North Walsham Crime Overview

North Walsham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 114th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in North Walsham in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, North Walsham is the 411st most dangerous small town, and the 2,819th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, North Walsham was the worst small town in Norfolk for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for North Walsham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. North Walsham recorded 1 report of robbery during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst small town for robbery in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in North Walsham are violence and sexual offences, with 368 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 22% higher than 2019's figure of 288 offences and a difference of 6.20 from 2019's crime rate of 22. North Walsham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in North Walsham Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in North Walsham This Year

 North WalshamNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21316.5115,14016.681.0% safer
Bicycle Theft70.548750.9678% safer
Burglary181.402,4982.7596% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson745.747,0357.7535% safer
Drugs231.782,5992.8661% safer
Other Crime312.402,3202.567% safer
Other Theft393.024,1824.6153% safer
Possession of Weapons60.475790.6436% safer
Public Order725.587,1627.8941% safer
Robbery20.163380.37131% safer
Shoplifting201.553,1663.49125% safer
Theft From the Person30.233570.3970% safer
Vehicle Crime70.541,8782.07283% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36828.5230,14133.2016% safer

North Walsham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Taverham35735.1248% safer
Bradwell42538.3136% safer
Attleborough54747.2310% safer
Caister-on-Sea41947.619% safer
Downham Market56951.700.44% safer
North Walsham67051.93-
Fakenham45056.708% more dangerous
Wymondham99357.329% more dangerous
Watton47757.8310% more dangerous
Cromer52367.5923% more dangerous
Swaffham57769.7025% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in North Walsham

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North Walsham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18181717Safer
Bicycle Theft0.390.700.310.54Getting worse
Burglary1.51.00.851.4Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson6566Safer
Drugs1.23.01.61.8Safer
Other Crime2.11.21.22.4Getting worse
Other Theft3.32.72.83.0Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.230.390.230.47Getting worse
Public Order4.03.43.46Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.080.160.16Getting worse
Shoplifting3.01.51.61.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.390.390.23Safer
Vehicle Crime2.00.700.930.54Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17242229Getting worse

Changes In North Walsham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing North Walsham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
North Walsham51.93-
Barnet67.7123% more dangerous
Coventry77.4133% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8139% more dangerous
Bristol86.2140% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in North Walsham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
North Walsham67052First

Crime in North Walsham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in North Walsham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when North Walsham saw a 1,100% increase in public order. North Walsham saw a large fall in drugs during October, when it fell by 83% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+53%+14%+57%-15%+20%--47%-60%-50%
Bicycle Theft----50%------
Burglary--50%---+100%-+300%+100%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-20%-44%+200%-67%+233%+250%-25%-38%-33%
Drugs--+250%+100%----83%-+100%
Other Crime--+200%-50%---+200%-+200%
Other Theft-83%--67%-67%-25%+200%+600%-+200%-20%
Public Order-+150%+25%-+1,100%+300%-17%+25%+33%+20%
Shoplifting---83%-50%---67%+200%+100%+200%
Vehicle Crime---50%+50%------
Violence and Sexual Offences-27%-32%-13%+13%+29%+267%+108%+55%+95%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in North Walsham

What police force serves North Walsham?
North Walsham's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is North Walsham?
North Walsham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk.
What is North Walsham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in North Walsham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in North Walsham?
North Walsham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021