Fakenham Crime Overview

Fakenham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 91st most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Fakenham in 2020 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 23% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Fakenham is the 360th most dangerous small town, and the 2,369th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Fakenham was the worst small town in Norfolk for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Fakenham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Fakenham recorded 2 reports of robbery during July 2019, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for robbery in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Fakenham are violence and sexual offences, with 212 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 25% higher than 2019's figure of 158 offences and a difference of 6.80 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Fakenham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Fakenham Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Fakenham This Year

 FakenhamNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10212.8515,14016.6830% safer
Bicycle Theft10.138750.96638% safer
Burglary111.392,4982.7598% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson526.557,0357.7518% safer
Drugs243.022,5992.865% more dangerous
Other Crime222.772,3202.568% more dangerous
Other Theft293.654,1824.6126% safer
Possession of Weapons20.255790.64156% safer
Public Order607.567,1627.894.4% safer
Robbery10.133380.37185% safer
Shoplifting273.403,1663.492.6% safer
Theft From the Person20.253570.3956% safer
Vehicle Crime70.881,8782.07135% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21226.7130,14133.2024% safer

Fakenham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bradwell42538.3148% safer
Attleborough54747.2320% safer
Caister-on-Sea41947.6119% safer
Downham Market56951.7010% safer
North Walsham67051.939% safer
Fakenham45056.70-
Wymondham99357.321.1% more dangerous
Watton47757.832.0% more dangerous
Cromer52367.5916% more dangerous
Swaffham57769.7019% more dangerous
Diss63073.2223% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Fakenham

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Fakenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21141413Safer
Bicycle Theft0.500.130.500.13Safer
Burglary2.02.41.31.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6897Safer
Drugs2.32.32.63.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.81.02.8Getting worse
Other Theft4.94.353.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.250.250.25No change
Public Order3.363.48Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.250.380.13Safer
Shoplifting4.24.23.43.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.500.760.25Safer
Vehicle Crime1.11.81.00.88Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15202027Getting worse

Changes In Fakenham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Fakenham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Fakenham56.70-
Barnet67.7116% more dangerous
Coventry77.4127% more dangerous
Croydon83.2232% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8134% more dangerous
Bristol86.2134% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8745% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2847% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Fakenham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fakenham45057First

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 among the top 10 most dangerous small towns 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021