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Crime and Safety in Fakenham

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Fakenham is the most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Fakenham in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Fakenham is the 174th most dangerous small town, and the 1,074th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Fakenham was the worst small town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Fakenham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 2.4 per 1,000 residents. Fakenham recorded 9 reports of other theft during June 2021, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst small town for other theft in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Fakenham are violence and sexual offences, with 328 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 35% higher than 2020's figure of 212 offences and a difference of 14.62 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Fakenham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Fakenham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Norfolk

13% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

5% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Fakenham is 13% higher than the East of England and 5% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Fakenham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Fakenham 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 Fakenham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202181641
202057450
201949386
201851406
201742336
201649390

Crime in Fakenham Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Fakenham This Year

 FakenhamNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10713.4810,26211.30 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft81.019091.00 0.99% more dangerous
Burglary243.021,8922.08 31% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8210.336,7147.40 28% more dangerous
Drugs60.762,0362.24 195% safer
Other Crime202.522,2402.47 2.0% more dangerous
Other Theft445.544,0334.44 20% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.885790.64 27% more dangerous
Public Order9011.348,2029.04 20% more dangerous
Robbery20.253030.33 32% safer
Shoplifting202.522,4712.72 8% safer
Theft From the Person20.253200.35 40% safer
Vehicle Crime81.011,5651.72 70% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32841.3333,65737.08 10% more dangerous

Fakenham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Swaffham57969.9415% safer
Hellesdon81171.2213% safer
Wymondham1,24571.8612% safer
Dereham1,46075.018% safer
Cromer61078.832.4% safer
Fakenham64180.76-

Crime Over Time in Fakenham

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Recent Crimes in Fakenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oak StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Thorpland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Swan StreetFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Station CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ratcliffe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sheldrake CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Silverlands CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hall StaitheUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westmead RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edinburgh DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lichfield StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Southgates DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rosemary TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosemary TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heather Barrow CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Norman CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Norwich StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Fakenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14141313 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.130.500.131.0 Getting worse
Burglary2.41.31.43.0 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson89710 Getting worse
Drugs2.32.63.00.76 Safer
Other Crime1.81.02.82.5 Getting worse
Other Theft4.353.66 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.250.250.250.88 Getting worse
Public Order63.4811 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.380.130.25 Safer
Shoplifting4.23.43.42.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.760.250.25 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.81.00.881.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20202741 Getting worse

Changes In Fakenham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Fakenham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0820% safer
Fakenham80.76-
Croydon82.482.1% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5211% more dangerous
Coventry102.2421% more dangerous
Leicester111.5928% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6438% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Fakenham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fakenham64181First

Crime in Fakenham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Fakenham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Fakenham saw a 400% increase in drugs. Fakenham saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during November, when it fell by 80% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%+143%+25%-46%--43%+20%-10%-80%-29%
Burglary----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-60%+33%-75%---14%-45%+200%+50%-
Drugs--+400%+100%-40%-+200%---
Other Crime+300%-----+150%---
Other Theft--75%-75%+100%-50%-50%-+200%+150%+300%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-50%+125%+200%-+300%+200%+125%+400%+300%+250%
Shoplifting-75%+200%+20%-+50%--50%-50%-67%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%+33%+75%+78%+183%-6%+20%+57%+108%-23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Fakenham

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

How dangerous is Fakenham?
Fakenham is the most dangerous small town in Norfolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Fakenham?
Fakenham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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