Sidmouth Crime Overview

Sidmouth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Devon, and is the 124th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sidmouth in 2020 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 76% lower than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sidmouth is the 105th safest small town, and the 4,756th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Sidmouth was the worst small town in Devon for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Sidmouth residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Sidmouth recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for theft from the person in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Sidmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 171 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 1.2% lower than 2019's figure of 173 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Sidmouth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 75% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

Compare Sidmouth to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Sidmouth Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Sidmouth This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27018.6528,25923.5426% safer
Bicycle Theft70.484390.3723% more dangerous
Burglary302.072,6442.206% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson684.708,1196.7644% safer
Drugs181.243,3132.76123% safer
Other Crime120.831,6151.3563% safer
Other Theft352.424,3703.6450% safer
Possession of Weapons40.288390.70150% safer
Public Order342.354,8414.0371% safer
Shoplifting191.312,8972.4184% safer
Theft From the Person40.282750.2318% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime211.452,2621.8830% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17111.8129,57324.64109% safer

Sidmouth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fremington29725.1116% safer
Ottery St. Mary24425.6614% safer
Bovey Tracey21327.367% safer
Seaton20827.606% safer
Northam34827.894.8% safer
Tavistock37029.490.92% more dangerous
Ivybridge35129.852.1% more dangerous
Kingsteignton37833.2712% more dangerous
Cullompton37236.3520% more dangerous
Teignmouth61740.3928% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sidmouth

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Sidmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour14151519Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.760.620.550.48Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.
Drugs0.351.20.971.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.830.480.410.83Getting worse
Other Theft563.52.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0. worse
Public Order2.
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.760.280.28Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences12151212Safer

Changes In Sidmouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Sidmouth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7157% more dangerous
Coventry77.4162% more dangerous
Croydon83.2265% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8166% more dangerous
Bristol86.2166% more dangerous
Leicester97.4470% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8772% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2873% more dangerous
Bradford133.0278% more dangerous
Leeds137.1079% more dangerous

Crime in Sidmouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sidmouth Sidford24234First
Sidmouth Town12123Second

Crime in Sidmouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sidmouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Sidmouth saw a 600% increase in criminal damage and arson. Sidmouth saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 86% compared to October in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-38%+57%+83%-13%+109%+37%+41%+7%+36%-35%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-64%-13%-50%+75%+400%-33%+17%+200%-+600%
Other Crime-------+300%-50%-
Other Theft--50%-40%+300%---50%-25%-44%+33%
Public Order-+200%-80%-50%+100%--20%-67%-33%+100%
Vehicle Crime-+250%-33%+100%--50%-+100%-67%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+73%+15%--46%+100%-36%+46%-35%-26%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sidmouth

What police force serves Sidmouth?
Sidmouth's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Sidmouth?
Sidmouth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Devon.
What is Sidmouth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sidmouth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sidmouth?
Sidmouth's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021