Paignton Crime Overview

Paignton is the safest major 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 Paignton in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Paignton is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,124th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Paignton was the worst major town in Devon for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Paignton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous major town for shoplifting, recording 29 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Paignton recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst major town for theft from the person in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Paignton are violence and sexual offences, with 1,903 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 2,113 offences and a difference of 3.14 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Paignton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Paignton Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Paignton This Year

 PaigntonDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,84127.5328,25923.5414% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.184390.37106% safer
Burglary1562.332,6442.206% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5388.058,1196.7616% more dangerous
Drugs2013.013,3132.768% more dangerous
Other Crime891.331,6151.351.5% safer
Other Theft2834.234,3703.6414% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons490.738390.704.1% more dangerous
Public Order2874.294,8414.036% more dangerous
Robbery160.243870.3233% safer
Shoplifting2393.572,8972.4132% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.222750.234.5% safer
Vehicle Crime2023.022,2621.8838% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,90328.4629,57324.6413% more dangerous

Paignton Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Paignton3,99059.67-
Exeter8,05864.047% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Paignton

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Paignton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28262428Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.600.180.18Safer
Burglary3.73.13.62.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9898Safer
Drugs2.02.22.53.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.31.31.3Safer
Other Theft664.84.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.790.850.73Getting worse
Public Order4.754.54.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.580.600.24Safer
Shoplifting3.94.02.83.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.580.700.610.22Safer
Vehicle Crime3.84.54.03.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26313228Safer

Changes In Paignton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Paignton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Paignton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Oldway6-1-572.7
Whitley Recreation Ground-1---13.0

Comparing Paignton to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Paignton59.67-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Paignton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clifton & Maidenway28941Third
Goodrington & Roselands26036Fourth
Paignton Central1,242130First
Preston & Shorton35941Second

Paignton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourClifton & Maidenway (102)Paignton Central (621)
Bicycle TheftPaignton Central (2)Preston & Shorton (3)
BurglaryClifton & Maidenway (9)Paignton Central (55)
Criminal Damage and ArsonGoodrington & Roselands (40)Paignton Central (140)
DrugsGoodrington & Roselands (5)Paignton Central (70)
Other CrimeGoodrington & Roselands (3)Paignton Central (22)
Other TheftClifton & Maidenway (13)Paignton Central (101)
Possession of WeaponsGoodrington & Roselands (2)Paignton Central (17)
Public OrderClifton & Maidenway (9)Paignton Central (95)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Goodrington & Roselands (1)Paignton Central (11)
ShopliftingGoodrington & Roselands (3)Paignton Central (127)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Goodrington & Roselands (1)Paignton Central (12)
Vehicle CrimeClifton & Maidenway (6)Paignton Central (32)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPreston & Shorton (137)Paignton Central (558)

Crime in Paignton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Paignton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Paignton saw a 800% increase in possession of weapons. Paignton saw a large fall in possession of weapons during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Paignton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+21%+54%+35%-7%+20%-1%+31%-9%+40%
Bicycle Theft---33%----50%---
Burglary-55%-29%-37%-59%-57%-54%-35%-46%-+8%
Criminal Damage and Arson-55%-43%-43%+18%+14%+23%-7%+8%-34%+2%
Drugs+29%--20%+156%-8%+60%-24%-26%+189%+100%
Other Crime-45%-75%+86%-13%--+17%+50%+67%+17%
Other Theft-20%-17%-45%-38%-17%+17%-6%-8%-20%-12%
Possession of Weapons+20%-50%-80%+100%-33%+150%+67%-50%+800%-20%
Public Order-35%---4%-8%+7%+21%-7%-32%+44%
Robbery---80%-75%-+33%---50%-
Shoplifting-+86%+53%-50%-29%-53%+67%+55%+25%+36%
Theft From the Person----20%-80%-33%+200%-80%-67%-
Vehicle Crime-39%-9%-65%+100%-18%--38%-53%-57%-61%
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%-28%-29%-2%-15%+16%+3%-1%-25%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Paignton

What police force serves Paignton?
Paignton's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Paignton?
Paignton is the safest major town in Devon.
What is Paignton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Paignton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Paignton?
Paignton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021