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Crime and Safety in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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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.

Great Yarmouth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Norfolk

57% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

53% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

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.

Great Yarmouth Crime Rate Over Time

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Great Yarmouth Crime Map

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

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Historical Crime Rates for Great Yarmouth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211638,875
20201508,212
20191478,032
20181488,066
20171337,266
20161186,417

Crime in Great Yarmouth Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Great Yarmouth This Year

 Great YarmouthNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,42726.1510,26211.30 57% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1312.409091.00 58% more dangerous
Burglary2464.511,8922.08 54% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,00818.476,7147.40 60% more dangerous
Drugs2334.272,0362.24 48% more dangerous
Other Crime1963.592,2402.47 31% more dangerous
Other Theft56710.394,0334.44 57% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons841.545790.64 58% more dangerous
Public Order1,16321.318,2029.04 58% more dangerous
Robbery701.283030.33 74% more dangerous
Shoplifting3015.522,4712.72 51% more dangerous
Theft From the Person470.863200.35 59% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2244.111,5651.72 58% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,60584.4033,65737.08 56% more dangerous

Great Yarmouth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
King's Lynn4,877101.0661% safer
Thetford2,789103.9257% safer
Great Yarmouth8,875162.66-

Crime Over Time in Great Yarmouth

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Recent Crimes in Great Yarmouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Middle Road EastUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Thamesfield WayFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Hugh'S GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hingley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barrack RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Euston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paget RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Southtown RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Seawake CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Peggotty RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clarendon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near School RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shakespeare RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grenville PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Herries CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gordon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Salisbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Great Yarmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41373326 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.41.91.42.4 Safer
Burglary654.54.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19161718 Getting worse
Drugs6764.3 Safer
Other Crime3.53.63.53.6 Getting worse
Other Theft13101010 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.92.31.71.5 Safer
Public Order15182021 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.31.11.3 Safer
Shoplifting101176 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.21.10.86 Safer
Vehicle Crime64.23.74.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences61667384 Getting worse

Changes In Great Yarmouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Great Yarmouth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Great Yarmouth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Gorleston Recreation Ground4-2-765
Southtown Common1----20.74
St Nicholas Recreation Ground3----02.6

Comparing Great Yarmouth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08142% safer
Croydon82.4897% safer
Sheffield90.0581% safer
Bristol90.5280% safer
Coventry102.2459% safer
Leicester111.5946% safer
Liverpool123.0632% safer
Birmingham129.6425% safer
Bradford132.2823% safer
Leeds150.948% safer
Great Yarmouth162.66-

Crime in Great Yarmouth's Neighbourhoods

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.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gorleston North814103Sixth
Gorleston South & Beach70980Seventh
Gorleston West803107Fifth
Southtown & Cobholm1,159155Third
Yarmouth Central & Northgate1,949258Second
Yarmouth North650110Fourth
Yarmouth Parade2,806289First

Great Yarmouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Great Yarmouth for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourYarmouth North (85)Yarmouth Parade (478)
Bicycle TheftGorleston South & Beach (5)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (50)
BurglaryGorleston South & Beach (19)Yarmouth Parade (86)
Criminal Damage and ArsonGorleston South & Beach (100)Yarmouth Parade (314)
DrugsGorleston South & Beach (14)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (69)
Other CrimeGorleston North (19)Yarmouth Parade (50)
Other TheftGorleston North (38)Yarmouth Parade (187)
Possession of WeaponsGorleston South & Beach (5)Yarmouth Parade (33)
Public OrderYarmouth North (68)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (286)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Gorleston South & Beach (2)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (23)
ShopliftingGorleston West (6)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (125)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Gorleston South & Beach (1)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (19)
Vehicle CrimeGorleston North (13)Yarmouth Parade (94)
Violence and Sexual OffencesGorleston South & Beach (344)Yarmouth Parade (1,508)

Crime in Great Yarmouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+23%+33%+26%-21%-30%-16%-27%-24%-37%-28%
Bicycle Theft-45%-75%-64%-20%+120%+20%--+50%-40%
Burglary-26%-13%-26%-68%-17%+16%+13%-41%--14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-31%-23%-13%+6%+29%+27%+66%+29%+6%+19%
Drugs-4%+4%+59%+8%-29%-46%-16%-24%-14%-66%
Other Crime+55%-57%+22%+6%-45%-21%-36%+43%+36%-11%
Other Theft-5%-44%-32%+23%-2%-9%+50%+96%-3%+15%
Possession of Weapons-73%-69%--18%-18%--23%-11%-57%+33%
Public Order+2%+1%+13%+45%+28%+17%+8%+1%+10%+44%
Robbery-38%--40%+75%+75%+75%-13%-25%-63%-70%
Shoplifting-3%-84%-74%-52%-14%-31%-53%-15%-16%-39%
Theft From the Person-25%-75%-43%+150%-20%-25%-22%+17%--67%
Vehicle Crime-39%-66%-73%-35%+42%-+467%-+122%+62%
Violence and Sexual Offences+7%-23%+7%-1%+14%+30%+20%+26%+11%+12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Great Yarmouth

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

How dangerous is Great Yarmouth?
Great Yarmouth is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Norfolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Great Yarmouth?
Great Yarmouth's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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