Brixham Crime Overview

Brixham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brixham in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 13% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brixham is the 328th safest small town, and the 3,580th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Brixham was the worst small town in Devon for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Brixham residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Brixham recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Brixham are violence and sexual offences, with 341 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 385 offences and a difference of 2.59 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Brixham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 50% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Brixham Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Brixham This Year

 BrixhamDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36721.6128,25923.549% safer
Bicycle Theft60.354390.376% safer
Burglary492.892,6442.2024% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1217.138,1196.765% more dangerous
Drugs201.183,3132.76134% safer
Other Crime181.061,6151.3527% safer
Other Theft633.714,3703.641.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.538390.7032% safer
Public Order704.124,8414.032.2% more dangerous
Robbery20.123870.32167% safer
Shoplifting442.592,8972.417% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.122750.2392% safer
Vehicle Crime281.652,2621.8814% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34120.0829,57324.6423% safer

Brixham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cullompton37236.3525% safer
Teignmouth61740.3913% safer
Dawlish63641.829% safer
Honiton48243.026% safer
Axminster34344.781.7% safer
Brixham77345.52-
Tiverton1,05446.983.1% more dangerous
Crediton40050.4710% more dangerous
Bideford1,08759.3923% more dangerous
Totnes50861.8826% more dangerous
Ilfracombe72063.8029% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brixham

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Recent Crimes in Brixham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ranscombe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glenmore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near Castor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Penpethy CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North View RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Briseham CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021BurglaryOn or near Parkham GladeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Milton FieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elkins HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mount RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Barnfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Apters HillUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rose Acre TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lower Rea RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Rose Acre TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Bonair CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Higher PennUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elizabeth AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Horsepool StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Brixham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22211822Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.350.120.180.35Getting worse
Burglary2.91.92.52.9Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson8877Safer
Drugs1.91.81.61.2Safer
Other Crime1.21.10.651.1Getting worse
Other Theft4.04.43.43.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.290.590.53Getting worse
Public Order3.53.52.84.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.060.060.12Getting worse
Shoplifting2.11.02.32.6Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.240.180.12Safer
Vehicle Crime1.50.711.41.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18232320Safer

Changes In Brixham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brixham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Brixham45.52-
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4141% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Brixham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brixham Town47851First
Higher Brixham29539Second

Crime in Brixham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brixham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Brixham saw a 500% increase in shoplifting. Brixham saw a large fall in drugs during March, when it fell by 80% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+12%+92%+240%+31%+75%+10%-61%-+50%
Burglary+100%-43%-+33%+100%-33%+300%-75%-50%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+260%+40%-+100%+13%+13%-9%---8%
Drugs-80%-25%-+50%+50%-50%---75%-50%
Other Crime--+100%+100%--+200%--+50%
Other Theft+20%+50%-80%-+67%+38%-33%-+25%+20%
Possession of Weapons-67%-----50%----
Public Order+125%-50%+400%+20%-+200%+86%+67%-40%+200%
Shoplifting+500%--50%+67%-50%--80%-50%+50%-
Vehicle Crime---67%-+500%+50%+100%+100%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences--4%-35%-12%--5%+4%-48%+3%-21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brixham

What police force serves Brixham?
Brixham's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Brixham?
Brixham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon.
What is Brixham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brixham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brixham?
Brixham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021