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Crime and Safety in Thetford, Norfolk

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Thetford is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Norfolk, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thetford in 2021 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thetford is the 48th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 516th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Thetford was the worst medium-sized town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Thetford residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents. Thetford recorded 1 report of theft from the person during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Thetford are violence and sexual offences, with 1,396 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 1,231 offences and a difference of 6.15 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Thetford's least common crime is robbery, with 13 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 38% from 2020's figure of 18 crimes.

Thetford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Norfolk

32% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

26% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Thetford is 32% higher than the East of England and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Thetford Crime Rate Over Time

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Thetford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Thetford 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 Thetford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211042,789
2020972,592
2019782,098
2018792,129
2017731,953
2016741,994

Crime in Thetford Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Thetford This Year

 ThetfordNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47017.5110,26211.30 35% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft451.689091.00 40% more dangerous
Burglary632.351,8922.08 11% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson28510.626,7147.40 30% more dangerous
Drugs1646.112,0362.24 63% more dangerous
Other Crime682.532,2402.47 2.4% more dangerous
Other Theft1585.894,0334.44 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons351.305790.64 51% more dangerous
Public Order35913.388,2029.04 32% more dangerous
Robbery130.483030.33 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting833.092,4712.72 12% more dangerous
Theft From the Person170.633200.35 44% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1033.841,5651.72 55% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,39652.0233,65737.08 29% more dangerous

Thetford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
King's Lynn4,877101.062.8% safer
Thetford2,789103.92-
Great Yarmouth8,875162.6636% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thetford

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Recent Crimes in Thetford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Earls' StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elgin WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thetford Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Anna Sewell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Coventry WayOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burrell WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chalk CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Old Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Earls' StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Raleigh WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near New Hampshire WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Prior Stephen WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Peter DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jubilee CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Admirals WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near York WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saxon PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Thetford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29282418 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.21.51.7 Getting worse
Burglary4.13.53.62.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1191011 Getting worse
Drugs4.14.376 Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.22.62.5 Getting worse
Other Theft74.266 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons1.21.31.51.3 Getting worse
Public Order78913 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.520.670.48 Getting worse
Shoplifting6653.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.450.860.300.63 Safer
Vehicle Crime53.53.13.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30344652 Getting worse

Changes In Thetford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Thetford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0855% safer
Croydon82.4826% safer
Sheffield90.0515% safer
Bristol90.5215% safer
Coventry102.241.6% safer
Thetford103.92-
Leicester111.597% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0616% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6420% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9431% more dangerous

Crime in Thetford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Thetford Central & East84774Third
Thetford North846130First
Thetford South1,096123Second

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 second most dangerous 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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