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Crime and Safety in Dawlish

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Dawlish is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dawlish in 2021 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dawlish is the 309th safest small town, and the 3,577th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Dawlish was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for burglary, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Dawlish residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Dawlish recorded 8 reports of shoplifting during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.53 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for shoplifting in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Dawlish are violence and sexual offences, with 402 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 360 offences and a difference of 2.76 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Dawlish's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Dawlish 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Devon

24% lower, regional crime rate

South West

54% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dawlish is 24% lower than the South West and 54% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dawlish Crime Rate Over Time

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Dawlish Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Dawlish 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 Dawlish

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202147720
202042636
201948734
201844662
201744671
201636552

Crime in Dawlish Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Dawlish This Year

 DawlishDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour22214.6023,77919.81 36% safer
Bicycle Theft10.073360.28 300% safer
Burglary301.972,1141.76 11% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson905.927,9566.63 12% safer
Drugs181.182,9292.44 107% safer
Other Crime80.531,7091.42 168% safer
Other Theft422.764,1113.43 24% safer
Possession of Weapons60.397770.65 67% safer
Public Order583.815,0584.21 10% safer
Robbery30.203800.32 60% safer
Shoplifting432.832,9322.44 14% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.073120.26 271% safer
Vehicle Crime181.182,0191.68 42% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40226.4331,91026.59 0.61% safer

Dawlish Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brixham67339.6319% safer
Honiton47142.0413% safer
Cullompton45644.566% safer
Crediton35745.055% safer
Axminster34645.184.8% safer
Dawlish72047.34-
Totnes39648.241.9% more dangerous
Bideford93851.258% more dangerous
Tiverton1,25155.7615% more dangerous
Ilfracombe69661.6723% more dangerous
Barnstaple2,25091.9549% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dawlish

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Recent Crimes in Dawlish

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Littleweek LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Albert StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Barton CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The StrandInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Williams CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Veryan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gatehouse RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Old Gatehouse RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashcombe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wychwood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Regent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Olive GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beach StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Princes StreetOffender given a caution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Veryan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Olive GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashcombe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Veryan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Dawlish Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16162115 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.130.260.260.07 Safer
Burglary1.12.01.32.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson864.76 Safer
Drugs0.850.591.21.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.590.790.53 Safer
Other Theft4.33.61.92.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.330.850.39 Getting worse
Public Order3.054.43.8 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.33-0.390.20 Safer
Shoplifting0.461.71.82.8 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.390.070.07 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.11.00.461.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21272426 Getting worse

Changes In Dawlish's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dawlish to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9319% safer
Dawlish47.34-
Birmingham49.604.6% more dangerous
Barnet67.0829% more dangerous
Croydon82.4843% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0347% more dangerous
Bristol90.5248% more dangerous
Leicester111.5958% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0662% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Dawlish's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dawlish North37945Second
Dawlish South34151First

Crime in Dawlish During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dawlish change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Dawlish saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Dawlish saw a large fall in public order during October, when it fell by 88% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+15%+52%-23%+8%+38%+71%+129%+127%+50%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-50%-80%-50%--20%+200%-17%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-43%-56%-17%-56%+29%-80%-+22%-43%
Drugs-50%-50%------+400%-
Other Crime-50%---+100%-----
Other Theft-83%-50%-60%-80%-83%-44%-70%--+200%
Possession of Weapons------+100%--+100%
Public Order-50%-86%+20%+100%-9%+67%+167%-88%-50%+100%
Shoplifting-67%-67%---+125%---+700%
Vehicle Crime-67%-50%--50%+100%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-21%-31%-28%-47%-12%+23%+15%+48%+40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dawlish

What police force serves Dawlish?
Dawlish's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.

How dangerous is Dawlish?
Dawlish is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon.

What is Dawlish's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dawlish are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Dawlish?
Dawlish's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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