Newton Abbot Crime Overview

Newton Abbot is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Devon, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newton Abbot in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newton Abbot is the 68th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,025th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Newton Abbot was the worst medium-sized town in Devon for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Newton Abbot residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Newton Abbot recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Newton Abbot are violence and sexual offences, with 800 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 891 offences and a difference of 3.42 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Newton Abbot's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 167% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Newton Abbot This Year

 Newton AbbotDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour75428.2928,25923.5417% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.564390.3734% more dangerous
Burglary562.102,6442.204.8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2228.338,1196.7619% more dangerous
Drugs1154.313,3132.7636% more dangerous
Other Crime301.131,6151.3519% safer
Other Theft1074.014,3703.649% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons271.018390.7031% more dangerous
Public Order1375.144,8414.0322% more dangerous
Robbery60.233870.3239% safer
Shoplifting672.512,8972.414.0% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.112750.23109% safer
Vehicle Crime381.432,2621.8831% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences80030.0129,57324.6418% more dangerous

Crime in Newton Abbot Compared To Devon

Newton Abbot Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Exmouth1,55843.6140% safer
Newton Abbot1,62360.89-
Torquay5,167101.1940% more dangerous

Newton Abbot Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35312828Safer
Bicycle Theft0.790.640.640.56Safer
Burglary3.32.81.72.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111098Safer
Drugs2.42.93.44.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.82.11.1Safer
Other Theft8754.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.940.751.0Getting worse
Public Order4.5665Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.640.260.23Safer
Shoplifting8652.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.600.300.11Safer
Vehicle Crime952.61.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30323330Safer

Changes In Newton Abbot's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Newton Abbot to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newton Abbot60.89-
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Newton Abbot's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough45679Second
Newton Abbot, Highweek21835Third
Newton Abbot, Milber & Buckland11220Fourth
Newton Abbot, Town Centre725116First

Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (65)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (395)
Bicycle TheftNewton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough (1)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (11)
BurglaryNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (7)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (33)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (5)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (109)
DrugsNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (4)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (48)
Other CrimeNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (1)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (15)
Other TheftNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (10)Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough (37)
Possession of WeaponsNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (2)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (14)
Public OrderNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (3)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (63)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough (2)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (4)
ShopliftingNewton Abbot, Highweek (6)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (44)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (1)Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough (2)
Vehicle CrimeNewton Abbot, Highweek (4)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (13)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (74)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (330)

Crime in Newton Abbot During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newton Abbot change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Newton Abbot saw a 800% increase in vehicle crime. Newton Abbot saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 89% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%-30%+38%+2%+24%-20%+39%+78%-21%-2%
Bicycle Theft--50%-75%---33%--50%--
Burglary+160%-50%-+67%+17%+300%-25%---50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-19%-25%---21%--25%+5%-13%
Drugs+75%+11%--33%-20%-14%+122%-17%+20%+67%
Other Crime-43%+50%+100%-86%-71%+600%-60%--67%-50%
Other Theft+100%-46%-47%+22%--25%+67%-54%-50%-
Possession of Weapons-+50%-------+100%
Public Order-17%-67%-47%-23%+29%+19%+7%+33%+156%-50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+114%--55%-69%-73%-89%-38%-40%-70%-56%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-45%-80%+400%-60%-50%--67%+100%-83%+800%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-18%-36%-14%-33%+47%+2%-18%-17%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newton Abbot

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021