Plymouth Crime Overview

Plymouth is the most dangerous city in Devon, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Plymouth in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Plymouth is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,151st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Plymouth had the worst crime rate in Devon for burglary, with 45 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Plymouth residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 171 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Plymouth recorded 87 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for drugs in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Plymouth are violence and sexual offences, with 9,946 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 2.9% higher than 2019's figure of 9,659 offences and a difference of 1.08 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Plymouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 117 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 74% from 2019's figure of 204 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Plymouth This Year

 PlymouthDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,90433.5028,25923.5430% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1260.474390.3721% more dangerous
Burglary8913.352,6442.2034% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,5069.438,1196.7628% more dangerous
Drugs1,1614.373,3132.7637% more dangerous
Other Crime4331.631,6151.3517% more dangerous
Other Theft1,2834.834,3703.6425% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3241.228390.7043% more dangerous
Public Order1,4715.534,8414.0327% more dangerous
Robbery1850.703870.3254% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0203.842,8972.4137% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1170.442750.2348% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6722.532,2621.8826% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,94637.4229,57324.6434% more dangerous

Crime in Plymouth Compared To Devon

Plymouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37323034Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.610.700.600.47Safer
Burglary4.64.43.73.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110109Safer
Drugs3.03.23.44.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.71.81.6Safer
Other Theft7764.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.740.991.2Getting worse
Public Order5556Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.570.590.740.70Getting worse
Shoplifting6653.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.910.670.770.44Safer
Vehicle Crime4.34.33.72.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32373637Getting worse

Changes In Plymouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Plymouth to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7112% safer
Plymouth75.75-
Coventry77.412.1% more dangerous
Croydon83.229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8112% more dangerous
Bristol86.2112% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Plymouth's Neighbourhoods

City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Plymouth, followed by Millbay & Stonehouse in second place, and Cattedown & Prince Rock as the third most dangerous area. Plymouth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Peverell, Plympton St Mary, and Plymstock Goosewell & Staddiscombe.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cattedown & Prince Rock1,268133Third
City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour2,547240First
Crownhill3155117th
Deer Park & Leigham3024120th
Devonport, Mount Wise & Morice Town1,056113Fourth
Efford, Laira & Crabtree71178Ninth
Ernesettle3435616th
Ford & Blockhouse Park74794Seventh
Glenholt & Widewell2293325th
Ham, Beacon Park & Pennycross4505018th
Higher Compton & Eggbuckland3014219th
Honicknowle & Manadon6537412th
Keyham58576Tenth
Lipson83395Sixth
Mannamead & Hartley2913722nd
Millbay & Stonehouse2,393194Second
Mutley977110Fifth
North Prospect4546713th
Peverell2353126th
Plympton Chaddlewood2143324th
Plympton St Mary1832427th
Plympton St Maurice2944021st
Plympton Underwood2813723rd
Plymstock Goosewell & Staddiscombe1682228th
Southway5206015th
St Budeaux95391Eighth
Stoke & Pennycomequick5127511th
Tamerton Foliot5036214th

Plymouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPeverell (56)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (1,290)
Bicycle TheftHonicknowle & Manadon (1)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (25)
BurglaryPlympton Chaddlewood (2)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (114)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPlympton Chaddlewood (9)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (240)
DrugsPlympton Chaddlewood (4)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (277)
Other CrimePlymstock Goosewell & Staddiscombe (2)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (46)
Other TheftPlymstock Goosewell & Staddiscombe (5)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (180)
Possession of WeaponsHonicknowle & Manadon (2)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (57)
Public OrderPlympton Chaddlewood (11)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (231)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Southway (1)Millbay & Stonehouse (38)
ShopliftingHam, Beacon Park & Pennycross (1)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (308)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Efford, Laira & Crabtree (1)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (28)
Vehicle CrimePlymstock Goosewell & Staddiscombe (1)Millbay & Stonehouse (96)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPlympton St Mary (74)City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour (970)

Crime in Plymouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Plymouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Plymouth saw a 380% increase in bicycle theft. Plymouth saw a large fall in bicycle theft during November, when it fell by 95% compared to November in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Plymouth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+39%+14%+8%+7%+4%+28%+16%+20%+11%
Bicycle Theft-31%+380%-10%-32%-24%-50%-71%+9%-95%-56%
Burglary-9%+30%-20%-26%-5%+9%-13%-30%-48%-61%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-19%-14%+8%+3%+29%+10%-22%-15%-36%
Drugs+19%+30%+116%+49%+26%+23%-7%+62%+29%+16%
Other Crime-6%-3%+54%-31%-29%-15%-21%+12%+3%+6%
Other Theft-23%-31%-38%-23%-29%-31%-12%-6%-20%-32%
Possession of Weapons-19%+56%+18%+35%-+122%+36%-3%+53%-23%
Public Order-29%-18%-26%-4%+13%+21%+19%+5%-5%+38%
Robbery-9%-17%+43%-24%--6%+73%-19%-67%-25%
Shoplifting-23%-54%-63%-30%-5%-31%-30%-41%-37%-39%
Theft From the Person-24%-73%-79%-58%-36%-56%-27%-56%-31%-65%
Vehicle Crime-17%+24%-54%-50%-48%-26%-17%-39%-64%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%+2%-10%-4%+9%+4%+20%+22%-11%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Plymouth

What police force serves Plymouth?
Plymouth's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Plymouth?
Plymouth is the most dangerous city in Devon.
What is Plymouth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Plymouth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Plymouth?
Plymouth's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021