Crime in Devon

Devon is among the top 10 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Devon in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 25 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.

Crime Map of Devon

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Devon Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour28,25923.54
Bicycle Theft4390.37
Burglary2,6442.20
Criminal Damage and Arson8,1196.76
Drugs3,3132.76
Other Crime1,6151.35
Other Theft4,3703.64
Possession of Weapons8390.70
Public Order4,8414.03
Robbery3870.32
Shoplifting2,8972.41
Theft From the Person2750.23
Vehicle Crime2,2621.88
Violence and Sexual Offences29,57324.64

Devon's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Devon
Axminster3434515% safer
Barnstaple1,9838137% more dangerous
Bideford1,0875914% more dangerous
Bovey Tracey2132788% safer
Braunton18923126% safer
Brixham7734613% safer
Broad Clyst21625105% safer
Crediton400501.6% safer
Cullompton3723641% safer
Dawlish6364223% safer
Exeter8,0586420% more dangerous
Exmouth1,5584418% safer
Fremington29725104% safer
Honiton4824319% safer
Ilfracombe7206420% more dangerous
Ivybridge3513072% safer
Kingsteignton3783354% safer
Newton Abbot1,6236116% more dangerous
Northam3482884% safer
Ottery St. Mary24426100% safer
Paignton3,9906014% more dangerous
Plymouth20,1357632% more dangerous
Seaton2082886% safer
Sidmouth4232976% safer
Tavistock3702974% safer
Teignmouth6174027% safer
Tiverton1,054479% safer
Torquay5,16710149% more dangerous
Totnes5086217% more dangerous

Crime Trends in Devon

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26232024Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.600.620.520.37Safer
Burglary3.53.02.82.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8887Safer
Drugs2.12.32.52.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.31.31.4Getting worse
Other Theft664.83.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.530.640.70Getting worse
Public Order3.74.14.24.0Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.370.400.32Safer
Shoplifting4.54.53.72.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.480.470.23Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.22.61.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22262525Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021