Watton Crime Overview

Watton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk, and is the 84th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 546 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Watton in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 20% lower than the Norfolk rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Watton is the 346th most dangerous small town, and the 2,275th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Watton was the worst small town in Norfolk for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Watton residents, when it was Norfolk's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.85 per 1,000 residents. Watton recorded 2 reports of other crime during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for other crime in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Watton are violence and sexual offences, with 227 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 23% higher than 2019's figure of 175 offences and a difference of 6.30 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Watton's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Watton Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Watton This Year

 WattonNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15218.4315,14016.689% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.738750.9632% safer
Burglary435.212,4982.7547% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson485.827,0357.7533% safer
Drugs111.332,5992.86115% safer
Other Crime141.702,3202.5651% safer
Other Theft323.884,1824.6119% safer
Possession of Weapons10.125790.64433% safer
Public Order576.917,1627.8914% safer
Robbery10.123380.37208% safer
Shoplifting161.943,1663.4980% safer
Theft From the Person10.123570.39225% safer
Vehicle Crime202.421,8782.0714% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences22727.5230,14133.2021% safer

Watton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caister-on-Sea41947.6121% safer
Downham Market56951.7012% safer
North Walsham67051.9311% safer
Fakenham45056.702.0% safer
Wymondham99357.320.89% safer
Watton47757.83-
Cromer52367.5914% more dangerous
Swaffham57769.7017% more dangerous
Diss63073.2221% more dangerous
Dereham1,43373.6221% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Watton

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Watton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25161818Safer
Bicycle Theft0.120.480.240.73Getting worse
Burglary3.32.82.45Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson4.864.06Getting worse
Drugs0.850.361.11.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.611.30.731.7Getting worse
Other Theft3.23.22.13.9Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.120.480.480.12Safer
Public Order3.64.23.07Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.120.240.12Safer
Shoplifting2.62.21.31.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.48-0.12Safer
Vehicle Crime2.11.61.22.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19182128Getting worse

Changes In Watton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Watton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Watton57.83-
Barnet67.7115% more dangerous
Coventry77.4125% more dangerous
Croydon83.2231% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8133% more dangerous
Bristol86.2133% more dangerous
Leicester97.4441% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8744% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2846% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1058% more dangerous

Crime in Watton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Watton47758First

Crime in Watton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Watton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Watton saw a 700% increase in burglary. Watton saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+270%+87%-35%-23%+38%+43%-80%-14%-69%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+50%-33%+67%+600%--+700%+200%-+600%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%--33%-14%+300%-+200%+100%+100%+100%
Drugs---+100%----+100%-
Other Crime---+100%------50%
Other Theft+100%+50%-+33%+100%-+200%-50%-+100%
Public Order-67%-+67%+600%+150%+700%+100%-+200%+200%
Shoplifting--+300%--50%---67%-+300%
Vehicle Crime-----+100%----
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%+20%+33%+91%+125%+44%+44%+22%+21%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Watton

What police force serves Watton?
Watton's local territorial police force is the Norfolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Watton?
Watton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Norfolk.
What is Watton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Watton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Watton?
Watton's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021