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Crime and Safety in Cromer

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Cromer is the second most dangerous small town in Norfolk, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cromer in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cromer is the 183rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,145th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Cromer was the worst small town in Norfolk for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Cromer residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 2.3 per 1,000 residents. Cromer recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Cromer are violence and sexual offences, with 301 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 257 offences and a difference of 5.69 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Cromer's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Cromer 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Norfolk

11% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

3.0% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cromer is 11% higher than the East of England and 3.0% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cromer Crime Rate Over Time

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Cromer Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Cromer 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 Cromer

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202179610
202068523
201955427
201858450
201755424
201652399

Crime in Cromer Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Cromer This Year

 CromerNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13016.8010,26211.30 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.269091.00 285% safer
Burglary172.201,8922.08 5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9211.896,7147.40 38% more dangerous
Drugs141.812,0362.24 24% safer
Other Crime131.682,2402.47 47% safer
Other Theft334.264,0334.44 4.2% safer
Possession of Weapons10.135790.64 392% safer
Public Order8510.988,2029.04 18% more dangerous
Robbery10.133030.33 154% safer
Shoplifting395.042,4712.72 46% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.523200.35 33% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime81.031,5651.72 67% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30138.9033,65737.08 4.7% more dangerous

Cromer Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Diss59469.0414% safer
Swaffham57969.9413% safer
Hellesdon81171.2211% safer
Wymondham1,24571.8610% safer
Dereham1,46075.015% safer
Cromer61078.83-
Fakenham64180.762.4% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cromer

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Recent Crimes in Cromer

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fulcher AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BrownshillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Albany CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Middlebrook WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Runton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Jetty StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Meadow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Burnt HillsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Central RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Jetty CliffInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near West CliffInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Oliver CourtAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cabbell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Mill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Cromer Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19182217 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.65-0.260.26 Safer
Burglary3.01.83.22.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson610812 Getting worse
Drugs2.62.21.71.8 Safer
Other Crime1.61.22.51.7 Getting worse
Other Theft53.664.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.260.520.13 Safer
Public Order4.64.0711 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.26--0.13 Safer
Shoplifting84.03.25 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.261.60.520.52 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.60.901.81.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25263339 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Evington Lawns235-13841

Comparing Cromer to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0818% safer
Cromer78.83-
Croydon82.484.4% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0512% more dangerous
Bristol90.5213% more dangerous
Coventry102.2423% more dangerous
Leicester111.5929% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0636% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6439% more dangerous
Bradford132.2840% more dangerous
Leeds150.9448% more dangerous

Crime in Cromer's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cromer61079First

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 the second most dangerous small town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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