Crime in Devon

Devon is among the top 10 safest counties in England and Wales. The overall crime rate in Devon in 2020 was 35 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 17 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Devon's larger towns and cities, Barnstaple is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Totnes, and Ilfracombe comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Devon, starting with West Hill which ranks as the safest area in Devon, followed up by Broad Clyst in second place, and Cranbrook in third place.

Crime Map of Devon

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Devon Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour14,16017.08
Bicycle Theft2540.31
Burglary1,3141.59
Criminal Damage and Arson4,0204.85
Drugs1,4721.78
Other Crime9261.12
Other Theft2,2302.69
Possession of Weapons3560.43
Public Order2,4222.92
Robbery1270.15
Shoplifting1,2011.45
Theft From the Person1070.13
Vehicle Crime9921.20
Violence and Sexual Offences13,83616.69

Devon's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Devon
Axminster3194215% more dangerous
Barnstaple1,8037452% more dangerous
Bideford1,0105536% more dangerous
Bovey Tracey2042635% safer
Braunton1722171% safer
Broad Clyst9311228% safer
Cranbrook11914156% safer
Crediton3684624% more dangerous
Cullompton334338% safer
Dawlish566375% more dangerous
Exeter7,6405839% more dangerous
Exmouth1,4354012% more dangerous
Fremington2722354% safer
Honiton4534013% more dangerous
Ilfracombe6615940% more dangerous
Ivybridge3322825% safer
Kingsteignton3443017% safer
Newton Abbot1,4835637% more dangerous
Northam3132541% safer
Ottery St. Mary2052264% safer
Seaton1832445% safer
Sidmouth3922730% safer
Tavistock3542825% safer
Teignmouth570375% more dangerous
Tiverton9684318% more dangerous
Totnes4926041% more dangerous
West Hill202.11580% safer

Crime Trends in Devon

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20181517Safer
Bicycle Theft0.610.590.530.31Safer
Burglary2.82.32.31.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6664.8Safer
Drugs1.71.82.01.8Safer
Other Crime1.01.11.11.1Getting worse
Other Theft554.12.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.380.430.43Getting worse
Public Order2.83.33.42.9Safer
Robbery0.140.230.220.15Safer
Shoplifting3.53.63.01.4Safer
Theft From the Person0.370.330.300.13Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.52.01.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17191917Safer

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021