Crediton Crime Overview

Crediton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crediton in 2020 was 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 1.6% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crediton is the 404th safest small town, and the 2,994th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2018, Crediton was the worst small town in Devon for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2018 was also a bad month for Crediton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.88 per 1,000 residents. Crediton recorded 16 reports of vehicle crime during October 2018, making its crime rate of 2.0 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Crediton are violence and sexual offences, with 196 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 1.5% higher than 2019's figure of 193 offences and a difference of 0.38 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Crediton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Crediton Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Crediton This Year

 CreditonDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20225.4928,25923.548% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.134390.37185% safer
Burglary283.532,6442.2038% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson668.338,1196.7619% more dangerous
Drugs131.643,3132.7668% safer
Other Crime50.631,6151.35114% safer
Other Theft334.164,3703.6412% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.508390.7040% safer
Public Order344.294,8414.036% more dangerous
Robbery20.253870.3228% safer
Shoplifting70.882,8972.41174% safer
Vehicle Crime111.392,2621.8835% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19624.7329,57324.640.36% more dangerous

Crediton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dawlish63641.8221% safer
Honiton48243.0217% safer
Axminster34344.7813% safer
Brixham77345.5211% safer
Tiverton1,05446.987% safer
Crediton40050.47-
Bideford1,08759.3915% more dangerous
Totnes50861.8818% more dangerous
Ilfracombe72063.8021% more dangerous
Barnstaple1,98381.0338% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Crediton

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Recent Crimes in Crediton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thurlow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bowden HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Down EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dean StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dean StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Town ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchill DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dean StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Other theftOn or near Down EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanbury CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanbury CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanbury CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parliament StreetOffender given a caution
July 2021Public orderOn or near Union TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Theft from the personOn or near Union TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Union TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Union TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect

Crediton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20191425Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.500.250.250.13Safer
Burglary52.83.53.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson74.798Getting worse
Drugs1.10.500.881.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.11.40.63Safer
Other Theft4.9554.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.500.130.380.50Getting worse
Public Order3.74.254.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.130.130.25Getting worse
Shoplifting4.23.83.50.88Safer
Vehicle Crime2.94.22.51.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20252425Getting worse

Changes In Crediton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Crediton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Crediton50.47-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4135% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8751% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2853% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Crediton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Crediton39450First

Crime in Crediton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Crediton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Crediton saw a 1,000% increase in anti-social behaviour. Crediton saw a large fall in burglary during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+10%+32%+480%+189%+57%+21%+88%+30%+243%+1,000%
Burglary-+250%--+100%+100%-50%--20%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson--11%-36%-25%-20%-43%-50%+150%+267%-20%
Drugs----------
Other Theft-25%-50%-60%+250%+200%-50%-20%-50%-+100%
Public Order--50%-60%-71%-+700%--67%+300%+100%
Shoplifting--------+67%-
Vehicle Crime-+100%-------67%-
Violence and Sexual Offences---13%+6%+8%-26%-10%-6%+6%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Crediton

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021