Norwich Crime Overview

Norwich is the most dangerous city in Norfolk, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Norwich in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Norwich is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 546th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Norwich had the worst crime rate in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Norwich residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 50 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Norwich recorded 180 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.91 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Norwich are violence and sexual offences, with 8,521 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 7,408 offences and a difference of 5.65 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Norwich's least common crime is robbery, with 156 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 63% from 2019's figure of 254 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Norwich This Year

 NorwichNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,67023.6815,14016.6830% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft4842.458750.9661% more dangerous
Burglary8014.062,4982.7532% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9049.657,0357.7520% more dangerous
Drugs7333.722,5992.8623% more dangerous
Other Crime6103.092,3202.5617% more dangerous
Other Theft1,1075.614,1824.6118% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2231.135790.6443% more dangerous
Public Order2,22811.307,1627.8930% more dangerous
Robbery1560.793380.3753% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,5757.993,1663.4956% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1740.883570.3956% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6173.131,8782.0734% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,52143.2130,14133.2023% more dangerous

Crime in Norwich Compared To Norfolk

Norwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29222224Safer
Bicycle Theft4.03.12.92.4Safer
Burglary64.94.24.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101010Safer
Drugs3.33.83.73.7Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.52.83.1Getting worse
Other Theft8866Safer
Possession of Weapons0.701.21.01.1Getting worse
Public Order8101011Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.21.30.79Safer
Shoplifting111098Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.21.20.88Safer
Vehicle Crime3.84.42.83.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31353843Getting worse

Changes In Norwich's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Norwich to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2217% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2113% safer
Norwich97.02-
Leicester97.440.43% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% 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, Eaton, Old Catton, and Thorpe St Andrew North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Catton Grove & Airport1,403128Fourth
City Centre East1,885277Second
City Centre West3,751338First
Earlham Road & College Road5135512th
Eaton4455013th
Heartsease & Pilling Park1,111111Sixth
Lakenham & Tuckswood1,187127Fifth
Mile Cross1,504137Third
New Catton & Mousehold North1,001101Seventh
Old Catton3133615th
Thorpe Hamlet & Mousehold South50588Ninth
Thorpe St Andrew North3164314th
Thorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale51171Tenth
Town Close1,00891Eighth
University & Avenues7396011th

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 (60)City Centre West (1,143)
Bicycle TheftOld Catton (1)City Centre West (190)
BurglaryHeartsease & Pilling Park (17)City Centre West (153)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOld Catton (29)City Centre East (167)
DrugsEaton (10)City Centre West (175)
Other CrimeEaton (4)Heartsease & Pilling Park (111)
Other TheftOld Catton (14)City Centre West (258)
Possession of WeaponsThorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale (1)City Centre West (59)
Public OrderThorpe St Andrew North (16)City Centre West (533)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Thorpe St Andrew North (1)City Centre West (58)
ShopliftingThorpe St Andrew North (5)City Centre West (583)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)New Catton & Mousehold North (1)City Centre West (98)
Vehicle CrimeThorpe St Andrew North (5)City Centre East (54)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOld Catton (175)City Centre West (1,239)

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 365% increase in vehicle crime. Norwich saw a large fall in robbery during June, when it fell by 64% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+65%+63%-3%--6%-22%-11%+7%-15%
Bicycle Theft+6%-63%-26%-16%+23%-33%+11%+11%+7%-
Burglary-13%+4%-4%-45%-13%+2%-34%+6%-+92%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-40%-28%-6%-4%+37%+63%+10%+28%+30%
Drugs+84%-13%+32%-17%-15%-16%-19%+28%+13%-32%
Other Crime+58%-24%-32%+27%-36%+5%+94%+38%-9%+74%
Other Theft-39%-29%-24%-3%+34%+37%+4%+35%+53%+21%
Possession of Weapons-32%+14%-40%+31%+82%+123%-6%+33%-50%-28%
Public Order-4%-20%+29%+20%+7%+56%+45%+54%+54%+4%
Robbery-20%-43%-30%-64%-20%-45%-44%-26%-54%-57%
Shoplifting-23%-40%-18%-17%+2%+14%+11%-13%-49%-24%
Theft From the Person-45%-48%-63%-44%+38%-18%--21%-38%-61%
Vehicle Crime-1%-54%-32%+13%-6%+100%+365%+195%+36%+18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%0%-7%+20%+33%+44%+19%+24%+8%+9%

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021