Downham Market Crime Overview

Downham Market is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 115th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Downham Market in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Downham Market is the 415th most dangerous small town, and the 2,856th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Downham Market was the worst small town in Norfolk for other crime, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Downham Market residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Downham Market recorded 8 reports of vehicle crime during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Downham Market are violence and sexual offences, with 276 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 240 offences and a difference of 3.27 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Downham Market's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 33% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Downham Market Compared To Norfolk

Summary of Crimes in Downham Market This Year

 Downham MarketNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16414.9015,14016.6812% safer
Bicycle Theft80.738750.9632% safer
Burglary191.732,4982.7559% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson555.007,0357.7555% safer
Drugs322.912,5992.861.7% more dangerous
Other Crime302.732,3202.566% more dangerous
Other Theft363.274,1824.6141% safer
Possession of Weapons40.365790.6478% safer
Public Order625.637,1627.8940% safer
Robbery30.273380.3737% safer
Shoplifting262.363,1663.4948% safer
Vehicle Crime181.641,8782.0726% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27625.0830,14133.2032% safer

Downham Market Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Costessey57834.6949% safer
Taverham35735.1247% safer
Bradwell42538.3135% safer
Attleborough54747.239% safer
Caister-on-Sea41947.619% safer
Downham Market56951.70-
North Walsham67051.930.44% more dangerous
Fakenham45056.709% more dangerous
Wymondham99357.3210% more dangerous
Watton47757.8311% more dangerous
Cromer52367.5924% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Downham Market

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Downham Market Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21161715Safer
Bicycle Theft0.271.01.60.73Safer
Burglary3.73.32.81.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson874.45Safer
Drugs1.11.72.42.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.11.32.7Getting worse
Other Theft3.04.44.03.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.360.910.36Safer
Public Order2.32.54.46Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.180.180.27Getting worse
Shoplifting3.41.42.42.4Safer
Vehicle Crime2.41.51.01.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15202225Getting worse

Changes In Downham Market's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Downham Market's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Downham Market that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
War Memorial Playing Field51---31.4

Comparing Downham Market to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Downham Market51.70-
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4133% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2140% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in Downham Market's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Downham Market56952First

Crime in Downham Market During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Downham Market change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Downham Market saw a 1,100% increase in other crime. Downham Market saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%-5%-4%-43%+29%-41%-33%-25%-+25%
Bicycle Theft-50%---50%--50%-67%---
Burglary------60%+600%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+350%--80%+200%-+120%+400%+67%-50%-14%
Drugs-33%+133%-+50%-25%--75%-71%--
Other Crime+1,100%-----+200%-50%-67%-
Other Theft--83%-83%+33%-75%-+100%+400%-+50%
Possession of Weapons-+100%--------
Public Order+67%+100%+200%-20%+100%-+50%+43%--50%
Shoplifting-40%-75%+40%-+100%+25%--50%--
Vehicle Crime----50%-+700%----
Violence and Sexual Offences--8%-20%+78%-27%+21%-22%+20%+9%+65%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Downham Market

What police force serves Downham Market?
Downham Market's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Downham Market?
Downham Market is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk.
What is Downham Market's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Downham Market are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Downham Market?
Downham Market's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021