Crime and Safety in Norwich

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Norwich is the most dangerous city in Norfolk, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 531 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Norwich in 2021 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Norwich is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 638th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Norwich had the worst crime rate in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 49 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Norwich residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 45 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Norwich recorded 170 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.86 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Norwich are violence and sexual offences, with 9,299 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 8,112 offences and a difference of 6.02 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Norwich's least common crime is robbery, with 138 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 14% from 2020's figure of 158 crimes.

Norwich 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Norfolk

26% 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 Norwich is 26% higher than the East of England and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Norwich Crime Rate Over Time

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Norwich Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Norwich represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Crime in Norwich Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Norwich This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,23016.3810,26211.30 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft4902.489091.00 60% more dangerous
Burglary5923.001,8922.08 31% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7819.036,7147.40 18% more dangerous
Drugs5782.932,0362.24 24% more dangerous
Other Crime5652.862,2402.47 14% more dangerous
Other Theft1,1065.614,0334.44 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1950.995790.64 35% more dangerous
Public Order2,42112.288,2029.04 26% more dangerous
Robbery1380.703030.33 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,1355.762,4712.72 53% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1500.763200.35 54% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4472.271,5651.72 24% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,29947.1533,65737.08 21% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Norwich

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Recent Crimes in Norwich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Houghton CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Jamieson PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Andrews StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near PrisonOffender given a drugs possession warning
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near George Borrow RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Earlham Green LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Donchurch CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near All Saints StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Plumstead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near PearcefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near William Mear GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Lime Kiln MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodside RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Old School CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Randle GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Press LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Clarence RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near PennyroyalUnable to prosecute suspect

Norwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour22222316 Safer
Bicycle Theft3. Safer
Burglary4. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10999 Safer
Drugs3. Safer
Other Crime2. Getting worse
Other Theft7666 Safer
Possession of Weapons1. Getting worse
Public Order1091112 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting10986 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime4. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34374147 Getting worse

Changes In Norwich's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Norwich's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Fitzmaurice Park1---200.33
Hellesdon Recreation Ground1----00.21

Comparing Norwich to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93140% safer
Birmingham49.6093% safer
Barnet67.0843% safer
Croydon82.4816% safer
Sheffield90.036% safer
Bristol90.526% safer
Leicester111.5914% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0622% more dangerous
Bradford132.2828% more dangerous
Leeds150.9437% more dangerous

Crime in Norwich's Neighbourhoods

City Centre West is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Norwich, followed by City Centre East in second place, and Mile Cross as the third most dangerous area. Norwich's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Earlham Road & College Road, Old Catton, and Thorpe St Andrew North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Catton Grove & Airport1,158106Sixth
City Centre East2,339344Second
City Centre West4,208380First
Earlham Road & College Road4364613th
Heartsease & Pilling Park1,197120Fourth
Lakenham & Tuckswood1,084116Fifth
Mile Cross1,462133Third
New Catton & Mousehold North91893Eighth
Old Catton2993515th
Thorpe Hamlet & Mousehold South53393Seventh
Thorpe St Andrew North2743814th
Thorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale44862Tenth
Town Close86878Ninth
University & Avenues7125711th

Norwich Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourThorpe St Andrew North (33)City Centre West (859)
Bicycle TheftOld Catton (1)City Centre West (197)
BurglaryOld Catton (8)City Centre West (147)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOld Catton (28)City Centre West (342)
DrugsOld Catton (7)City Centre West (159)
Other CrimeThorpe St Andrew North (5)Heartsease & Pilling Park (123)
Other TheftThorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale (13)City Centre East (155)
Possession of WeaponsThorpe St Andrew North (2)City Centre East (24)
Public OrderThorpe St Andrew North (19)City Centre West (694)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Earlham Road & College Road (1)City Centre East (34)
ShopliftingThorpe St Andrew North (6)City Centre West (420)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Earlham Road & College Road (1)City Centre East (41)
Vehicle CrimeThorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale (1)City Centre East (37)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOld Catton (160)City Centre East (1,093)

Crime in Norwich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Norwich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Norwich saw a 427% increase in vehicle crime. Norwich saw a large fall in robbery during June, when it fell by 64% compared to June in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+8%+66%+62%-4%0%-8%-26%-10%+6%-12%
Bicycle Theft+11%-63%-31%-11%+26%-33%+13%+8%--10%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-43%-33%-11%-1%+47%+66%+10%+39%+50%
Other Crime+49%-26%-34%+26%-38%-5%+84%+28%-11%+59%
Other Theft-38%-27%-21%-5%+37%+32%+1%+32%+43%+27%
Possession of Weapons-35%--30%+42%+100%+123%-6%+43%-50%-22%
Public Order-3%-19%+27%+21%+2%+52%+47%+49%+48%+4%
Theft From the Person-45%-50%-60%-50%+40%--13%-21%-41%-47%
Vehicle Crime-6%-54%-29%-11%+16%+100%+427%+215%+64%+14%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-7%-8%+13%+30%+41%+17%+25%+4%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Norwich

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

How dangerous is Norwich?
Norwich is the most dangerous city in Norfolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Norwich?
Norwich's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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