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Crime and Safety in Watton, Norfolk

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Watton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Norfolk, and is the 96th most dangerous overall out of Norfolk's 530 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Watton in 2021 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Norfolk's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than the Norfolk rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Watton is the 404th safest small town, and the 2,698th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Watton was the worst small town in Norfolk for vehicle crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 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 1 report of possession of weapons during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Norfolk that month.

The most common crimes in Watton are violence and sexual offences, with 267 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 227 offences and a difference of 4.85 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Watton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Watton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Norfolk

27% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

38% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Watton is 27% lower than the East of England and 38% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Watton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Watton 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 Watton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202155456
202058477
201938314
201841337
201741336
201637307

Crime in Watton Compared To Norfolk

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Summary of Crimes in Watton This Year

 WattonNorfolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8610.4310,26211.30 8% safer
Bicycle Theft20.249091.00 317% safer
Burglary131.581,8922.08 32% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson455.466,7147.40 36% safer
Drugs70.852,0362.24 164% safer
Other Crime222.672,2402.47 7% more dangerous
Other Theft273.274,0334.44 36% safer
Public Order526.308,2029.04 43% safer
Shoplifting80.972,4712.72 180% safer
Theft From the Person10.123200.35 192% safer
Vehicle Crime121.451,5651.72 19% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26732.3733,65737.08 15% safer

Watton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Taverham34634.0462% safer
Bradwell47542.8229% safer
Attleborough57449.5612% safer
Thorpe St. Andrew72249.7111% safer
Caister-on-Sea44049.9911% safer
Watton45655.29-
Downham Market62556.792.6% more dangerous
North Walsham73356.822.7% more dangerous
Diss59469.0420% more dangerous
Swaffham57969.9421% more dangerous
Hellesdon81171.2222% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Watton

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Recent Crimes in Watton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Princess CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wild Cherry CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Memorial WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridle RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burr CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridle RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Norwich RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tom Milford PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Memorial WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burr CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wissey GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dorrs DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Portal AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Three Post RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Town Green RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lime Tree WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hunters OakUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hunters OakAction to be taken by another organisation

Watton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16181810 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.480.240.730.24 Safer
Burglary2.82.451.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson64.065 Getting worse
Drugs0.361.11.30.85 Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.731.72.7 Getting worse
Other Theft3.22.13.93.3 Getting worse
Public Order4.23.076 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.21.31.90.97 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.48-0.120.12 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.61.22.41.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212832 Getting worse

Changes In Watton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Watton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Watton55.29-
Barnet67.0818% more dangerous
Croydon82.4833% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0539% more dangerous
Bristol90.5239% more dangerous
Coventry102.2446% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0655% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6457% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Watton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Watton45655First

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 10 safest 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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