Dereham Crime Overview

Dereham is the most dangerous small town in Norfolk, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dereham in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dereham is the 168th most dangerous small town, and the 1,249th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Dereham was the worst small town in Norfolk for criminal damage and arson, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.72 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Dereham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Dereham recorded 4 reports of burglary during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for burglary in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Dereham are violence and sexual offences, with 681 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 574 offences and a difference of 5.50 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Dereham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 700% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Dereham Compared To Norfolk

Summary of Crimes in Dereham This Year

 DerehamNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35118.0315,14016.687% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.518750.9688% safer
Burglary572.932,4982.756% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1758.997,0357.7514% more dangerous
Drugs944.832,5992.8641% more dangerous
Other Crime331.702,3202.5651% safer
Other Theft723.704,1824.6125% safer
Possession of Weapons30.155790.64327% safer
Public Order1678.587,1627.898% more dangerous
Robbery60.313380.3719% safer
Shoplifting743.803,1663.498% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.053570.39680% safer
Vehicle Crime603.081,8782.0733% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences68134.9930,14133.205% more dangerous

Dereham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wymondham99357.3228% safer
Watton47757.8327% safer
Cromer52367.599% safer
Swaffham57769.706% safer
Diss63073.220.55% safer
Dereham1,43373.62-

Crime Over Time in Dereham

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Dereham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28262118Safer
Bicycle Theft0.920.770.770.51Safer
Burglary3.62.52.72.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91189Safer
Drugs2.42.62.94.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.41.11.7Getting worse
Other Theft654.23.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.620.460.15Safer
Public Order6669Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.260.310.31Safer
Shoplifting874.23.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.670.410.05Safer
Vehicle Crime4.43.31.13.1Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences27282935Getting worse

Changes In Dereham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dereham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.719% safer
Dereham73.62-
Coventry77.414.9% more dangerous
Croydon83.2212% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8114% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4424% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8728% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2831% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1046% more dangerous

Crime in Dereham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dereham Central & Toftwood98383First
Dereham North & Neatherd45059Second

Crime in Dereham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dereham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Dereham saw a 450% increase in burglary. Dereham saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 78% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+47%-+3%-46%-10%-39%-36%-52%-40%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-33%-63%+450%-33%+100%+33%-40%---17%
Criminal Damage and Arson--50%+30%+33%+111%-11%+83%+280%-22%-13%
Drugs-63%+83%+125%+100%-17%+75%+167%-20%+267%+40%
Other Crime-67%-50%+200%-+50%---67%+67%-
Other Theft+50%-78%-50%-20%+33%-33%-+25%-40%-50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-33%-8%+75%+111%+13%+183%+250%+175%+75%+89%
Robbery--------50%--
Shoplifting+100%-+100%-69%-13%+350%+100%--33%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+450%-50%---75%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences-25%-4%+7%+2%+33%+30%+52%+17%+31%+76%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dereham

What police force serves Dereham?
Dereham's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Dereham?
Dereham is the most dangerous small town in Norfolk.
What is Dereham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dereham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Dereham?
Dereham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021