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Crime and Safety in Swaffham

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Swaffham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swaffham in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 2.3% lower than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swaffham is the 254th most dangerous small town, and the 1,545th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Swaffham was the worst small town in Norfolk for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Swaffham residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Swaffham recorded 1 report of theft from the person during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for theft from the person in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Swaffham are violence and sexual offences, with 311 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 241 offences and a difference of 8.46 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Swaffham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Swaffham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Norfolk

0.70% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Swaffham is 0.70% lower than the East of England and 9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Swaffham Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Swaffham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202170579
202070577
201977638
201867556
201761506
201659491

Crime in Swaffham Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Swaffham This Year

 SwaffhamNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9411.3610,26211.30 0.53% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.129091.00 733% safer
Burglary161.931,8922.08 8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson647.736,7147.40 4.3% more dangerous
Drugs182.172,0362.24 3.2% safer
Other Crime414.952,2402.47 50% more dangerous
Other Theft253.024,0334.44 47% safer
Possession of Weapons30.365790.64 78% safer
Public Order607.258,2029.04 25% safer
Robbery20.243030.33 38% safer
Shoplifting212.542,4712.72 7% safer
Theft From the Person30.363200.35 2.8% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.691,5651.72 1.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31137.5733,65737.08 1.3% more dangerous

Swaffham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caister-on-Sea44049.9940% safer
Watton45655.2926% safer
Downham Market62556.7923% safer
North Walsham73356.8223% safer
Diss59469.041.3% safer
Swaffham57969.94-
Hellesdon81171.221.8% more dangerous
Wymondham1,24571.862.7% more dangerous
Dereham1,46075.017% more dangerous
Cromer61078.8311% more dangerous
Fakenham64180.7613% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swaffham

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Recent Crimes in Swaffham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Copper HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Back TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Whitesands MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Iceni DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Globe HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stratton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lawrence WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near A1065Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brandon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LongfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Warstade WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HillsideUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lynn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandringham WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Westfield RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Whitesands MewsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coronation GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Mill Farm NurseriesFurther action is not in the public interest

Swaffham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17182011 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.600.600.240.12 Safer
Burglary3.73.42.41.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1311128 Safer
Drugs2.91.92.72.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.51.92.95.0 Getting worse
Other Theft6653.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.240.480.36No change
Public Order4.6777 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.24-0.24 Safer
Shoplifting4.8562.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.240.120.36 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.93.71.91.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25352938 Getting worse

Changes In Swaffham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Swaffham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.084.3% safer
Swaffham69.94-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0522% more dangerous
Bristol90.5223% more dangerous
Coventry102.2432% more dangerous
Leicester111.5937% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6446% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9454% more dangerous

Crime in Swaffham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swaffham57970First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+76%+17%+31%+60%-12%-36%-72%-40%-70%
Burglary-25%-80%-50%--44%+100%----
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-50%+40%+40%+240%+50%-25%-57%-63%-60%
Drugs-50%+50%+67%--+100%----
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%
Shoplifting+1,400%+300%--25%-+33%-75%-67%--67%
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 among the top 10 most dangerous small towns 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 bicycle theft.

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