Ottery St. Mary Crime Overview

Ottery St. Mary is among the top 5 safest small towns in Devon, and is the 161st most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ottery St. Mary in 2020 was 26 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 100% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ottery St. Mary is the 82nd safest small town, and the 3,950th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Ottery St. Mary was the worst small town in Devon for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Ottery St. Mary residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Ottery St. Mary recorded 6 reports of vehicle crime during October 2017, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Ottery St. Mary are violence and sexual offences, with 112 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 122 offences and a difference of 1.05 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Ottery St. Mary's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

Compare Ottery St. Mary to other towns and cities

See how Ottery St. Mary shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Ottery St. Mary and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Ottery St. Mary Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Ottery St. Mary This Year

 Ottery St. MaryDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10110.6228,25923.54122% safer
Bicycle Theft30.324390.3716% safer
Burglary60.632,6442.20249% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson404.218,1196.7661% safer
Drugs202.103,3132.7631% safer
Other Crime30.321,6151.35322% safer
Other Theft171.794,3703.64103% safer
Possession of Weapons30.328390.70119% safer
Public Order202.104,8414.0392% safer
Robbery10.113870.32191% safer
Shoplifting121.262,8972.4191% safer
Theft From the Person10.112750.23109% safer
Vehicle Crime60.632,2621.88198% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11211.7829,57324.64109% safer

Ottery St. Mary Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunton18922.7013% safer
Broad Clyst21625.012.6% safer
Fremington29725.112.2% safer
Ottery St. Mary24425.66-
Bovey Tracey21327.366% more dangerous
Seaton20827.607% more dangerous
Northam34827.898% more dangerous
Sidmouth42329.2212% more dangerous
Tavistock37029.4913% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ottery St. Mary

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Ottery St. Mary Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1318811Safer
Bicycle Theft0.740.21-0.32Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.674.14.2Safer
Drugs0.420.740.842.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.630.740.950.32Safer
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.210.320.320.32Getting worse
Public Order2.
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.11-0.11No change
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)--0.110.11No change
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences11111312Getting 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. Mary25.66-
Barnet67.7162% more dangerous
Coventry77.4167% more dangerous
Croydon83.2269% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8170% more dangerous
Bristol86.2170% more dangerous
Leicester97.4474% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8775% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2876% more dangerous
Bradford133.0281% more dangerous
Leeds137.1081% more dangerous

Crime in Ottery St. Mary's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ottery St Mary & West Hill23326First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+150%+250%+117%+20%+150%+60%+14%+20%+60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-89%+100%+133%+200%+133%-+100%--50%
Other Crime---50%-------
Other Theft-33%--+100%-----+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+100%+100%+50%+50%---67%-60%-50%-67%
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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021