
Public Order695.968,2029.04 52% safer
Robbery20.173030.33 94% safer
Shoplifting110.952,4712.72 186% safer
Theft From the Person10.093200.35 289% safer
Vehicle Crime181.551,5651.72 11% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31527.2033,65737.08 36% safer

Attleborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sprowston1237.64549% safer
Costessey39323.59110% safer
Taverham34634.0446% safer
Bradwell47542.8216% safer
Attleborough57449.56-
Thorpe St. Andrew72249.710.30% more dangerous
Caister-on-Sea44049.990.86% more dangerous
Watton45655.2910% more dangerous
Downham Market62556.7913% more dangerous
North Walsham73356.8213% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Attleborough

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Recent Crimes in Attleborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Halford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Edenside DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near New North RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near Granary RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thorpe DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Connaught PlainUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Halford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near London RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Edmund CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Flowers LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hillsend LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buckenham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bickley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alexandra WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Long StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Griffin LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gentian WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alexandra WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Attleborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1111119 Safer
Burglary2.82.61.21.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.63.44.34.8 Getting worse
Drugs1.51.84.11.8 Getting worse
Other Crime0.690.692.82.8 Getting worse
Other Theft64.23.42.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.170.260.520.52 Getting worse
Public Order4.02.94.46 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.520.170.17 Safer
Shoplifting0.860.690.350.95 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)---0.09No change
Vehicle Crime2.00.691.01.6 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15172427 Getting worse

Changes In Attleborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Attleborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Attleborough49.56-
Barnet67.0826% more dangerous
Croydon82.4840% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0545% more dangerous
Bristol90.5245% more dangerous
Coventry102.2452% more dangerous
Leicester111.5956% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0660% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6462% more dangerous
Bradford132.2863% more dangerous
Leeds150.9467% more dangerous

Crime in Attleborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Attleborough53253First

Crime in Attleborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Attleborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Attleborough saw a 500% increase in other crime. Attleborough saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+100%+150%-29%+12%+10%-31%-27%-67%-55%
Burglary-------33%-75%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%-75%+25%+50%-83%+100%+50%+50%--
Drugs-+400%+250%+80%-50%--+100%+300%-50%
Other Crime---+100%--+500%+300%-+200%
Other Theft-56%---83%-29%+50%+50%-33%+100%-60%
Possession of Weapons--------+100%-
Public Order-25%-+200%-60%+150%+400%+133%+33%-+400%
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences+169%+100%+55%+50%-10%+37%-27%+42%+26%+73%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Attleborough

What police force serves Attleborough?
Attleborough's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.

How dangerous is Attleborough?
Attleborough is among the top 5 safest small town in Norfolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Attleborough?
Attleborough's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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