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Crime and Safety in Dereham

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Dereham is the third most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dereham in 2021 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 4.7% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dereham is the 211st most dangerous small town, and the 1,317th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Dereham was the worst small town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Dereham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Dereham recorded 14 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.72 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Dereham are violence and sexual offences, with 782 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 681 offences and a difference of 5.19 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Dereham's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Dereham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Norfolk

6% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

1.9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dereham is 6% higher than the East of England and 1.9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dereham Crime Rate Over Time

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Dereham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Dereham 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 Dereham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021751,460
2020741,433
2019621,209
2018701,353
2017711,389
2016611,196

Crime in Dereham Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Dereham This Year

 DerehamNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24712.6910,26211.30 11% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.729091.00 39% safer
Burglary472.411,8922.08 14% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1648.436,7147.40 12% more dangerous
Drugs562.882,0362.24 22% more dangerous
Other Crime351.802,2402.47 37% safer
Other Theft954.884,0334.44 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.625790.64 3.2% safer
Public Order1618.278,2029.04 9% safer
Robbery30.153030.33 120% safer
Shoplifting472.412,4712.72 13% safer
Theft From the Person80.413200.35 15% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime361.851,5651.72 7% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences78240.1833,65737.08 8% more dangerous

Dereham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North Walsham73356.8232% safer
Diss59469.049% safer
Swaffham57969.947% safer
Hellesdon81171.225% safer
Wymondham1,24571.864.4% safer
Dereham1,46075.01-
Cromer61078.834.8% more dangerous
Fakenham64180.767% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dereham

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Recent Crimes in Dereham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near B1147Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crown GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chase CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lisbon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yaxham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lowick CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cemetery RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dairy CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hurn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Recreation RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bramley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waples WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Girling RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heath RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peters CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dairy CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near De-Narde RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near St Nicholas StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Charles CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Dereham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26211813 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.770.770.510.72 Safer
Burglary2.52.72.92.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11898 Safer
Drugs2.62.94.82.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.11.71.8 Getting worse
Other Theft54.23.74.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.460.150.62 Getting worse
Public Order6698 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.310.310.15 Safer
Shoplifting74.23.82.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.410.050.41 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.31.13.11.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28293540 Getting worse

Changes In Dereham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dereham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0812% safer
Dereham75.01-
Croydon82.489% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0517% more dangerous
Bristol90.5217% more dangerous
Coventry102.2427% more dangerous
Leicester111.5933% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0639% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6442% more dangerous
Bradford132.2843% more dangerous
Leeds150.9450% more dangerous

Crime in Dereham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dereham Central & Toftwood1,02586First
Dereham North & Neatherd43557Second

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 third 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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