Seaton Crime Overview

Seaton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Devon, and is the 142nd most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Seaton in 2020 was 28 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 86% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Seaton is the 96th safest small town, and the 4,396th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2017, Seaton was the worst small town in Devon for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2016 was also a bad month for Seaton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Seaton are violence and sexual offences, with 95 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 101 offences and a difference of 0.79 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Seaton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

Compare Seaton to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Seaton Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Seaton This Year

 SeatonDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13517.9228,25923.5431% safer
Burglary50.662,6442.20233% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson395.188,1196.7631% safer
Drugs222.923,3132.765% more dangerous
Other Crime30.401,6151.35238% safer
Other Theft151.994,3703.6483% safer
Public Order131.734,8414.03133% safer
Shoplifting81.062,8972.41127% safer
Theft From the Person20.272750.2315% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime60.802,2621.88135% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9512.6129,57324.6495% safer

Seaton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunton18922.7022% safer
Broad Clyst21625.0110% safer
Fremington29725.1110% safer
Ottery St. Mary24425.668% safer
Bovey Tracey21327.360.88% safer
Seaton20827.60-
Northam34827.891.0% more dangerous
Sidmouth42329.226% more dangerous
Tavistock37029.496% more dangerous
Ivybridge35129.858% more dangerous
Kingsteignton37833.2717% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Seaton

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Seaton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18191518Getting worse
Burglary1.72.42.40.66Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson74.84.25Safer
Drugs0.400.401.52.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.800.530.270.40Safer
Other Theft54.02.42.0Safer
Public Order3.33.22.31.7Safer
Shoplifting1.22.91.21.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.270.400.400.27Safer
Vehicle Crime1.62.41.70.80Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14121313Safer

Changes In Seaton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Seaton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Seaton27.60-
Barnet67.7159% more dangerous
Coventry77.4164% more dangerous
Croydon83.2267% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8168% more dangerous
Bristol86.2168% more dangerous
Leicester97.4472% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8773% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2874% more dangerous
Bradford133.0279% more dangerous
Leeds137.1080% more dangerous

Crime in Seaton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Seaton20828First

Crime in Seaton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Seaton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Seaton saw a 500% increase in criminal damage and arson. Seaton saw a large fall in burglary during September, when it fell by 86% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+67%+167%+44%+47%+18%+17%-17%+9%-13%
Burglary-------86%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-25%+100%--25%--67%--+500%
Drugs--+200%+100%--+50%-+50%-
Other Theft+100%---67%+200%-----67%
Public Order---25%-50%+50%-----
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences-+71%+86%-38%-50%-36%+38%+50%-27%+17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Seaton

What police force serves Seaton?
Seaton's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Seaton?
Seaton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Devon.
What is Seaton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Seaton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Seaton?
Seaton's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021