Honiton Crime Overview

Honiton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Honiton in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Honiton is the 289th safest small town, and the 3,922nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Honiton was the worst small town in Devon for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.54 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Honiton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.45 per 1,000 residents. Honiton recorded 3 reports of vehicle crime during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Honiton are violence and sexual offences, with 221 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 25% lower than 2019's figure of 277 offences and a difference of 5.00 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Honiton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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See how Honiton shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Honiton and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Honiton Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Honiton This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20117.9428,25923.5431% safer
Bicycle Theft10.094390.37311% safer
Burglary252.232,6442.201.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson645.718,1196.7618% safer
Drugs312.773,3132.760.36% more dangerous
Other Crime232.051,6151.3534% more dangerous
Other Theft322.864,3703.6427% safer
Possession of Weapons90.808390.7012% more dangerous
Public Order353.124,8414.0329% safer
Shoplifting221.962,8972.4123% safer
Vehicle Crime191.702,2621.8811% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22119.7329,57324.6425% safer

Honiton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ivybridge35129.8544% safer
Kingsteignton37833.2729% safer
Cullompton37236.3518% safer
Teignmouth61740.397% safer
Dawlish63641.822.9% safer
Axminster34344.783.9% more dangerous
Brixham77345.525% more dangerous
Tiverton1,05446.988% more dangerous
Crediton40050.4715% more dangerous
Bideford1,08759.3928% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Honiton

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Honiton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21181918Safer
Bicycle Theft0.450.360.540.09Safer
Burglary2. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson4.5676Safer
Drugs0.891.21.32.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.90.892.0Getting worse
Other Theft4.064.62.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.360.980.80Getting worse
Public Order3.
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences18222520Safer

Changes In Honiton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Honiton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0268% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% more dangerous

Crime in Honiton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Honiton North & East35759First
Honiton South & West13024Second

Crime in Honiton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Honiton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Honiton saw a 350% increase in drugs. Honiton saw a large fall in public order during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+63%-13%-26%-19%-53%+60%-32%+33%-+67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+38%--25%--33%+200%+29%-60%-17%-25%
Other Crime--------+50%-
Other Theft-14%+200%+33%-33%-57%-33%--33%-75%-
Possession of Weapons-----+100%----
Public Order+100%-88%-33%+200%-60%-25%+133%-40%-71%-75%
Vehicle Crime-----50%+100%+200%-67%-+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%+63%-10%-42%-27%-16%-47%-28%-27%-50%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Honiton

What police force serves Honiton?
Honiton's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Honiton?
Honiton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Devon.
What is Honiton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Honiton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Honiton?
Honiton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021