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Devon Crime Statistics

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Devon is among the top 10 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Devon in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 27 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Devon's larger towns and cities, Torquay is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Plymouth, and Exeter comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Devon, starting with Exmouth which ranks as the safest area in Devon, followed up by Paignton in second place, and Newton Abbot in third place.

Devon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Devon represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 09 Apr, 2021

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Devon Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour23,77919.81
Bicycle Theft3360.28
Burglary2,1141.76
Criminal Damage and Arson7,9566.63
Drugs2,9292.44
Other Crime1,7091.42
Other Theft4,1113.43
Possession of Weapons7770.65
Public Order5,0584.21
Robbery3800.32
Shoplifting2,9322.44
Theft From the Person3120.26
Vehicle Crime2,0191.68
Violence and Sexual Offences31,91026.59

Devon's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Devon
Axminster34645 15% safer
Barnstaple2,25092 43% more dangerous
Bideford93851 1.7% safer
Bovey Tracey21227 91% safer
Braunton20124 116% safer
Brixham67340 31% safer
Broad Clyst27031 67% safer
Crediton35745 16% safer
Cullompton45645 17% safer
Dawlish72047 10% safer
Exeter8,50368 23% more dangerous
Exmouth1,56344 19% safer
Fremington39633 56% safer
Honiton47142 24% safer
Ilfracombe69662 16% more dangerous
Ivybridge34429 78% safer
Kingsteignton37833 57% safer
Newton Abbot1,72565 19% more dangerous
Northam31926 104% safer
Ottery St. Mary27329 82% safer
Paignton4,10961 15% more dangerous
Plymouth19,42873 29% more dangerous
Seaton21128 86% safer
Sidmouth43730 73% safer
Tavistock49039 33% safer
Teignmouth56337 41% safer
Tiverton1,25156 7% more dangerous
Torquay5,354105 50% more dangerous
Totnes39648 8% safer

Crime Trends in Devon

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23202420 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.620.520.370.28 Safer
Burglary3.02.82.21.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8877 Safer
Drugs2.32.52.82.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.31.41.4 Getting worse
Other Theft64.83.63.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.640.700.65 Getting worse
Public Order4.14.24.04.2 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.400.320.32 Safer
Shoplifting4.53.72.42.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.470.230.26 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.22.61.91.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26252527 Getting worse
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