Exmouth Crime Overview

Exmouth is the safest medium-sized town in Devon, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Exmouth in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 18% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Exmouth is the 22nd safest medium-sized town, and the 3,823rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Exmouth was the worst medium-sized town in Devon for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Exmouth residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Exmouth recorded 4 reports of other crime during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Exmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 785 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 2.5% lower than 2019's figure of 805 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Exmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 467% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Exmouth This Year

 ExmouthDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour85123.8228,25923.541.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft180.504390.3726% more dangerous
Burglary511.432,6442.2054% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2587.228,1196.766% more dangerous
Drugs742.073,3132.7633% safer
Other Crime260.731,6151.3585% safer
Other Theft1002.804,3703.6430% safer
Possession of Weapons170.488390.7046% safer
Public Order1353.784,8414.037% safer
Robbery110.313870.323.2% safer
Shoplifting451.262,8972.4191% safer
Theft From the Person30.082750.23188% safer
Vehicle Crime350.982,2621.8892% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences78521.9729,57324.6412% safer

Crime in Exmouth Compared To Devon

Exmouth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Exmouth1,55843.61-
Newton Abbot1,62360.8928% more dangerous
Torquay5,167101.1957% more dangerous

Exmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23212024Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.870.640.50Safer
Burglary2.82.52.41.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10997Safer
Drugs1.31.42.42.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.980.670.73Safer
Other Theft654.12.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.450.420.48Getting worse
Public Order3.34.24.93.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.420.480.31Safer
Shoplifting553.71.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.310.480.08Safer
Vehicle Crime2.72.31.70.98Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20252322Safer

Changes In Exmouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Exmouth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Exmouth43.61-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Exmouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Exmouth Brixington14322Fifth
Exmouth Halsdon18226Fourth
Exmouth Littleham34246Second
Exmouth Town56576First
Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh32644Third

Exmouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourExmouth Brixington (68)Exmouth Town (303)
Bicycle TheftExmouth Halsdon (2)Exmouth Town (10)
BurglaryExmouth Brixington (1)Exmouth Town (17)
Criminal Damage and ArsonExmouth Brixington (19)Exmouth Town (90)
DrugsExmouth Brixington (6)Exmouth Town (34)
Other CrimeExmouth Halsdon (2)Exmouth Brixington (7)
Other TheftExmouth Halsdon (8)Exmouth Town (41)
Possession of WeaponsExmouth Withycombe Raleigh (3)Exmouth Town (7)
Public OrderExmouth Brixington (14)Exmouth Town (45)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh (1)Exmouth Town (4)
ShopliftingExmouth Brixington (1)Exmouth Town (25)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Exmouth Littleham (1)Exmouth Town (1)
Vehicle CrimeExmouth Brixington (2)Exmouth Town (14)
Violence and Sexual OffencesExmouth Halsdon (89)Exmouth Town (271)

Crime in Exmouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Exmouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Exmouth saw a 300% increase in other crime. Exmouth saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Exmouth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+30%+88%+66%+82%+4%+14%-25%+24%+10%
Bicycle Theft----67%-67%-+67%---
Burglary-89%-92%-25%+20%-25%-50%-50%-25%-71%-80%
Criminal Damage and Arson--10%+6%-14%-38%-9%-4%-65%--9%
Drugs-86%+233%-8%-54%-25%+20%+14%+60%+100%-67%
Other Crime+300%+100%--33%--60%----
Other Theft+13%-92%-42%-29%+55%-65%+8%-59%-50%-33%
Possession of Weapons--50%----50%--+300%-
Public Order+27%-48%-63%-13%+5%-36%+22%-38%--
Robbery+100%-67%---50%-67%+50%---
Shoplifting-50%-87%-71%-50%--58%--71%-56%+33%
Theft From the Person--------50%--
Vehicle Crime-43%-57%-83%+133%+100%--50%-80%-71%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-37%-17%+10%-1%-10%+22%+7%-7%+31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Exmouth

What police force serves Exmouth?
Exmouth's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Exmouth?
Exmouth is the safest medium-sized town in Devon.
What is Exmouth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Exmouth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Exmouth?
Exmouth's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021