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Crime and Safety in Ottery St. Mary

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Ottery St. Mary is among the top 5 safest small towns in Devon, and is the 135th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ottery St. Mary in 2021 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 82% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ottery St. Mary is the 103rd safest small town, and the 4,281st safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Ottery St. Mary was the worst small town in Devon for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Ottery St. Mary residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Ottery St. Mary are violence and sexual offences, with 145 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 112 offences and a difference of 3.47 from 2020's crime rate of 12. Ottery St. Mary's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Ottery St. Mary 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Devon

104% lower, regional crime rate

South West

166% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ottery St. Mary is 104% lower than the South West and 166% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ottery St. Mary Crime Rate Over Time

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Ottery St. Mary Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ottery St. Mary 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 Ottery St. Mary

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202129273
202026244
201928265
201832305
201730285
201622205

Crime in Ottery St. Mary Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Ottery St. Mary This Year

 Ottery St. MaryDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour828.6223,77919.81 130% safer
Burglary80.842,1141.76 110% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson343.587,9566.63 85% safer
Drugs70.742,9292.44 230% safer
Other Crime90.951,7091.42 49% safer
Other Theft242.524,1113.43 36% safer
Possession of Weapons20.217770.65 210% safer
Public Order343.585,0584.21 18% safer
Robbery10.113800.32 191% safer
Shoplifting40.422,9322.44 481% safer
Vehicle Crime50.532,0191.68 217% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14515.2531,91026.59 74% safer

Ottery St. Mary Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunton20124.1419% safer
Northam31925.5612% safer
Bovey Tracey21227.235% safer
Seaton21128.002.5% safer
Ottery St. Mary27328.71-
Ivybridge34429.261.9% more dangerous
Sidmouth43730.194.9% more dangerous
Broad Clyst27031.268% more dangerous
Kingsteignton37833.2714% more dangerous
Fremington39633.4814% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ottery St. Mary

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Recent Crimes in Ottery St. Mary

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Eymore DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Higher RidgewayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Gold StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near MillcroftUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chineway HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HighlandsUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near MillcroftUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hind StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Saviours RoadOffender given a caution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bendarroch RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022DrugsOn or near St Saviours RoadOffender given a caution
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hind StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Winter'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hind StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near The FlextonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Marys ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hayne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Higher RidgewayUnable to prosecute suspect

Ottery St. Mary Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour188119 Safer
Burglary1.91.50.630.84 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson74.14.23.6 Safer
Drugs0.740.842.10.74 Getting worse
Other Crime0.740.950.320.95 Getting worse
Other Theft3.22.01.82.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.320.320.21 Safer
Public Order3.43.02.13.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.11-0.110.11No change
Shoplifting2.81.01.30.42 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.61.20.630.53 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11131215 Getting worse

Changes In Ottery St. Mary's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ottery St. Mary to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ottery St. Mary28.71-
Barnet67.0857% more dangerous
Croydon82.4865% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0568% more dangerous
Bristol90.5268% more dangerous
Coventry102.2472% more dangerous
Leicester111.5974% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0677% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6478% more dangerous
Bradford132.2878% more dangerous
Leeds150.9481% more dangerous

Crime in Ottery St. Mary's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ottery St Mary & West Hill26029First

Crime in Ottery St. Mary During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ottery St. Mary change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Ottery St. Mary saw a 300% increase in shoplifting. Ottery St. Mary saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+150%+250%+117%+20%+150%+60%+14%+20%+60%
Burglary-------33%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-89%+100%+133%+200%+133%-+100%--50%
Drugs----+100%-50%--+200%-
Other Crime---50%-------
Other Theft-33%--+100%-----+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+100%+100%+50%+50%---67%-60%-50%-67%
Shoplifting-+100%--+300%-----50%
Vehicle Crime------50%+200%---
Violence and Sexual Offences-59%+22%+86%--10%-42%--38%-18%+150%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ottery St. Mary

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

How dangerous is Ottery St. Mary?
Ottery St. Mary is among the top 5 safest small towns in Devon.

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

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

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