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Crime and Safety in Paignton, Devon

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Paignton is the safest major towns 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 Paignton in 2021 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Paignton is among the top 20 safest major town, and the 2,121st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Paignton had the worst crime rate in Devon for burglary, with 44 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.66 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Paignton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 46 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Paignton are violence and sexual offences, with 1,997 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 4.7% higher than 2020's figure of 1,903 offences and a difference of 1.41 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Paignton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 20 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 40% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Paignton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Devon

4.5% higher, regional crime rate

South West

24% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Paignton is 4.5% higher than the South West and 24% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Paignton Crime Rate Over Time

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Paignton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Paignton 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 Paignton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021614,109
2020603,990
2019664,421
2018684,539
2017634,206
2016523,477

Crime in Paignton Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Paignton This Year

 PaigntonDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,46921.9723,77919.81 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft200.303360.28 7% more dangerous
Burglary2073.102,1141.76 43% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5207.787,9566.63 15% more dangerous
Drugs1482.212,9292.44 10% safer
Other Crime811.211,7091.42 17% safer
Other Theft2694.024,1113.43 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons500.757770.65 13% more dangerous
Public Order3254.865,0584.21 13% more dangerous
Robbery320.483800.32 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting2203.292,9322.44 26% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.373120.26 30% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2153.222,0191.68 48% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,99729.8731,91026.59 11% more dangerous

Paignton Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Paignton4,10961.45-
Exeter8,50367.589% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Paignton

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Recent Crimes in Paignton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Solsbro RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eugene RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hoyle'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Quarry GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hayes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Luscombe CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Gerston PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxhole RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Adelphi RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Climsland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stanley GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pimm RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blatchcombe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Solsbro RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cadewell CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hoyle'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Paignton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26242822 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.600.180.180.30 Safer
Burglary3.13.62.33.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8988 Safer
Drugs2.22.53.02.2 Safer
Other Crime1.31.31.31.2 Safer
Other Theft64.84.24.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.790.850.730.75 Getting worse
Public Order54.54.34.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.580.600.240.48 Safer
Shoplifting4.02.83.63.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.700.610.220.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.54.03.03.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31322830 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Paignton61.45-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0532% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2440% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6453% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Paignton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clifton & Maidenway31745Third
Goodrington & Roselands33647Second
Paignton Central1,199126First
Preston & Shorton35941Fourth

Paignton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPreston & Shorton (107)Paignton Central (574)
Bicycle TheftPreston & Shorton (1)Paignton Central (7)
BurglaryClifton & Maidenway (9)Paignton Central (71)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPreston & Shorton (51)Paignton Central (145)
DrugsPreston & Shorton (8)Paignton Central (42)
Other CrimeGoodrington & Roselands (3)Paignton Central (29)
Other TheftClifton & Maidenway (14)Paignton Central (87)
Possession of WeaponsGoodrington & Roselands (2)Paignton Central (18)
Public OrderGoodrington & Roselands (18)Paignton Central (124)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Preston & Shorton (2)Paignton Central (11)
ShopliftingGoodrington & Roselands (6)Paignton Central (94)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Goodrington & Roselands (3)Paignton Central (7)
Vehicle CrimePreston & Shorton (15)Paignton Central (47)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPreston & Shorton (146)Paignton Central (517)

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.

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