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Crime and Safety in Bideford

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Bideford is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bideford in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 1.7% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bideford is the 360th safest small town, and the 3,074th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Bideford was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for criminal damage and arson, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.98 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Bideford residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Bideford recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Bideford are violence and sexual offences, with 535 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 1.7% higher than 2020's figure of 526 offences and a difference of 0.49 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Bideford's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Bideford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Devon

15% lower, regional crime rate

South West

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bideford is 15% lower than the South West and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bideford Crime Rate Over Time

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Bideford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bideford 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 Bideford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202151938
2020591,087
2019741,350
2018741,360
2017621,127
201651936

Crime in Bideford Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Bideford This Year

 BidefordDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour42523.2223,77919.81 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.163360.28 75% safer
Burglary160.872,1141.76 102% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1266.887,9566.63 3.6% more dangerous
Drugs382.082,9292.44 17% safer
Other Crime140.761,7091.42 87% safer
Other Theft542.954,1113.43 16% safer
Possession of Weapons110.607770.65 8% safer
Public Order794.325,0584.21 2.5% more dangerous
Shoplifting432.352,9322.44 3.8% safer
Theft From the Person40.223120.26 18% safer
Vehicle Crime150.822,0191.68 105% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences53529.2331,91026.59 9% more dangerous

Bideford Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cullompton45644.5615% safer
Crediton35745.0514% safer
Axminster34645.1813% safer
Dawlish72047.348% safer
Totnes39648.246% safer
Bideford93851.25-
Tiverton1,25155.768% more dangerous
Ilfracombe69661.6717% more dangerous
Barnstaple2,25091.9544% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bideford

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Recent Crimes in Bideford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pynes LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Heathfield RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ColdharbourUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Chubb RoadOffender given a caution
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High Park CloseOffender given a caution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Willet StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Southfield RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bull HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Pollards PlaceOffender given a caution
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meddon StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Southfield RoadLocal resolution
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near New StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bideford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27242723 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.330.330.160.16 Safer
Burglary2.11.61.90.87 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101097 Safer
Drugs2.73.73.22.1 Safer
Other Crime1.31.31.20.76 Safer
Other Theft74.83.63.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.711.10.60 Getting worse
Public Order4.74.34.54.3 Getting worse
Shoplifting14124.22.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.160.220.050.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.41.61.80.82 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29322929 Getting worse

Changes In Bideford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bideford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bideford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pollyfield3---211.5

Comparing Bideford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9328% safer
Birmingham49.603.3% safer
Bideford51.25-
Barnet67.0824% more dangerous
Croydon82.4838% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0343% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Bideford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bideford North42671First

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 bicycle theft.

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