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.
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Small Towns, Devon
30% lower, regional crime rate
61% lower, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
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.
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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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||89||11.62||23,779||19.81||70% safer|
|Bicycle Theft||1||0.13||336||0.28||115% safer|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||38||4.96||7,956||6.63||34% safer|
|Other Crime||7||0.91||1,709||1.42||56% safer|
|Other Theft||22||2.87||4,111||3.43||20% safer|
|Possession of Weapons||12||1.57||777||0.65||59% more dangerous|
|Public Order||29||3.79||5,058||4.21||11% safer|
|Vehicle Crime||16||2.09||2,019||1.68||20% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||189||24.68||31,910||26.59||8% safer|
|Small Town||Total Crimes||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Dawlish||720||47.34||4.6% more dangerous|
|Totnes||396||48.24||6% more dangerous|
|Bideford||938||51.25||12% more dangerous|
|Tiverton||1,251||55.76||19% more dangerous|
|Ilfracombe||696||61.67||27% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Bonners Glen||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Weycroft Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near The Cricketers||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Drugs||On or near B3261||Local resolution|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near West Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Church Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near West Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|February 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Foxhill||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Prestor||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Swain Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|February 2022||Public order||On or near Police Station||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Public order||On or near Lyme Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Axe Valley Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Dommett Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|February 2022||Other theft||On or near Ingleside||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|January 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Foxhill||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|January 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Prestor||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|January 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Pig Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|January 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Lyme Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||9||10||4.6||5.0||Safer|
|Possession of Weapons||0.39||0.65||0.26||1.6||Getting worse|
|Public Order||4.0||3.8||3.9||3.8||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.13||-||-||0.26||Getting worse|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||23||22||23||25||Getting worse|
|Small Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Birmingham||49.60||9% more dangerous|
|Barnet||67.08||33% more dangerous|
|Croydon||82.48||45% more dangerous|
|Sheffield||90.03||50% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||50% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||60% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||63% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||66% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||70% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-43%||-80%||+17%||-43%||-86%||-||-75%||-17%||-67%||-|
|Possession of Weapons||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+23%||-25%||+73%||-13%||-24%||+78%||+8%||+8%||-28%||-11%|