Dawlish Crime Overview

Dawlish is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dawlish in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 23% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dawlish is the 275th safest small town, and the 4,108th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2019, Dawlish was the worst small town in Devon for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2018 was also a bad month for Dawlish residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Dawlish recorded 7 reports of vehicle crime during June 2018, making its crime rate of 0.46 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Dawlish are violence and sexual offences, with 360 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 408 offences and a difference of 3.16 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Dawlish's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Dawlish Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Dawlish This Year

 DawlishDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31320.5828,25923.5414% safer
Bicycle Theft40.264390.3742% safer
Burglary201.322,6442.2067% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson724.738,1196.7643% safer
Drugs181.183,3132.76134% safer
Other Crime120.791,6151.3571% safer
Other Theft291.914,3703.6491% safer
Possession of Weapons130.858390.7018% more dangerous
Public Order674.414,8414.039% more dangerous
Robbery60.393870.3218% more dangerous
Shoplifting271.782,8972.4135% safer
Theft From the Person10.072750.23229% safer
Vehicle Crime70.462,2621.88309% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36023.6729,57324.644.1% safer

Dawlish Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tavistock37029.4942% safer
Ivybridge35129.8540% safer
Kingsteignton37833.2726% safer
Cullompton37236.3515% safer
Teignmouth61740.393.5% safer
Dawlish63641.82-
Honiton48243.022.8% more dangerous
Axminster34344.787% more dangerous
Brixham77345.528% more dangerous
Tiverton1,05446.9811% more dangerous
Crediton40050.4717% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dawlish

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Recent Crimes in Dawlish

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near MorningsideUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near MorningsideUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MorningsideUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Elm Grove CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Leigham CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leigham CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leigham CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Commercial RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Pine Tree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Underwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mount Pleasant RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Piermont PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Beach RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near LonglandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Barton CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Exeter RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Dawlish Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25161621Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.130.260.26No change
Burglary3.01.12.01.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9864.7Safer
Drugs0.850.850.591.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.851.30.590.79Safer
Other Theft4.34.33.61.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.390.330.85Getting worse
Public Order2.83.054.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.33-0.39Getting worse
Shoplifting2.90.461.71.8Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.330.460.390.07Safer
Vehicle Crime1.82.11.00.46Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17212724Getting worse

Changes In Dawlish's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dawlish to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Dawlish41.82-
Barnet67.7138% more dangerous
Coventry77.4146% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8151% more dangerous
Bristol86.2151% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8759% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% more dangerous

Crime in Dawlish's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dawlish North34440Second
Dawlish South29344First

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021