Thetford Crime Overview

Thetford is the safest medium-sized town 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 Thetford 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, Thetford is the 41st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 560th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Thetford was the worst medium-sized town in Norfolk for burglary, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Thetford residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Thetford recorded 4 reports of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Thetford are violence and sexual offences, with 1,231 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 26% higher than 2019's figure of 912 offences and a difference of 11.89 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Thetford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 188% from 2019's figure of 23 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Thetford This Year

 ThetfordNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour65224.2915,14016.6831% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft411.538750.9637% more dangerous
Burglary963.582,4982.7523% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson26910.027,0357.7523% more dangerous
Drugs1967.302,5992.8661% more dangerous
Other Crime692.572,3202.560.39% more dangerous
Other Theft1565.814,1824.6121% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons401.495790.6457% more dangerous
Public Order2489.247,1627.8915% more dangerous
Robbery180.673380.3745% more dangerous
Shoplifting1385.143,1663.4932% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.303570.3930% safer
Vehicle Crime823.061,8782.0732% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,23145.8730,14133.2028% more dangerous

Crime in Thetford Compared To Norfolk

Thetford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Thetford2,59296.58-
King's Lynn5,040104.448% more dangerous
Great Yarmouth7,374135.1529% more dangerous

Thetford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36292824Safer
Bicycle Theft0.861.41.21.5Getting worse
Burglary4.34.13.53.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011910Safer
Drugs2.44.14.37Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.72.22.6Getting worse
Other Theft674.26Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.481.21.31.5Getting worse
Public Order7789Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.480.520.67Getting worse
Shoplifting3.5665Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.820.450.860.30Safer
Vehicle Crime5.053.53.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30303446Getting worse

Changes In Thetford's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Thetford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Thetford96.58-
Leicester97.440.88% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Thetford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Thetford Central & East81972Third
Thetford North799122First
Thetford South974109Second

Crime in Thetford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Thetford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Thetford saw a 900% increase in other theft. Thetford saw a large fall in vehicle crime during March, when it fell by 95% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-39%+58%+57%-38%-27%-32%-37%-19%-35%-27%
Bicycle Theft-25%-80%---25%-+600%+233%+500%+33%
Burglary-57%-43%-25%-17%-50%-+400%+244%+13%-82%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-11%-10%+24%+6%+122%+115%+100%+75%-13%
Drugs-55%-+50%+267%+27%+80%+150%+125%+120%+150%
Other Crime-20%-40%-33%+200%+100%+167%+75%+125%+75%+50%
Other Theft-25%+13%-7%+9%+140%+67%+129%+160%+900%-23%
Possession of Weapons-+50%+67%-+25%+25%--83%-33%-75%
Public Order-16%+43%+133%-5%+300%-5%+17%+36%-+32%
Robbery-67%--50%-+100%+50%--+100%-
Shoplifting-14%-35%-74%+29%-58%-7%-9%+33%+111%+43%
Theft From the Person-75%-75%---50%-----
Vehicle Crime-95%-58%-92%+50%+75%--+25%+150%-11%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%+14%-21%+18%+174%+69%+63%+53%+79%+9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Thetford

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021