Bovey Tracey Crime Overview

Bovey Tracey is among the top 5 safest small towns in Devon, and is the 145th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bovey Tracey in 2020 was 27 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 88% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bovey Tracey is the 92nd safest small town, and the 4,343rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2017, Bovey Tracey was the worst small town in Devon for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2017 was also a bad month for Bovey Tracey residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for vehicle crime, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bovey Tracey are violence and sexual offences, with 123 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 110 offences and a difference of 1.67 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Bovey Tracey's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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See how Bovey Tracey shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Bovey Tracey and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Bovey Tracey Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Bovey Tracey This Year

 Bovey TraceyDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8410.7928,25923.54118% safer
Burglary50.642,6442.20244% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson222.838,1196.76139% safer
Drugs70.903,3132.76207% safer
Other Crime111.411,6151.354.3% more dangerous
Other Theft162.054,3703.6478% safer
Possession of Weapons10.138390.70438% safer
Public Order101.284,8414.03215% safer
Robbery10.133870.32146% safer
Shoplifting91.162,8972.41108% safer
Vehicle Crime81.032,2621.8883% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12315.8029,57324.6456% safer

Bovey Tracey Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunton18922.7021% safer
Broad Clyst21625.019% safer
Fremington29725.119% safer
Ottery St. Mary24425.667% safer
Bovey Tracey21327.36-
Seaton20827.600.87% more dangerous
Northam34827.891.9% more dangerous
Sidmouth42329.226% more dangerous
Tavistock37029.497% more dangerous
Ivybridge35129.858% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bovey Tracey

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Recent Crimes in Bovey Tracey

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Roundhead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Sharps CrestUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WatersideFormal action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langstone CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near Brimley HaltUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Forbes CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Forbes CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Forbes CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near B3387Investigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near B3387Unable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Fore StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near Fore StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fore StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Sharps CrestUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashburton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Other theftOn or near BroadparkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bovey Tracey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21131111Safer
Burglary3.02.31.50.64Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.14.83.62.8Safer
Drugs0.901.20.640.90No change
Other Crime1.00.900.771.4Getting worse
Other Theft3.74.02.82.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.39-0.390.13Safer
Public Order1.82.01.91.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.26--0.13Safer
Shoplifting4.42.31.31.2Safer
Vehicle Crime4.12.31.81.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12131416Getting worse

Changes In Bovey Tracey's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bovey Tracey's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bovey Tracey that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mill Marsh Park2--1100.41

Comparing Bovey Tracey to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bovey Tracey27.36-
Barnet67.7160% more dangerous
Coventry77.4165% more dangerous
Croydon83.2267% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8168% more dangerous
Bristol86.2168% more dangerous
Leicester97.4472% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8773% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2874% more dangerous
Bradford133.0279% more dangerous
Leeds137.1080% more dangerous

Crime in Bovey Tracey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bovey Tracey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Bovey Tracey saw a 300% increase in public order. Bovey Tracey saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 83% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-58%+10%+117%+33%+33%-57%-40%+43%-38%+250%
Burglary----------67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%--+50%--83%--+100%-
Drugs----------
Other Crime--+100%-------
Other Theft--40%---67%--+200%-33%-
Public Order---+300%-67%-50%-33%-50%--
Shoplifting------50%----
Vehicle Crime--50%--50%---+100%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%+44%-20%+57%-22%-+10%+10%-14%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bovey Tracey

What police force serves Bovey Tracey?
Bovey Tracey's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Bovey Tracey?
Bovey Tracey is among the top 5 safest small towns in Devon.
What is Bovey Tracey's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bovey Tracey are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bovey Tracey?
Bovey Tracey's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021