Ilfracombe is the second most dangerous small 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 Ilfracombe in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ilfracombe is the 334th most dangerous small town, and the 2,049th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In May 2021, Ilfracombe was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.62 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Ilfracombe residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other theft, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Ilfracombe recorded 9 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.80 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Devon that month.
The most common crimes in Ilfracombe are violence and sexual offences, with 306 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 15% lower than 2020's figure of 352 offences and a difference of 4.08 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Ilfracombe's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021.
Second Most Dangerous
Small Towns, Devon
4.8% higher, regional crime rate
18% lower, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Ilfracombe is 4.8% higher than the South West and 18% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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Incidents mapped in Ilfracombe 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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||258||22.86||23,779||19.81||13% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||3||0.27||336||0.28||3.7% safer|
|Burglary||47||4.16||2,114||1.76||58% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||106||9.39||7,956||6.63||29% more dangerous|
|Drugs||28||2.48||2,929||2.44||1.6% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||10||0.89||1,709||1.42||60% safer|
|Other Theft||41||3.63||4,111||3.43||6% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||5||0.44||777||0.65||48% safer|
|Public Order||61||5.40||5,058||4.21||22% more dangerous|
|Robbery||4||0.35||380||0.32||9% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||43||3.81||2,932||2.44||36% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||5||0.44||312||0.26||41% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||37||3.28||2,019||1.68||49% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||306||27.11||31,910||26.59||1.9% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near The Leas||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Supermarket||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Drugs||On or near Market Street||Offender given a caution|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Whittingham Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Regent Place||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Hillington||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Shaftesbury Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Brookdale Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Parking Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Arcade Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Other theft||On or near Marlborough Way||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|February 2022||Public order||On or near Regent Place||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|February 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Parking Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Belvedere Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Regent Place||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Whittingham Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|February 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Brookfield Place||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||13||14||9||9||Safer|
|Possession of Weapons||0.71||1.2||1.3||0.44||Safer|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.97||0.35||0.27||0.35||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||0.44||0.35||0.44||0.44||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||39||33||31||27||Safer|
We only display green spaces in Ilfracombe that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Brimlands Playing Field||-||1||1||-||1||6||1.0|
|Small Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Barnet||67.08||8% more dangerous|
|Croydon||82.48||25% more dangerous|
|Sheffield||90.03||32% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||32% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||45% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||50% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||53% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||59% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ilfracombe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Ilfracombe saw a 700% increase in drugs. Ilfracombe saw a large fall in drugs during November, when it fell by 92% compared to November in 2019.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-60%||-||-33%||-13%||-35%||-77%||-61%||+29%||+9%||-64%|
|Possession of Weapons||-||+100%||-||-||-50%||-||-||-50%||-67%||-|
|Theft From the Person||-||-||-||-||-||-||-50%||-||-||-|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-14%||-52%||-||-16%||-25%||+28%||+24%||+7%||-29%||+11%|