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Crime and Safety in Newton Abbot

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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 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newton Abbot in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newton Abbot is the 83rd safest medium-sized town, and the 1,815th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Newton Abbot was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Newton Abbot residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Newton Abbot recorded 5 reports of possession of weapons during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Newton Abbot are violence and sexual offences, with 948 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 800 offences and a difference of 5.56 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Newton Abbot's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 88% from 2020's figure of 15 crimes.

Newton Abbot 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Devon

9% higher, regional crime rate

South West

13% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newton Abbot is 9% higher than the South West and 13% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newton Abbot Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Newton Abbot 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 Newton Abbot

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021651,725
2020611,623
2019701,872
2018772,058
2017802,121
2016491,308

Crime in Newton Abbot Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Newton Abbot This Year

 Newton AbbotDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour62123.3023,77919.81 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.303360.28 7% more dangerous
Burglary461.732,1141.76 1.7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1846.907,9566.63 3.9% more dangerous
Drugs752.812,9292.44 13% more dangerous
Other Crime491.841,7091.42 23% more dangerous
Other Theft1043.904,1113.43 12% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons301.137770.65 42% more dangerous
Public Order1435.365,0584.21 21% more dangerous
Robbery180.683800.32 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting602.252,9322.44 8% safer
Theft From the Person100.383120.26 32% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime501.882,0191.68 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences94835.5731,91026.59 25% more dangerous

Newton Abbot Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Exmouth1,56343.7548% safer
Newton Abbot1,72564.72-
Torquay5,354104.8538% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newton Abbot

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Recent Crimes in Newton Abbot

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belvedere RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Forde RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hilton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Mapleton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thorn CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Keyberry RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westward ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bearne'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chichester WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holbeam CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Netley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spencer RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Newton Abbot Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31282823 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.640.640.560.30 Safer
Burglary2.81.72.11.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10987 Safer
Drugs2.93.44.32.8 Safer
Other Crime1.82.11.11.8 Safer
Other Theft754.03.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.940.751.01.1 Getting worse
Public Order6655 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.640.260.230.68 Getting worse
Shoplifting652.52.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.600.300.110.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime52.61.41.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32333036 Getting worse

Changes In Newton Abbot's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newton Abbot's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Decoy Country Park2863-150.79

Comparing Newton Abbot to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9362% safer
Birmingham49.6030% safer
Newton Abbot64.72-
Barnet67.083.5% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0328% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Newton Abbot's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough48384Second
Newton Abbot, Highweek21535Third
Newton Abbot, Milber & Buckland17030Fourth
Newton Abbot, Town Centre789126First

Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (45)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (325)
Bicycle TheftNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (1)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (4)
BurglaryNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (3)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (22)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNewton Abbot, Highweek (18)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (76)
DrugsNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (4)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (43)
Other CrimeNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (6)Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough (19)
Other TheftNewton Abbot, Highweek (8)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (55)
Possession of WeaponsNewton Abbot, Highweek (5)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (15)
Public OrderNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (12)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (72)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough (5)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (13)
ShopliftingNewton Abbot, Highweek (3)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (39)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Newton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (1)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (7)
Vehicle CrimeNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (6)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (22)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland (110)Newton Abbot, Town Centre (412)

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 bicycle theft.

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