Braunton Crime Overview

Braunton is the safest small town in Devon, and is the 201st most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Braunton in 2020 was 23 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 126% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Braunton is the 54th safest small town, and the 3,268th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Braunton was the worst small town in Devon for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for Braunton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Braunton recorded 1 report of bicycle theft during January 2016, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Braunton are violence and sexual offences, with 79 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 9. This is 33% lower than 2019's figure of 105 offences and a difference of 3.12 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Braunton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 700% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Braunton Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Braunton This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12515.0128,25923.5457% safer
Bicycle Theft10.124390.37208% safer
Burglary131.562,6442.2041% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson354.208,1196.7661% safer
Drugs91.083,3132.76156% safer
Other Crime30.361,6151.35275% safer
Other Theft161.924,3703.6490% safer
Possession of Weapons30.368390.7094% safer
Public Order192.284,8414.0377% safer
Robbery10.123870.32167% safer
Shoplifting30.362,8972.41569% safer
Theft From the Person10.122750.2392% safer
Vehicle Crime60.722,2621.88161% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences799.4929,57324.64160% safer

Braunton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Broad Clyst21625.019% more dangerous
Fremington29725.1110% more dangerous
Ottery St. Mary24425.6612% more dangerous
Bovey Tracey21327.3617% more dangerous
Seaton20827.6018% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Braunton

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Braunton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour169715Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.720.120.960.12Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson64.264.2Safer
Other Crime0.600.720.360.36Safer
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0. worse
Public Order1. worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) change
Vehicle Crime0.361.90.480.72Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences911139Safer

Changes In Braunton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Braunton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7166% more dangerous
Coventry77.4171% more dangerous
Croydon83.2273% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8174% more dangerous
Bristol86.2174% more dangerous
Leicester97.4477% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8778% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2879% more dangerous
Bradford133.0283% more dangerous
Leeds137.1083% more dangerous

Crime in Braunton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Braunton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Braunton saw a 1,300% increase in anti-social behaviour. Braunton saw a large fall in other theft during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+150%+80%+129%+450%+1,300%+114%+167%-71%+300%+25%
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-33%-75%-60%---50%--67%-
Other Theft-----33%-40%--80%--
Public Order-50%----50%+100%+400%--+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-50%-75%-14%+100%+30%-50%+20%-44%-30%+33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Braunton

What police force serves Braunton?
Braunton's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Braunton?
Braunton is the safest small town in Devon.
What is Braunton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Braunton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Braunton?
Braunton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021