Swaffham Crime Overview

Swaffham is the third most dangerous small town in Norfolk, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swaffham in 2020 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 0.23% higher than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swaffham is the 199th most dangerous small town, and the 1,436th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Swaffham was the worst small town in Norfolk for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.60 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Swaffham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.7 per 1,000 residents. Swaffham recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Swaffham are violence and sexual offences, with 241 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 20% lower than 2019's figure of 288 offences and a difference of 5.68 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Swaffham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Swaffham Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Swaffham This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16620.0515,14016.6817% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.248750.96300% safer
Burglary202.422,4982.7514% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9611.607,0357.7533% more dangerous
Drugs222.662,5992.868% safer
Other Crime242.902,3202.5612% more dangerous
Other Theft435.194,1824.6111% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.485790.6433% safer
Public Order587.017,1627.8913% safer
Shoplifting506.043,1663.4942% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.123570.39225% safer
Vehicle Crime161.931,8782.077% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24129.1130,14133.2014% safer

Swaffham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North Walsham67051.9334% safer
Fakenham45056.7023% safer
Wymondham99357.3222% safer
Watton47757.8321% safer
Cromer52367.593.1% safer
Diss63073.224.8% more dangerous
Dereham1,43373.625% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swaffham

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Swaffham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour22171820Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.600.600.600.24Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9131112Getting worse
Drugs0.972.91.92.7Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft6665Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.480.240.48Getting worse
Public Order4.14.677Getting worse
Shoplifting64.856Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.240.240.12Safer
Vehicle Crime1.
Violence and Sexual Offences25253529Getting worse

Changes In Swaffham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Swaffham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.712.9% safer
Coventry77.4110% more dangerous
Croydon83.2216% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8119% more dangerous
Bristol86.2119% more dangerous
Leicester97.4428% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8732% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2835% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1049% more dangerous

Crime in Swaffham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

Crime in Swaffham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Swaffham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Swaffham saw a 1,400% increase in shoplifting. Swaffham saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+76%+17%+31%+60%-12%-36%-72%-40%-70%
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-50%+40%+40%+240%+50%-25%-57%-63%-60%
Other Crime-83%-+50%----60%---
Other Theft-71%-86%-86%-+75%+400%--50%+67%-
Possession of Weapons--+100%-------
Public Order+33%-13%-33%-14%--+20%-25%+100%-80%
Vehicle Crime-67%--50%--40%--+100%-75%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-60%-37%+69%+62%-25%--17%-8%+22%-67%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Swaffham

What police force serves Swaffham?
Swaffham's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Swaffham?
Swaffham is the third most dangerous small town in Norfolk.
What is Swaffham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Swaffham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Swaffham?
Swaffham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021