Diss Crime Overview

Diss is the second most dangerous small town in Norfolk, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Diss in 2020 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Diss is the 173rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,267th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Diss was the worst small town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Diss residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Diss recorded 8 reports of other theft during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.93 the worst small town for other theft in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Diss are violence and sexual offences, with 317 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 24% higher than 2019's figure of 241 offences and a difference of 8.83 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Diss's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Diss Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Diss This Year

 DissNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18020.9215,14016.6820% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.818750.9619% safer
Burglary293.372,4982.7518% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson849.767,0357.7521% more dangerous
Drugs222.562,5992.8612% safer
Other Crime121.392,3202.5684% safer
Other Theft374.304,1824.617% safer
Possession of Weapons10.125790.64433% safer
Public Order718.257,1627.894.4% more dangerous
Robbery20.233380.3761% safer
Shoplifting313.603,1663.493.1% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.353570.3911% safer
Vehicle Crime141.631,8782.0727% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31736.8430,14133.2010% more dangerous

Diss Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fakenham45056.7029% safer
Wymondham99357.3228% safer
Watton47757.8327% safer
Cromer52367.598% safer
Swaffham57769.705% safer
Diss63073.22-
Dereham1,43373.620.54% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Diss

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Diss Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22171921Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.700.930.930.81Safer
Burglary83.43.03.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson88810Getting worse
Drugs1.61.01.62.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.22.81.71.4Safer
Other Theft71064.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.930.700.350.12Safer
Public Order54.868Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.460.230.23Safer
Shoplifting664.83.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.460.930.35Safer
Vehicle Crime3.82.21.01.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17272837Getting worse

Changes In Diss's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Diss to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.718% safer
Diss73.22-
Coventry77.415% more dangerous
Croydon83.2212% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8115% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4425% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8729% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2832% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1047% 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 the second 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021