Gorleston-on-Sea Crime Overview

Gorleston-on-Sea is among the top 5 safest small towns in Norfolk, and is the 263rd most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gorleston-on-Sea in 2020 was 34 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 105% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gorleston-on-Sea is the 163rd safest small town, and the 5,626th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Gorleston-on-Sea was the worst small town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Gorleston-on-Sea residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.52 per 1,000 residents. Gorleston-on-Sea recorded 4 reports of burglary during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst small town for burglary in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Gorleston-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences, with 440 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 363 offences and a difference of 3.10 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Gorleston-on-Sea's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

Compare Gorleston-on-Sea to other towns and cities

See how Gorleston-on-Sea shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Gorleston-on-Sea and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Gorleston-on-Sea Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Gorleston-on-Sea This Year

 Gorleston-on-SeaNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2038.1715,14016.68104% safer
Bicycle Theft70.288750.96243% safer
Burglary180.722,4982.75282% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1234.957,0357.7557% safer
Drugs220.892,5992.86221% safer
Other Crime120.482,3202.56433% safer
Other Theft572.294,1824.61101% safer
Possession of Weapons90.365790.6478% safer
Public Order1004.037,1627.8996% safer
Robbery10.043380.37825% safer
Shoplifting120.483,1663.49627% safer
Theft From the Person50.203570.3995% safer
Vehicle Crime361.451,8782.0743% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44017.7130,14133.2087% safer

Gorleston-on-Sea Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hellesdon27323.9741% safer
Sprowston40425.1135% safer
Thorpe St. Andrew47232.504.3% safer
Gorleston-on-Sea84233.90-
Costessey57834.692.3% more dangerous
Taverham35735.123.5% more dangerous
Bradwell42538.3112% more dangerous
Attleborough54747.2328% more dangerous
Caister-on-Sea41947.6129% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gorleston-on-Sea

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Recent Crimes in Gorleston-on-Sea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sussex RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Newnham GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hewett CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Cliff HillUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cliff HillUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Edmund CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Somerville AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Hornbeam CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Magdalen SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Magdalen SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Magdalen SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Magdalen SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Peterhouse AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Peterhouse AvenueFormal action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burgh RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burgh RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Recreation CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maple WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maple WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Gorleston-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1110118Safer
Bicycle Theft0.681.20.720.28Safer
Burglary1.71.61.70.72Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson555.05.0Safer
Drugs0.681.20.810.89Safer
Other Crime0.850.600.850.48Safer
Other Theft2.82.42.22.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.080.160.360.36Getting worse
Public Order2.83.02.94.0Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.240.160.04Safer
Shoplifting1.01.01.30.48Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.200.080.20Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.41.01.31.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13161518Getting worse

Changes In Gorleston-on-Sea's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Gorleston-on-Sea to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Gorleston-on-Sea33.90-
Barnet67.7150% more dangerous
Coventry77.4156% more dangerous
Croydon83.2259% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8160% more dangerous
Bristol86.2161% more dangerous
Leicester97.4465% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8767% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2868% more dangerous
Bradford133.0275% more dangerous
Leeds137.1075% more dangerous

Crime in Gorleston-on-Sea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gorleston-on-Sea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Gorleston-on-Sea saw a 600% increase in shoplifting. Gorleston-on-Sea saw a large fall in bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 83% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+53%--30%-28%-31%-59%-36%-46%-36%
Bicycle Theft-50%---83%+200%-----
Burglary-33%-20%+50%-60%-50%--60%-67%--33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%-40%-20%+20%+43%+8%+64%+40%+44%-38%
Drugs+300%+33%+100%-+300%-50%-+50%+50%-33%
Other Crime--+200%---40%-+50%--
Other Theft-50%-44%-29%-+50%+20%+250%+250%-25%+50%
Possession of Weapons-33%-----50%-+100%+100%-
Public Order-79%-17%+75%+113%+27%-33%+300%+78%+80%+17%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-67%-83%---75%--+600%+50%-75%
Vehicle Crime+25%-56%-80%-20%----+300%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-4%+44%+67%+28%+94%+2%+32%+38%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gorleston-on-Sea

What police force serves Gorleston-on-Sea?
Gorleston-on-Sea's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Gorleston-on-Sea?
Gorleston-on-Sea is among the top 5 safest small towns in Norfolk.
What is Gorleston-on-Sea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Gorleston-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Gorleston-on-Sea?
Gorleston-on-Sea's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021