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Crime and Safety in North Walsham

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North Walsham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 85th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in North Walsham in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, North Walsham is the 402nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,522nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, North Walsham was the worst small town in Norfolk for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for North Walsham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. North Walsham recorded 13 reports of public order during April 2021, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst small town for public order in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in North Walsham are violence and sexual offences, with 404 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 368 offences and a difference of 2.80 from 2020's crime rate of 29. North Walsham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

North Walsham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Norfolk

24% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

35% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in North Walsham is 24% lower than the East of England and 35% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

North Walsham Crime Rate Over Time

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North Walsham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in North Walsham 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 North Walsham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202157733
202052670
201942539
201844570
201741528
201635446

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 Behaviour1138.7610,26211.30 29% safer
Bicycle Theft40.319091.00 223% safer
Burglary90.701,8922.08 197% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson705.436,7147.40 36% safer
Drugs272.092,0362.24 7% safer
Other Crime554.262,2402.47 42% more dangerous
Other Theft393.024,0334.44 47% safer
Possession of Weapons40.315790.64 106% safer
Public Order866.678,2029.04 36% safer
Robbery30.233030.33 43% safer
Shoplifting211.632,4712.72 67% safer
Theft From the Person10.083200.35 338% safer
Vehicle Crime100.781,5651.72 121% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40431.3233,65737.08 18% safer

North Walsham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Attleborough57449.5615% safer
Thorpe St. Andrew72249.7114% safer
Caister-on-Sea44049.9914% safer
Watton45655.292.8% safer
Downham Market62556.790.05% safer
North Walsham73356.82-
Diss59469.0418% more dangerous
Swaffham57969.9419% more dangerous
Hellesdon81171.2220% more dangerous
Wymondham1,24571.8621% more dangerous
Dereham1,46075.0124% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in North Walsham

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Recent Crimes in North Walsham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Nicholas RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bradfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buxton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Black Swan LokeUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waterfield MeadowsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Market PlaceLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Grange CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MaybankUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hollybush RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Market PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kendall CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodbine CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Birch CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Plantation RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Fuller RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hollybush RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

North Walsham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1817179 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.700.310.540.31 Safer
Burglary1.00.851.40.70 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5665 Safer
Drugs3.01.61.82.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.22.44.3 Getting worse
Other Theft2.72.83.03.0 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.390.230.470.31 Getting worse
Public Order3.43.467 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.160.160.23 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.51.61.61.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.390.230.08 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.700.930.540.78 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24222931 Getting worse

Changes In North Walsham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing North Walsham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
North Walsham56.82-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0537% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in North Walsham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
North Walsham73357First

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 town 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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