Sprowston Crime Overview

Sprowston is the second safest small town in Norfolk, and is the 176th safest overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sprowston in 2020 was 25 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 177% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sprowston is the 74th safest small town, and the 3,806th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Sprowston was the worst small town in Norfolk for other theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Sprowston residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Sprowston recorded 13 reports of vehicle crime during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.81 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Sprowston are violence and sexual offences, with 203 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 161 offences and a difference of 2.61 from 2019's crime rate of 10. Sprowston's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Sprowston Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Sprowston This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour724.4715,14016.68273% safer
Bicycle Theft30.198750.96405% safer
Burglary171.062,4982.75159% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson563.487,0357.75123% safer
Drugs160.992,5992.86189% safer
Other Crime110.682,3202.56276% safer
Other Theft332.054,1824.61125% safer
Possession of Weapons10.065790.64967% safer
Public Order362.247,1627.89252% safer
Shoplifting130.813,1663.49331% safer
Theft From the Person30.193570.39105% safer
Vehicle Crime120.751,8782.07176% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20312.6230,14133.20163% safer

Sprowston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hellesdon27323.974.8% safer
Thorpe St. Andrew47232.5023% more dangerous
Gorleston-on-Sea84233.9026% more dangerous
Costessey57834.6928% more dangerous
Taverham35735.1229% more dangerous
Bradwell42538.3134% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sprowston

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Sprowston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour3. worse
Bicycle Theft0.19-0.120.19Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson2. worse
Drugs0.310.750.750.99Getting worse
Other Crime0.250.250.680.68Getting worse
Other Theft1. worse
Possession of Weapons0.
Public Order0.931.41.42.2Getting worse
Shoplifting0.310.620.560.81Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.12-0.190.19Getting worse
Vehicle Crime0.870.991.90.75Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences561013Getting worse

Changes In Sprowston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Sprowston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7163% more dangerous
Coventry77.4168% more dangerous
Croydon83.2270% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8171% more dangerous
Bristol86.2171% more dangerous
Leicester97.4474% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8776% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2877% more dangerous
Bradford133.0281% more dangerous
Leeds137.1082% more dangerous

Crime in Sprowston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sprowston Central22341Second
Sprowston East43653First

Crime in Sprowston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sprowston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Sprowston saw a 1,100% increase in anti-social behaviour. Sprowston saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+20%+1,100%+57%+100%+60%-63%-62%-50%-+250%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-17%-83%+50%+250%+500%+67%--80%-
Other Crime+100%--33%+100%------
Other Theft-50%-25%+200%-67%+400%+100%+100%+300%-67%-
Public Order--+200%--29%-+300%---
Theft From the Person---------+100%
Vehicle Crime-75%--50%-+100%---+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-24%+33%+82%-45%+500%+25%+79%+77%-44%-28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sprowston

What police force serves Sprowston?
Sprowston's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Sprowston?
Sprowston is the second safest small town in Norfolk.
What is Sprowston's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sprowston are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sprowston?
Sprowston's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021