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Crime and Safety in Northam

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Northam is the second safest small town in Devon, and is the 166th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Northam in 2021 was 26 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 104% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Northam is the 93rd safest small town, and the 3,603rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Northam was the worst small town in Devon for burglary, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Northam residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Northam recorded 3 reports of other crime during November 2018, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for other crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Northam are violence and sexual offences, with 166 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 181 offences and a difference of 1.20 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Northam's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Northam 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Devon

130% lower, regional crime rate

South West

199% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Northam is 130% lower than the South West and 199% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Northam Crime Rate Over Time

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Northam Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Northam represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Northam

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202126319
202028348
201924303
201834418
201731384
201620252

Crime in Northam Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Northam This Year

 NorthamDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18915.1523,77919.81 31% safer
Burglary151.202,1141.76 47% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson564.497,9566.63 48% safer
Drugs171.362,9292.44 79% safer
Other Crime80.641,7091.42 122% safer
Other Theft181.444,1113.43 138% safer
Public Order302.405,0584.21 75% safer
Robbery10.083800.32 300% safer
Shoplifting10.082,9322.44 2950% safer
Theft From the Person10.083120.26 225% safer
Vehicle Crime60.482,0191.68 250% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16613.3031,91026.59 100% safer

Northam Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunton20124.146% safer
Northam31925.56-
Bovey Tracey21227.236% more dangerous
Seaton21128.009% more dangerous
Ottery St. Mary27328.7111% more dangerous
Ivybridge34429.2613% more dangerous
Sidmouth43730.1915% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Northam

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Recent Crimes in Northam

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The LinksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Aysha GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chantry AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Morwenna Park RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near North StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near New Quay StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Westbourne TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Morwenna Park RoadOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oxmon'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Shoreland WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kimberley ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Radshall ParkOffender given a caution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King Alfred CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Heywood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Staddon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Northam Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1391515 Getting worse
Burglary2.41.41.41.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson63.94.94.5 Safer
Drugs0.721.11.61.4 Getting worse
Other Crime0.640.480.400.64 Getting worse
Other Theft3.41.61.91.4 Safer
Public Order3.11.41.42.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.080.080.08No change
Shoplifting1.90.240.560.08 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.32-0.08 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.80.880.560.48 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13131413 Safer

Changes In Northam's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Northam to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Northam25.56-
Barnet67.0862% more dangerous
Croydon82.4869% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0572% more dangerous
Bristol90.5272% more dangerous
Coventry102.2475% more dangerous
Leicester111.5977% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0679% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6480% more dangerous
Bradford132.2881% more dangerous
Leeds150.9483% more dangerous

Crime in Northam's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Appledore & Northam North18030First
Westward Ho! & Northam South14222Second

Crime in Northam During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Northam change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Northam saw a 500% increase in drugs. Northam saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+110%+288%+100%-6%+82%+64%+43%+63%+71%
Burglary-+100%---50%-50%-+100%+400%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-86%-20%-40%+400%+175%+150%+14%-40%+25%+67%
Drugs---50%----+500%+100%-33%
Other Crime-------67%---
Other Theft-50%---50%+50%+400%-33%--50%-
Public Order--33%--------
Vehicle Crime-67%------50%---
Violence and Sexual Offences-57%+6%+75%-8%+40%+31%+75%+43%+54%+80%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Northam

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

How dangerous is Northam?
Northam is the second safest small town in Devon.

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

What is the least common crime in Northam?
Northam's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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