Great Yarmouth Crime Overview

Great Yarmouth is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Norfolk, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Yarmouth in 2020 was 135 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 49% higher than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Yarmouth is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 186th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2019, Great Yarmouth had the worst crime rate in Norfolk for possession of weapons, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2016 was also a bad month for Great Yarmouth residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 82 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Great Yarmouth recorded 12 reports of theft from the person during April 2016, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst for theft from the person in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Great Yarmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 3,547 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 65. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 3,229 offences and a difference of 5.83 from 2019's crime rate of 59. Great Yarmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 54 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 22% from 2019's figure of 66 crimes.

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Crime in Great Yarmouth Compared To Norfolk

Summary of Crimes in Great Yarmouth This Year

 Great YarmouthNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,60829.4715,14016.6843% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft671.238750.9622% more dangerous
Burglary2284.182,4982.7534% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson79714.617,0357.7547% more dangerous
Drugs3316.072,5992.8653% more dangerous
Other Crime1803.302,3202.5622% more dangerous
Other Theft4758.714,1824.6147% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons851.565790.6459% more dangerous
Public Order1,00018.337,1627.8957% more dangerous
Robbery571.043380.3764% more dangerous
Shoplifting3847.043,1663.4950% more dangerous
Theft From the Person540.993570.3961% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1693.101,8782.0733% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,54765.0130,14133.2049% more dangerous

Great Yarmouth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Thetford2,59296.5840% safer
King's Lynn5,040104.4429% safer
Great Yarmouth7,374135.15-

Crime Over Time in Great Yarmouth

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Great Yarmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46373229Safer
Bicycle Theft2.72.91.61.2Safer
Burglary654.44.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16171415Safer
Drugs4.4576Getting worse
Other Crime2.83.23.33.3Getting worse
Other Theft111299Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.82.11.6Safer
Public Order12141618Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.991.51.21.0Safer
Shoplifting109107Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.41.20.99Safer
Vehicle Crime4.763.63.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45545965Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.71100% safer
Coventry77.4175% safer
Croydon83.2262% safer
Sheffield85.8157% safer
Bristol86.2157% safer
Leicester97.4439% safer
Birmingham102.8731% safer
Liverpool107.2826% safer
Bradford133.021.6% safer
Great Yarmouth135.15-
Leeds137.101.4% more dangerous

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 South & Beach, Gorleston West, and Yarmouth North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gorleston North878111Fourth
Gorleston South & Beach66876Seventh
Gorleston West58077Sixth
Southtown & Cobholm1,119149Third
Yarmouth Central & Northgate1,901252Second
Yarmouth North623105Fifth
Yarmouth Parade2,453253First

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 BehaviourGorleston West (138)Yarmouth Parade (593)
Bicycle TheftGorleston South & Beach (4)Yarmouth Parade (24)
BurglaryGorleston South & Beach (13)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (69)
Criminal Damage and ArsonGorleston West (55)Yarmouth Parade (271)
DrugsGorleston South & Beach (21)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (89)
Other CrimeGorleston West (13)Yarmouth Parade (55)
Other TheftGorleston South & Beach (37)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (125)
Possession of WeaponsYarmouth North (2)Yarmouth Parade (42)
Public OrderGorleston South & Beach (71)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (315)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Gorleston South & Beach (1)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (23)
ShopliftingYarmouth North (6)Southtown & Cobholm (135)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Gorleston South & Beach (1)Yarmouth Central & Northgate (21)
Vehicle CrimeGorleston West (21)Yarmouth Parade (58)
Violence and Sexual OffencesGorleston South & Beach (351)Yarmouth Parade (1,263)

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 333% increase in vehicle crime. Great Yarmouth saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 85% compared to March in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Great Yarmouth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+22%+34%+32%-18%-28%-13%-24%-20%-38%-27%
Bicycle Theft-33%-73%-56%+33%+100%+25%+14%+14%+50%-
Burglary-36%-5%-29%-77%-14%+28%+32%-33%+46%+9%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-21%-13%+3%+21%+34%+71%+27%+9%+30%
Drugs-8%+8%+58%+5%-39%-39%-17%-30%-19%-68%
Other Crime+89%-57%+18%+6%-48%-11%-36%+73%+29%-11%
Other Theft+11%-45%-31%+29%-2%-10%+33%+81%-+10%
Possession of Weapons-85%-77%--18%---31%-22%-83%+100%
Public Order+12%+1%+8%+32%+29%+21%-4%+5%+5%+42%
Robbery-38%--25%+133%+75%+75%--25%-71%-70%
Shoplifting+6%-84%-73%-48%-5%-27%-50%-17%-22%-38%
Theft From the Person-25%-75%-43%+100%--38%-22%+17%--63%
Vehicle Crime-52%-59%-69%-40%+55%+9%+333%-13%+100%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-22%+3%-9%+10%+28%+22%+26%+5%+13%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021