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Crime and Safety in Newmarket

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Newmarket is the second most dangerous small towns in Suffolk, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 461 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newmarket in 2021 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newmarket is the 96th most dangerous small town, and the 642nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Newmarket was the worst small town in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Newmarket residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Newmarket recorded 7 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst small town for drugs in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Newmarket are violence and sexual offences, with 681 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 3.2% higher than 2020's figure of 659 offences and a difference of 1.33 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Newmarket's least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 18% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Newmarket 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Suffolk

27% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

21% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newmarket is 27% higher than the East of England and 21% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newmarket Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Newmarket 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 Newmarket

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021971,610
2020961,591
2019931,549
20181111,836
20171061,764
2016811,348

Crime in Newmarket Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Newmarket This Year

 NewmarketSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20112.118,79211.54 4.7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft211.275570.73 43% more dangerous
Burglary583.491,9802.60 26% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1348.075,1486.76 16% more dangerous
Drugs583.491,4841.95 44% more dangerous
Other Crime331.991,1371.49 25% more dangerous
Other Theft1509.043,5134.61 49% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons211.274450.58 54% more dangerous
Public Order1358.135,4367.14 12% more dangerous
Robbery110.662610.34 48% more dangerous
Shoplifting17910.782,3693.11 71% more dangerous
Theft From the Person221.333210.42 68% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1076.452,1612.84 56% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences68141.0323,42330.75 25% more dangerous

Newmarket Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Cornard61563.0754% safer
Woodbridge50463.8352% safer
Brandon61465.7248% safer
Mildenhall73668.2842% safer
Beccles83880.7720% safer
Newmarket1,61096.99-
Sudbury1,34797.280.30% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newmarket

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Recent Crimes in Newmarket

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near New Cheveley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near All Saints RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Melton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Munnings CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lester Piggott WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near The HamiltonsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Exeter RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Frampton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Oaks DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Cheveley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Kingston PassageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near FreshfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Cheveley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Permian CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Exning RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Newmarket Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19222512 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.80.961.61.3 Safer
Burglary7553.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010118 Safer
Drugs3.73.93.43.5 Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.31.42.0 Getting worse
Other Theft141069 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.781.10.841.3 Getting worse
Public Order99108 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.20.780.66 Safer
Shoplifting169811 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.41.11.81.3 Safer
Vehicle Crime94.066 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34364041 Getting worse

Changes In Newmarket's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newmarket to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0845% safer
Croydon82.4818% safer
Sheffield90.058% safer
Bristol90.527% safer
Newmarket96.99-
Coventry102.245% more dangerous
Leicester111.5913% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0621% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6425% more dangerous
Bradford132.2827% more dangerous
Leeds150.9436% more dangerous

Crime in Newmarket's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Newmarket & Racecourse84086First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%-23%+31%+42%+91%-28%+10%+33%-34%+27%
Bicycle Theft--+300%--+50%-50%+100%--
Burglary-20%-57%+25%-40%-82%-63%+50%+160%+100%-14%
Criminal Damage and Arson+53%-62%--22%+58%--13%-+17%+92%
Drugs-25%-40%-13%-75%+167%--57%-43%+75%-63%
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%
Robbery---67%------+200%
Shoplifting--45%+200%-57%-68%+33%-47%-17%+120%+50%
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).

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