Cromer Crime Overview

Cromer is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cromer in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 2.9% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cromer is the 225th most dangerous small town, and the 1,564th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Cromer was the worst small town in Norfolk for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Cromer residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for vehicle crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Cromer recorded 6 reports of shoplifting during September 2018, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst small town for shoplifting in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Cromer are violence and sexual offences, with 257 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 23% higher than 2019's figure of 199 offences and a difference of 7.49 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Cromer's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Cromer Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Cromer This Year

 CromerNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16821.7115,14016.6823% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.268750.96269% safer
Burglary253.232,4982.7515% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson638.147,0357.754.8% more dangerous
Drugs131.682,5992.8670% safer
Other Crime192.462,3202.564.1% safer
Other Theft455.824,1824.6121% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.525790.6423% safer
Public Order526.727,1627.8917% safer
Shoplifting253.233,1663.498% safer
Theft From the Person40.523570.3925% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.811,8782.0714% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25733.2130,14133.200.03% more dangerous

Cromer Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Downham Market56951.7031% safer
North Walsham67051.9330% safer
Fakenham45056.7019% safer
Wymondham99357.3218% safer
Watton47757.8317% safer
Cromer52367.59-
Swaffham57769.703.0% more dangerous
Diss63073.228% more dangerous
Dereham1,43373.628% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cromer

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Cromer Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31191822Safer
Bicycle Theft0.780.65-0.26Safer
Burglary2.33.01.83.2Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson86108Getting worse
Drugs1.42.62.21.7Safer
Other Crime1.81.61.22.5Getting worse
Other Theft653.66Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.650.390.260.52Getting worse
Public Order64.64.07Getting worse
Shoplifting4.984.03.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.261.60.52Safer
Vehicle Crime2.11.60.901.8Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences20252633Getting worse

Changes In Cromer's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Cromer's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Cromer that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Evington Lawns235-13841

Comparing Cromer to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cromer67.59-
Barnet67.710.18% more dangerous
Coventry77.4113% more dangerous
Croydon83.2219% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2122% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Cromer's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cromer52368First

Crime in Cromer During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cromer change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Cromer saw a 600% increase in public order. Cromer saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+25%+178%+35%--19%+8%+200%+50%-8%
Burglary--------67%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-60%-75%-89%-50%-25%-+367%+20%+150%-11%
Drugs------33%-50%+50%--
Other Crime----+200%+100%---+200%
Other Theft+140%+300%--50%--25%+200%+25%+50%-50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+100%-+500%+150%+50%+50%+600%+50%-40%-
Shoplifting+50%-60%-67%-----40%-+100%
Theft From the Person--50%--------
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences-24%+14%+13%+20%+87%+73%+82%+25%+118%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cromer

What police force serves Cromer?
Cromer's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Cromer?
Cromer is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk.
What is Cromer's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cromer are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cromer?
Cromer's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021