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Crime and Safety in Diss

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Diss is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 55th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Diss in 2021 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 3.6% lower than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Diss is the 260th most dangerous small town, and the 1,592nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Diss was the worst small town in Norfolk for burglary, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Diss residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.93 per 1,000 residents. Diss recorded 2 reports of robbery during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for robbery in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Diss are violence and sexual offences, with 317 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 37. This is the same as 2020's figure of 317 offences and a difference of 0.00 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Diss's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 250% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Diss 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Norfolk

2.0% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

11% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Diss is 2.0% lower than the East of England and 11% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Diss Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Diss 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 Diss

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202169594
202073630
201963540
201868582
201761521
201658503

Crime in Diss Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Diss This Year

 DissNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10612.3210,26211.30 8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.239091.00 335% safer
Burglary202.321,8922.08 10% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson606.976,7147.40 6% safer
Drugs151.742,0362.24 29% safer
Other Crime121.392,2402.47 78% safer
Other Theft384.424,0334.44 0.45% safer
Possession of Weapons50.585790.64 10% safer
Public Order8610.008,2029.04 10% more dangerous
Robbery50.583030.33 43% more dangerous
Shoplifting273.142,4712.72 13% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime70.811,5651.72 112% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31736.8433,65737.08 0.65% safer

Diss Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Thorpe St. Andrew72249.7139% safer
Caister-on-Sea44049.9938% safer
Watton45655.2925% safer
Downham Market62556.7922% safer
North Walsham73356.8222% safer
Diss59469.04-
Swaffham57969.941.3% more dangerous
Hellesdon81171.223.1% more dangerous
Wymondham1,24571.863.9% more dangerous
Dereham1,46075.018% more dangerous
Cromer61078.8312% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Diss

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Recent Crimes in Diss

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bellacre CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trafalgar WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Tavern LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Jennings WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rose LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Mary'S DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Skelton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willbye AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Heywood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tennyson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near St Nicholas StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trafalgar WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Walcot RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackthorn CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cherry Tree CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trafalgar WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willbye AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackthorn CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Diss Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17192112 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.930.930.810.23 Safer
Burglary3.43.03.42.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson88107 Safer
Drugs1.01.62.61.7 Getting worse
Other Crime2.81.71.41.4 Safer
Other Theft1064.34.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.350.120.58 Safer
Public Order4.86810 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.230.230.58 Getting worse
Shoplifting64.83.63.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.21.01.60.81 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27283737 Getting worse

Changes In Diss's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Diss to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.082.9% safer
Diss69.04-
Croydon82.4816% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0523% more dangerous
Bristol90.5224% more dangerous
Coventry102.2432% more dangerous
Leicester111.5938% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0644% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6447% more dangerous
Bradford132.2848% more dangerous
Leeds150.9454% more dangerous

Crime in Diss During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Diss change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Diss saw a 500% increase in public order. Diss saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+62%-44%+33%-33%-33%+36%+100%+163%+80%
Bicycle Theft+100%---------
Burglary+400%-----80%--67%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-91%+25%+300%+100%+125%-69%+20%+175%+33%
Drugs-+100%+300%--50%--25%---
Other Crime-----57%----+100%
Other Theft--67%--25%+300%-+50%--+100%
Public Order+167%-70%+50%+80%-29%-40%+33%+50%+500%+133%
Shoplifting+40%-75%-89%-50%-60%+150%--25%+300%-
Theft From the Person--50%--------
Vehicle Crime-------50%---
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-57%+18%+78%+39%+27%+43%+89%+21%+185%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Diss

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

How dangerous is Diss?
Diss is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Norfolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Diss?
Diss's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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