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Crime and Safety in Tavistock

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Tavistock is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 70th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tavistock in 2021 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 33% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tavistock is the 183rd safest small town, and the 4,842nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Tavistock was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2018 was also a bad month for Tavistock residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Tavistock recorded 6 reports of drugs during November 2017, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Tavistock are violence and sexual offences, with 251 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 31% higher than 2020's figure of 174 offences and a difference of 6.14 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Tavistock's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Tavistock 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Devon

50% lower, regional crime rate

South West

86% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Tavistock is 50% lower than the South West and 86% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Tavistock Crime Rate Over Time

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Tavistock Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Tavistock represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Tavistock

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202139490
202029370
201934426
201842524
201747594
201632398

Crime in Tavistock Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Tavistock This Year

 TavistockDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20816.5823,77919.81 19% safer
Bicycle Theft10.083360.28 250% safer
Burglary151.202,1141.76 47% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson987.817,9566.63 15% more dangerous
Drugs151.202,9292.44 103% safer
Other Crime110.881,7091.42 61% safer
Other Theft332.634,1113.43 30% safer
Possession of Weapons20.167770.65 306% safer
Public Order342.715,0584.21 55% safer
Robbery10.083800.32 300% safer
Shoplifting90.722,9322.44 239% safer
Vehicle Crime201.592,0191.68 6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25120.0131,91026.59 33% safer

Tavistock Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sidmouth43730.1929% safer
Broad Clyst27031.2625% safer
Kingsteignton37833.2717% safer
Fremington39633.4817% safer
Teignmouth56336.866% safer
Tavistock49039.06-
Brixham67339.631.4% more dangerous
Honiton47142.047% more dangerous
Cullompton45644.5612% more dangerous
Crediton35745.0513% more dangerous
Axminster34645.1814% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Tavistock

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Recent Crimes in Tavistock

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Meavy WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sunway CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Canal RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Elbow LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Watts RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketOffender given a caution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Priory CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parkwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aspen CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Sunway CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buddle CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marshall RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetOffender given a caution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Tavistock Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17131517 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.080.160.080.08 Safer
Burglary1.51.81.41.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson64.94.88 Getting worse
Drugs2.81.80.881.2 Safer
Other Crime0.720.560.720.88No change
Other Theft63.82.22.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.320.400.16 Safer
Public Order2.22.92.12.7 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.16-0.240.08 Safer
Shoplifting2.11.11.50.72 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.41.31.11.6 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19151420 Getting worse

Changes In Tavistock's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Tavistock to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Tavistock39.06-
Coventry39.932.2% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6021% more dangerous
Barnet67.0842% more dangerous
Croydon82.4853% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0357% more dangerous
Bristol90.5257% more dangerous
Leicester111.5965% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0668% more dangerous
Bradford132.2870% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% more dangerous

Crime in Tavistock's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Tavistock49039First

Crime in Tavistock During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Tavistock change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Tavistock saw a 400% increase in public order. Tavistock saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+69%-28%+35%+16%+90%+20%-+129%-33%-15%
Burglary----+100%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson--25%-83%-40%-+29%+33%+17%-33%-67%
Drugs--67%--50%----+100%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-----20%-60%-50%+20%--
Possession of Weapons+100%---------
Public Order-75%--60%+50%+400%-40%-80%---
Shoplifting+300%------+100%-33%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime---86%---50%-+200%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-77%+13%--50%+24%+167%-37%+36%+56%-55%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Tavistock

What police force serves Tavistock?
Tavistock's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.

How dangerous is Tavistock?
Tavistock is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Devon.

What is Tavistock's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Tavistock are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Tavistock?
Tavistock's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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