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Crime and Safety in Ilfracombe

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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.

Ilfracombe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Devon

4.8% higher, regional crime rate

South West

18% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Ilfracombe Crime Rate Over Time

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Ilfracombe Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Ilfracombe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202162696
202064720
201977874
2018901,015
201781912
201666743

Crime in Ilfracombe Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Ilfracombe This Year

 IlfracombeDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25822.8623,77919.81 13% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.273360.28 3.7% safer
Burglary474.162,1141.76 58% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1069.397,9566.63 29% more dangerous
Drugs282.482,9292.44 1.6% more dangerous
Other Crime100.891,7091.42 60% safer
Other Theft413.634,1113.43 6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.447770.65 48% safer
Public Order615.405,0584.21 22% more dangerous
Robbery40.353800.32 9% more dangerous
Shoplifting433.812,9322.44 36% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.443120.26 41% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime373.282,0191.68 49% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences30627.1131,91026.59 1.9% more dangerous

Ilfracombe Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Axminster34645.1836% safer
Dawlish72047.3430% safer
Totnes39648.2428% safer
Bideford93851.2520% safer
Tiverton1,25155.7611% safer
Ilfracombe69661.67-
Barnstaple2,25091.9533% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ilfracombe

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Recent Crimes in Ilfracombe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The LeasUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Market StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whittingham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Regent PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HillingtonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shaftesbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brookdale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arcade RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Marlborough WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Regent PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belvedere RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Regent PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whittingham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brookfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ilfracombe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37232823 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.35-0.27 Safer
Burglary4.83.42.44.2 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson131499 Safer
Drugs2.94.24.72.5 Safer
Other Crime1.21.21.70.89 Safer
Other Theft954.13.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.711.21.30.44 Safer
Public Order654.95 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.970.350.270.35 Safer
Shoplifting872.83.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.440.350.440.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.82.31.33.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39333127 Safer

Changes In Ilfracombe's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ilfracombe's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Brimlands Playing Field-11-161.0

Comparing Ilfracombe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9354% safer
Birmingham49.6024% safer
Ilfracombe61.67-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0332% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Ilfracombe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ilfracombe East44883First
Ilfracombe West24842Second

Crime in Ilfracombe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+55%+16%+17%+46%+50%-29%+41%+100%+64%
Burglary-+200%-67%--50%--43%+33%-17%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-60%--33%-13%-35%-77%-61%+29%+9%-64%
Drugs-33%+700%+25%+25%+100%--67%+133%-92%-20%
Other Crime-50%-33%--+100%-----
Other Theft+25%-57%-80%+150%+50%-67%+500%+25%-71%-
Possession of Weapons-+100%---50%---50%-67%-
Public Order-50%-60%+67%+40%-38%+80%-67%+133%-17%-20%
Shoplifting--33%-50%--80%--50%-40%-41%-67%
Theft From the Person-------50%---
Vehicle Crime+300%--50%----67%-50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-52%--16%-25%+28%+24%+7%-29%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ilfracombe

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

How dangerous is Ilfracombe?
Ilfracombe is the second most dangerous small town in Devon.

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

What is the least common crime in Ilfracombe?
Ilfracombe's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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