Great Yarmouth is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Norfolk, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Yarmouth in 2021 was 163 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 56% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Yarmouth is the third most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 136th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In August 2021, Great Yarmouth had the worst crime rate in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Great Yarmouth residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 26 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Great Yarmouth recorded 11 reports of possession of weapons during July 2019, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for possession of weapons in Norfolk that month.
The most common crimes in Great Yarmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 4,605 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 84. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 3,987 offences and a difference of 11.33 from 2020's crime rate of 73. Great Yarmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 47 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 26% from 2020's figure of 59 crimes.
Medium-Sized Towns, Norfolk
57% higher, regional crime rate
East of England
53% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Great Yarmouth is 57% higher than the East of England and 53% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
|East of England|
|England, Wales & NI|
Incidents mapped in Great Yarmouth 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
Hover over a point to see a breakdown of crime types recorded at that location. You can also filter by individual crime types, or use a combinations of offences to visualize the data you need.
Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
Set up monthly updates on crime & public safety issues. We never spam.
Thanks! Please check your email and confirm your signup there.
|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||1,427||26.15||10,262||11.30||57% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||131||2.40||909||1.00||58% more dangerous|
|Burglary||246||4.51||1,892||2.08||54% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||1,008||18.47||6,714||7.40||60% more dangerous|
|Drugs||233||4.27||2,036||2.24||48% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||196||3.59||2,240||2.47||31% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||567||10.39||4,033||4.44||57% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||84||1.54||579||0.64||58% more dangerous|
|Public Order||1,163||21.31||8,202||9.04||58% more dangerous|
|Robbery||70||1.28||303||0.33||74% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||301||5.52||2,471||2.72||51% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||47||0.86||320||0.35||59% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||224||4.11||1,565||1.72||58% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||4,605||84.40||33,657||37.08||56% more dangerous|
View crime percentage over time for
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Middle Road East||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Drugs||On or near Thamesfield Way||Formal action is not in the public interest|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near St Hugh'S Green||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Churchill Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Hingley Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Barrack Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Euston Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Paget Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Southtown Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Seawake Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Peggotty Road||Local resolution|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Clarendon Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near High Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near School Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Shakespeare Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Grenville Place||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Herries Close||Offender given a caution|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Gordon Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Salisbury Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||19||16||17||18||Getting worse|
|Other Crime||3.5||3.6||3.5||3.6||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||1.9||2.3||1.7||1.5||Safer|
|Public Order||15||18||20||21||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.6||1.3||1.1||1.3||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.5||1.2||1.1||0.86||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||61||66||73||84||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Great Yarmouth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Gorleston Recreation Ground||4||-||2||-||7||6||5|
|St Nicholas Recreation Ground||3||-||-||-||-||0||2.6|
Yarmouth Parade is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Great Yarmouth, followed by Yarmouth Central & Northgate in second place, and Southtown & Cobholm as the third most dangerous area. Great Yarmouth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Gorleston North, Gorleston South & Beach, and Gorleston West.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Gorleston South & Beach||709||80||Seventh|
|Southtown & Cobholm||1,159||155||Third|
|Yarmouth Central & Northgate||1,949||258||Second|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Great Yarmouth for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Yarmouth North (85)||Yarmouth Parade (478)|
|Bicycle Theft||Gorleston South & Beach (5)||Yarmouth Central & Northgate (50)|
|Burglary||Gorleston South & Beach (19)||Yarmouth Parade (86)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Gorleston South & Beach (100)||Yarmouth Parade (314)|
|Drugs||Gorleston South & Beach (14)||Yarmouth Central & Northgate (69)|
|Other Crime||Gorleston North (19)||Yarmouth Parade (50)|
|Other Theft||Gorleston North (38)||Yarmouth Parade (187)|
|Possession of Weapons||Gorleston South & Beach (5)||Yarmouth Parade (33)|
|Public Order||Yarmouth North (68)||Yarmouth Central & Northgate (286)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Gorleston South & Beach (2)||Yarmouth Central & Northgate (23)|
|Shoplifting||Gorleston West (6)||Yarmouth Central & Northgate (125)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Gorleston South & Beach (1)||Yarmouth Central & Northgate (19)|
|Vehicle Crime||Gorleston North (13)||Yarmouth Parade (94)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Gorleston South & Beach (344)||Yarmouth Parade (1,508)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Great Yarmouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Great Yarmouth saw a 467% increase in vehicle crime. Great Yarmouth saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 84% compared to April in 2019.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-31%||-23%||-13%||+6%||+29%||+27%||+66%||+29%||+6%||+19%|
|Possession of Weapons||-73%||-69%||-||-18%||-18%||-||-23%||-11%||-57%||+33%|
|Theft From the Person||-25%||-75%||-43%||+150%||-20%||-25%||-22%||+17%||-||-67%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+7%||-23%||+7%||-1%||+14%||+30%||+20%||+26%||+11%||+12%|