Bideford Crime Overview

Bideford is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bideford in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bideford is the 325th most dangerous small town, and the 2,151st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Bideford was the worst small town in Devon for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Bideford residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Bideford recorded 9 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.49 the worst small town for drugs in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Bideford are violence and sexual offences, with 526 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 594 offences and a difference of 3.71 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Bideford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bideford This Year

 BidefordDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour49026.7728,25923.5412% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.164390.37131% safer
Burglary341.862,6442.2018% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1608.748,1196.7623% more dangerous
Drugs583.173,3132.7613% more dangerous
Other Crime221.201,6151.3512% safer
Other Theft653.554,3703.642.5% safer
Possession of Weapons201.098390.7036% more dangerous
Public Order834.534,8414.0311% more dangerous
Robbery50.273870.3219% safer
Shoplifting774.212,8972.4143% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.052750.23360% safer
Vehicle Crime331.802,2621.884.4% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52628.7429,57324.6414% more dangerous

Crime in Bideford Compared To Devon

Bideford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Honiton48243.0238% safer
Axminster34344.7833% safer
Brixham77345.5230% safer
Tiverton1,05446.9826% safer
Crediton40050.4718% safer
Bideford1,08759.39-
Totnes50861.884.0% more dangerous
Ilfracombe72063.807% more dangerous
Barnstaple1,98381.0327% more dangerous

Bideford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29272427Safer
Bicycle Theft0.270.330.330.16Safer
Burglary3.22.11.61.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1310109Safer
Drugs2.22.73.73.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.31.31.2Getting worse
Other Theft774.83.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.600.711.1Getting worse
Public Order3.44.74.34.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.050.220.27Getting worse
Shoplifting714124.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.160.220.05Safer
Vehicle Crime1.72.41.61.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22293229Getting worse

Changes In Bideford's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Bideford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bideford59.39-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Bideford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bideford North49082First

Crime in Bideford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bideford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Bideford saw a 700% increase in drugs. Bideford saw a large fall in drugs during July, when it fell by 88% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+31%+12%+48%+10%+15%+22%+60%-30%-8%
Burglary---25%+50%+150%--60%-80%+100%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson--65%+47%-62%+25%+46%-25%-48%-12%-48%
Drugs+33%+200%-50%+100%-88%-29%-50%+100%-10%+700%
Other Crime-+25%-67%--+100%---25%-
Other Theft-33%-40%--50%-38%-56%+40%-+33%-67%
Possession of Weapons-50%-+100%-+100%-+50%---
Public Order-46%--11%--27%+43%+20%+120%+40%-57%
Robbery-----+200%----
Shoplifting-69%--81%-84%-88%+450%+50%+50%--70%
Vehicle Crime+100%---+300%--14%-33%-+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-31%-22%-26%+9%-19%+2%+10%-33%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bideford

What police force serves Bideford?
Bideford's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Bideford?
Bideford is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Devon.
What is Bideford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bideford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bideford?
Bideford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021