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.
26% higher, regional crime rate
East of England
24% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
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.
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|England, Wales & NI|
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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||3,230||16.38||10,262||11.30||31% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||490||2.48||909||1.00||60% more dangerous|
|Burglary||592||3.00||1,892||2.08||31% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||1,781||9.03||6,714||7.40||18% more dangerous|
|Drugs||578||2.93||2,036||2.24||24% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||565||2.86||2,240||2.47||14% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||1,106||5.61||4,033||4.44||21% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||195||0.99||579||0.64||35% more dangerous|
|Public Order||2,421||12.28||8,202||9.04||26% more dangerous|
|Robbery||138||0.70||303||0.33||53% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||1,135||5.76||2,471||2.72||53% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||150||0.76||320||0.35||54% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||447||2.27||1,565||1.72||24% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||9,299||47.15||33,657||37.08||21% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Public order||On or near Houghton Close||Formal action is not in the public interest|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Jamieson Place||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near St Andrews Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Drugs||On or near Prison||Offender given a drugs possession warning|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Bus/Coach Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near George Borrow Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Earlham Green Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Donchurch Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Shoplifting||On or near All Saints Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Plumstead Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Pearcefield||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near William Mear Gardens||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Bicycle theft||On or near Lime Kiln Mews||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Woodside Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Old School Court||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Randle Green||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Press Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Clarence Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Pennyroyal||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||10||9||9||9||Safer|
|Other Crime||2.5||2.8||3.0||2.9||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||1.1||1.0||1.1||0.99||Getting worse|
|Public Order||10||9||11||12||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.2||1.3||0.80||0.70||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.2||1.2||0.90||0.76||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||34||37||41||47||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Norwich that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Hellesdon Recreation Ground||1||-||-||-||-||0||0.21|
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.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Catton Grove & Airport||1,158||106||Sixth|
|City Centre East||2,339||344||Second|
|City Centre West||4,208||380||First|
|Earlham Road & College Road||436||46||13th|
|Heartsease & Pilling Park||1,197||120||Fourth|
|Lakenham & Tuckswood||1,084||116||Fifth|
|New Catton & Mousehold North||918||93||Eighth|
|Thorpe Hamlet & Mousehold South||533||93||Seventh|
|Thorpe St Andrew North||274||38||14th|
|Thorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale||448||62||Tenth|
|University & Avenues||712||57||11th|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Norwich for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Thorpe St Andrew North (33)||City Centre West (859)|
|Bicycle Theft||Old Catton (1)||City Centre West (197)|
|Burglary||Old Catton (8)||City Centre West (147)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Old Catton (28)||City Centre West (342)|
|Drugs||Old Catton (7)||City Centre West (159)|
|Other Crime||Thorpe St Andrew North (5)||Heartsease & Pilling Park (123)|
|Other Theft||Thorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale (13)||City Centre East (155)|
|Possession of Weapons||Thorpe St Andrew North (2)||City Centre East (24)|
|Public Order||Thorpe St Andrew North (19)||City Centre West (694)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Earlham Road & College Road (1)||City Centre East (34)|
|Shoplifting||Thorpe St Andrew North (6)||City Centre West (420)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Earlham Road & College Road (1)||City Centre East (41)|
|Vehicle Crime||Thorpe St Andrew South & Dussindale (1)||City Centre East (37)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Old Catton (160)||City Centre East (1,093)|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-17%||-43%||-33%||-11%||-1%||+47%||+66%||+10%||+39%||+50%|
|Possession of Weapons||-35%||-||-30%||+42%||+100%||+123%||-6%||+43%||-50%||-22%|
|Theft From the Person||-45%||-50%||-60%||-50%||+40%||-||-13%||-21%||-41%||-47%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-1%||-7%||-8%||+13%||+30%||+41%||+17%||+25%||+4%||+8%|