Newmarket Crime Overview

Newmarket is the second most dangerous small town in Suffolk, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 477 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newmarket in 2020 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newmarket is the 68th most dangerous small town, and the 575th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Newmarket was the worst small town in Suffolk for burglary, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.60 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Newmarket residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Newmarket recorded 23 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Newmarket are violence and sexual offences, with 659 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 604 offences and a difference of 3.31 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Newmarket's least common crime is robbery, with 13 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 54% from 2019's figure of 20 crimes.

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Crime in Newmarket Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Newmarket This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41324.889,85112.9348% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft271.636880.9045% more dangerous
Burglary835.002,6343.4631% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson18010.845,6207.3832% more dangerous
Drugs563.371,7532.3032% more dangerous
Other Crime241.451,2371.6212% safer
Other Theft1006.023,5894.7122% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.844430.5831% more dangerous
Public Order16610.005,4487.1528% more dangerous
Robbery130.783180.4246% more dangerous
Shoplifting1378.252,5103.3060% more dangerous
Theft From the Person291.753490.4674% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1036.212,6173.4445% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences65939.7023,77031.2121% more dangerous

Newmarket Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brandon62967.3242% safer
Stowmarket1,50268.4740% safer
Great Cornard70572.3033% safer
Mildenhall79974.1329% safer
Beccles79676.7225% safer
Sudbury1,432103.427% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newmarket

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Newmarket Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour19192225Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.31.80.961.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101011Getting worse
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime3.
Other Theft1314106Safer
Possession of Weapons1.20.781.10.84Safer
Public Order79910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime894.06Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29343640Getting worse

Changes In Newmarket's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newmarket to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7142% safer
Coventry77.4124% safer
Croydon83.2215% safer
Sheffield85.8112% safer
Bristol86.2111% safer
Leicester97.441.6% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Newmarket's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Newmarket & Racecourse82184First

Crime in Newmarket During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newmarket change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Newmarket saw a 500% increase in theft from the person. Newmarket saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 82% compared to July in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-33%-23%+31%+42%+91%-28%+10%+33%-34%+27%
Bicycle Theft--+300%--+50%-50%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+53%-62%--22%+58%--13%-+17%+92%
Other Crime-----50%+200%-50%---
Other Theft-32%-79%-36%-27%-56%+22%-29%+18%-50%-64%
Possession of Weapons-67%--+50%------50%
Public Order-29%-13%-36%+33%-50%+35%-20%+88%+129%+14%
Theft From the Person+500%---33%--+50%+200%--67%
Vehicle Crime-17%-40%-50%+100%-+100%+233%+71%+133%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences+14%+5%+48%-13%-7%-24%+45%+31%+6%-43%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newmarket

What police force serves Newmarket?
Newmarket's local territorial police force is the Suffolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Newmarket?
Newmarket is the second most dangerous small town in Suffolk.
What is Newmarket's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newmarket are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newmarket?
Newmarket's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021