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Crime and Safety in Axminster

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Axminster is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Axminster in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Axminster is the 271st safest small town, and the 3,853rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Axminster was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for possession of weapons, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.91 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Axminster residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Axminster recorded 4 reports of vehicle crime during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.52 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for vehicle crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Axminster are violence and sexual offences, with 189 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 176 offences and a difference of 1.70 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Axminster's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Axminster 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Devon

30% lower, regional crime rate

South West

61% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Axminster is 30% lower than the South West and 61% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Axminster Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Axminster 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: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Axminster

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145346
202045343
201962474
201861467
201745348
201638288

Crime in Axminster Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Axminster This Year

 AxminsterDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8911.6223,77919.81 70% safer
Bicycle Theft10.133360.28 115% safer
Burglary60.782,1141.76 126% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson384.967,9566.63 34% safer
Drugs91.182,9292.44 107% safer
Other Crime70.911,7091.42 56% safer
Other Theft222.874,1113.43 20% safer
Possession of Weapons121.577770.65 59% more dangerous
Public Order293.795,0584.21 11% safer
Robbery20.263800.32 23% safer
Shoplifting151.962,9322.44 24% safer
Vehicle Crime162.092,0191.68 20% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences18924.6831,91026.59 8% safer

Axminster Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tavistock49039.0616% safer
Brixham67339.6314% safer
Honiton47142.047% safer
Cullompton45644.561.4% safer
Crediton35745.050.29% safer
Axminster34645.18-
Dawlish72047.344.6% more dangerous
Totnes39648.246% more dangerous
Bideford93851.2512% more dangerous
Tiverton1,25155.7619% more dangerous
Ilfracombe69661.6727% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Axminster

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Recent Crimes in Axminster

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bonners GlenUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Weycroft AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CricketersUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near B3261Local resolution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FoxhillUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near PrestorUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swain CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Lyme StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Axe Valley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dommett CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near InglesideUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FoxhillUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near PrestorInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pig LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lyme StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Axminster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29192212 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.650.390.130.13 Safer
Burglary53.72.60.78 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9104.65.0 Safer
Drugs1.43.13.11.2 Safer
Other Crime0.521.40.390.91 Safer
Other Theft74.73.42.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.650.261.6 Getting worse
Public Order4.03.83.93.8 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.13--0.26 Getting worse
Shoplifting781.72.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.43.91.72.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23222325 Getting worse

Changes In Axminster's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Axminster to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9313% safer
Axminster45.18-
Birmingham49.609% more dangerous
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0350% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Axminster's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Axminster38641First

Crime in Axminster During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Axminster change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Axminster saw a 500% increase in burglary. Axminster saw a large fall in shoplifting during March, when it fell by 92% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%-25%-+31%+85%+211%-40%+83%-25%+117%
Burglary+500%+100%--50%-+100%-50%--33%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-80%+17%-43%-86%--75%-17%-67%-
Drugs+300%-75%------50%-67%-
Other Crime----67%---+100%--
Other Theft--71%--25%+150%+200%-+150%--
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+300%---50%-20%+100%-67%-67%+33%-
Shoplifting-92%-75%-88%-----64%--
Vehicle Crime-----50%--50%-+50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-25%+73%-13%-24%+78%+8%+8%-28%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Axminster

What police force serves Axminster?
Axminster's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.

How dangerous is Axminster?
Axminster is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon.

What is Axminster's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Axminster are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Axminster?
Axminster's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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