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Crime and Safety in Seaton, Devon

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Seaton is among the top 5 safest small towns in Devon, and is the 137th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Seaton in 2021 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 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Seaton is the 99th safest small town, and the 4,144th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Seaton was the worst small town in Devon for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2017 was also a bad month for Seaton residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Seaton recorded 4 reports of other crime during February 2017, making its crime rate of 0.53 the worst small town for other crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Seaton are violence and sexual offences, with 107 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 95 offences and a difference of 1.59 from 2020's crime rate of 13. Seaton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Seaton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Devon

110% lower, regional crime rate

South West

173% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Seaton is 110% lower than the South West and 173% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Seaton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Seaton 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 Seaton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202128211
202028208
201930227
201833250
201737280
201629216

Crime in Seaton Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Seaton This Year

 SeatonDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10013.2723,77919.81 49% safer
Bicycle Theft10.133360.28 115% safer
Burglary70.932,1141.76 89% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson243.197,9566.63 108% safer
Drugs111.462,9292.44 67% safer
Other Crime50.661,7091.42 115% safer
Other Theft121.594,1113.43 116% safer
Possession of Weapons50.667770.65 1.5% more dangerous
Public Order212.795,0584.21 51% safer
Robbery10.133800.32 146% safer
Shoplifting40.532,9322.44 360% safer
Vehicle Crime131.732,0191.68 2.9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences10714.2031,91026.59 87% safer

Seaton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunton20124.1416% safer
Northam31925.5610% safer
Bovey Tracey21227.232.8% safer
Seaton21128.00-
Ottery St. Mary27328.712.5% more dangerous
Ivybridge34429.264.3% more dangerous
Sidmouth43730.197% more dangerous
Broad Clyst27031.2610% more dangerous
Kingsteignton37833.2716% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Seaton

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Recent Crimes in Seaton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elizabeth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Boswell WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Macwood DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Wychall OrchardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Primrose WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Summersby CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Primrose WayOffender given a caution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Valley View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Roman WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eyewell GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Summersby CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Public orderOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Other theftOn or near Harepath RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Primrose WayUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HillymeadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Riverside WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Primrose WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Seaton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19151813 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.660.27-0.13 Safer
Burglary2.42.40.660.93 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.84.253.2 Safer
Drugs0.401.52.91.5 Getting worse
Other Crime0.530.270.400.66 Getting worse
Other Theft4.02.42.01.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons---0.66 Getting worse
Public Order3.22.31.72.8 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.13-0.13 Safer
Shoplifting2.91.21.10.53 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.41.70.801.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12131314 Getting worse

Changes In Seaton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Seaton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Seaton28.00-
Barnet67.0858% more dangerous
Croydon82.4866% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0569% more dangerous
Bristol90.5269% more dangerous
Coventry102.2473% more dangerous
Leicester111.5975% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0677% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6478% more dangerous
Bradford132.2879% more dangerous
Leeds150.9481% more dangerous

Crime in Seaton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Seaton21128First

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 5 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 bicycle theft.

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