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Crime and Safety in King's Lynn, Norfolk

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King's Lynn is the safest medium-sized town in Norfolk, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in King's Lynn in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, King's Lynn is the 52nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 569th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, King's Lynn was the worst medium-sized town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for King's Lynn residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 26 crimes at a rate of 0.54 per 1,000 residents. King's Lynn recorded 14 reports of other crime during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in King's Lynn are violence and sexual offences, with 2,334 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 4.2% higher than 2020's figure of 2,236 offences and a difference of 2.03 from 2020's crime rate of 46. King's Lynn's least common crime is theft from the person, with 18 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 128% from 2020's figure of 41 crimes.

King's Lynn 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Norfolk

30% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

24% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in King's Lynn is 30% higher than the East of England and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

King's Lynn Crime Rate Over Time

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King's Lynn Crime Map

Incidents mapped in King's Lynn 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 King's Lynn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211014,877
20201034,951
2019884,250
20181045,014
2017944,531
2016833,999

Crime in King's Lynn Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in King's Lynn This Year

 King's LynnNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour83717.3410,26211.30 35% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1202.499091.00 60% more dangerous
Burglary861.781,8922.08 17% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson51810.736,7147.40 31% more dangerous
Drugs3166.552,0362.24 66% more dangerous
Other Crime1362.822,2402.47 12% more dangerous
Other Theft2665.514,0334.44 19% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons601.245790.64 48% more dangerous
Public Order59312.298,2029.04 26% more dangerous
Robbery190.393030.33 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting3387.002,4712.72 61% more dangerous
Theft From the Person180.373200.35 5% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime731.511,5651.72 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,33448.3733,65737.08 23% more dangerous

King's Lynn Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
King's Lynn4,877101.06-
Thetford2,789103.922.8% more dangerous
Great Yarmouth8,875162.6638% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in King's Lynn

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Recent Crimes in King's Lynn

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Elmstead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Birdcage WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near RiversideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Front WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near CopperfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Atbara TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Greenpark AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OldsunwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Losinga RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near King'S AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holcombe AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Smith AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Railway RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Walpole RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sadler CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near RiversideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Valery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

King's Lynn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30262617 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.13.52.52.5 Safer
Burglary4.52.82.61.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13101311 Safer
Drugs4.7577 Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.93.22.8 Getting worse
Other Theft8666 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.41.31.2 Getting worse
Public Order1181112 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.870.500.700.39 Safer
Shoplifting10877 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.950.850.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.31.51.41.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40384648 Getting worse

Changes In King's Lynn's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in King's Lynn's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in King's Lynn that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Gaywood Park3----00.31
St James Park13126111103.6

Comparing King's Lynn to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0851% safer
Croydon82.4823% safer
Sheffield90.0512% safer
Bristol90.5212% safer
King's Lynn101.06-
Coventry102.241.2% more dangerous
Leicester111.599% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0618% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6422% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% more dangerous

Crime in King's Lynn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fairstead & Springwood76583Second
Gaywood Chase & Old Gaywood769106First
Gaywood North Bank28639Third

Crime in King's Lynn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in King's Lynn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when King's Lynn saw a 1,800% increase in bicycle theft. King's Lynn saw a large fall in theft from the person during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+47%+16%-1%+28%-15%+37%-1%-36%-38%
Bicycle Theft-63%-80%-81%--+1,800%+29%-48%+117%+100%
Burglary-7%-33%-32%+19%+63%-14%-14%-33%-13%+80%
Criminal Damage and Arson+30%-21%-18%+79%-+165%+13%+84%+58%+41%
Drugs-5%+5%+65%+14%+24%+48%+21%+42%+84%-
Other Crime+25%-+50%-58%+111%+33%-14%+18%+14%+13%
Other Theft-14%-58%-45%+27%+158%+63%-3%+233%-17%+53%
Possession of Weapons-17%-86%-25%-29%-25%+13%-33%+80%+125%-86%
Public Order+19%+9%+6%+58%+108%+63%+78%+50%+23%+21%
Robbery+300%+100%+100%-75%--+150%--50%-
Shoplifting-19%-48%-83%-34%+7%+4%-24%+16%-37%+39%
Theft From the Person-20%-80%--20%-+150%--25%--88%
Vehicle Crime-13%-63%-64%--+300%+100%+67%-17%+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-7%-14%+5%+103%+74%+19%+29%+34%+1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in King's Lynn

What police force serves King's Lynn?
King's Lynn's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.

How dangerous is King's Lynn?
King's Lynn is the safest medium-sized town in Norfolk.

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

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

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