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Crime and Safety in Exeter

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Exeter is the most dangerous major town in Devon, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Exeter in 2021 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Exeter is the 27th safest major town, and the 1,682nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Exeter had the worst crime rate in Devon for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Exeter residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 37 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Exeter recorded 8 reports of robbery during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst for robbery in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Exeter are violence and sexual offences, with 3,928 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 3,580 offences and a difference of 2.77 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Exeter's least common crime is robbery, with 62 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 29% from 2020's figure of 44 crimes.

Exeter 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Devon

13% higher, regional crime rate

South West

13% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Exeter is 13% higher than the South West and 13% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Exeter Crime Rate Over Time

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Exeter Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Exeter represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Exeter

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021688,503
2020648,060
2019769,517
20188010,094
2017749,325
2016678,467

Crime in Exeter Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Exeter This Year

 ExeterDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,61428.7223,77919.81 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft960.763360.28 63% more dangerous
Burglary2371.882,1141.76 6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9757.757,9566.63 14% more dangerous
Drugs4583.642,9292.44 33% more dangerous
Other Crime5274.191,7091.42 66% more dangerous
Other Theft6244.964,1113.43 31% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons980.787770.65 17% more dangerous
Public Order7055.605,0584.21 25% more dangerous
Robbery620.493800.32 35% more dangerous
Shoplifting5164.102,9322.44 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person620.493120.26 47% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2151.712,0191.68 1.8% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,92831.2231,91026.59 15% more dangerous

Exeter Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Paignton4,10961.4510% safer
Exeter8,50367.58-

Crime Over Time in Exeter

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Recent Crimes in Exeter

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Melbourne PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near May StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wynford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Alford CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowhay LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Richmond RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Victoria Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near College RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wonford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King Arthur'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chestnut AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Prince'S Street WestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wellington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Queen'S TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect

Exeter Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30263129 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.11.80.990.76 Safer
Burglary3.12.92.11.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10978 Safer
Drugs4.43.73.83.6 Safer
Other Crime1.61.93.74.2 Getting worse
Other Theft974.45.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.740.910.940.78 Getting worse
Public Order6666 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.600.680.350.49 Safer
Shoplifting773.14.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.810.480.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.32.51.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32302831 Getting worse

Changes In Exeter's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Exeter's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Exeter that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cowick Barton Playing Field1111-321.8
Hamlin Lane Playing Field1121-502.2
Heavitree Pleasure Ground-----20.23

Comparing Exeter to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.080.75% safer
Exeter67.58-
Croydon82.4818% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0525% more dangerous
Bristol90.5225% more dangerous
Coventry102.2434% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6448% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Exeter's Neighbourhoods

Central Exeter is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Exeter, followed by Middlemoor & Sowton in second place, and Wonford & St Loye's as the third most dangerous area. Exeter's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Exwick & Foxhayes, Heavitree West & Polsloe, and St Thomas West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alphington & Marsh Barton47264Seventh
Central Exeter2,289189First
Exwick & Foxhayes2913811th
Heavitree East & Whipton South48965Sixth
Heavitree West & Polsloe37043Tenth
Middlemoor & Sowton1,00680Second
Pinhoe & Whipton North48852Eighth
St James's Park & Hoopern72776Fourth
St Leonard's31847Ninth
St Thomas East54767Fifth
St Thomas West2413312th
Wonford & St Loye's65078Third

Exeter Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Exeter for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSt Thomas West (78)Central Exeter (1,332)
Bicycle TheftSt Thomas West (1)Central Exeter (41)
BurglaryExwick & Foxhayes (2)Central Exeter (60)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSt Thomas West (25)Central Exeter (251)
DrugsSt Thomas West (6)Central Exeter (164)
Other CrimeHeavitree West & Polsloe (3)Middlemoor & Sowton (355)
Other TheftExwick & Foxhayes (12)Central Exeter (167)
Possession of WeaponsSt Thomas West (1)Central Exeter (38)
Public OrderSt Thomas West (17)Central Exeter (228)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Pinhoe & Whipton North (1)Central Exeter (27)
ShopliftingExwick & Foxhayes (4)Central Exeter (208)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wonford & St Loye's (1)Central Exeter (32)
Vehicle CrimeSt Thomas West (5)St Leonard's (23)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHeavitree West & Polsloe (152)Central Exeter (1,024)

Crime in Exeter During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Exeter change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Exeter saw a 258% increase in other crime. Exeter saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019. Rates of bicycle theft and criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Exeter's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+28%+28%+7%+27%+10%+12%+40%+58%+39%
Bicycle Theft-79%-54%-71%-22%-36%-33%-63%-60%-56%+17%
Burglary-50%-37%--43%-20%+26%-37%-24%-52%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson-26%-36%-36%-20%-15%+14%-14%-25%-35%-14%
Drugs-11%+32%-36%-12%+13%+7%-22%+54%+108%+66%
Other Crime+71%+229%+200%+258%+60%+11%+27%+96%+71%+90%
Other Theft-41%-53%-51%-42%-35%-19%-42%-39%-47%-9%
Possession of Weapons+33%-62%+31%+8%-33%-50%+83%-+40%+83%
Public Order-11%+44%-31%-19%-7%+35%-11%-10%-15%-
Robbery-40%-82%--22%+14%-73%+33%-45%-60%-33%
Shoplifting-63%-83%-70%-67%-61%-69%-27%-43%-53%-61%
Theft From the Person-50%-80%-63%--73%+33%--56%-22%-43%
Vehicle Crime-13%-19%+26%-41%-21%-40%-65%-26%+17%-8%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-9%-18%-24%+1%+1%-8%-10%-9%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Exeter

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

How dangerous is Exeter?
Exeter is the most dangerous major town in Devon.

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

What is the least common crime in Exeter?
Exeter's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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