Torquay Crime Overview

Torquay is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Devon, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Torquay in 2020 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 49% higher than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Torquay is the 35th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 475th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2018, Torquay had the worst crime rate in Devon for possession of weapons, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2016 was also a bad month for Torquay residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Torquay recorded 43 reports of vehicle crime during October 2016, making its crime rate of 0.84 the worst for vehicle crime in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Torquay are violence and sexual offences, with 2,417 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 2,579 offences and a difference of 3.18 from 2019's crime rate of 51. Torquay's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 26 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 23% from 2019's figure of 20 crimes.

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Crime in Torquay Compared To Devon

Summary of Crimes in Torquay This Year

 TorquayDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,11241.3628,25923.5443% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft260.514390.3727% more dangerous
Burglary1673.272,6442.2033% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson64912.718,1196.7647% more dangerous
Drugs3025.913,3132.7653% more dangerous
Other Crime811.591,6151.3515% more dangerous
Other Theft3506.854,3703.6447% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons701.378390.7049% more dangerous
Public Order4178.174,8414.0351% more dangerous
Robbery511.003870.3268% more dangerous
Shoplifting3156.172,8972.4161% more dangerous
Theft From the Person300.592750.2361% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2925.722,2621.8867% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,41747.3329,57324.6448% more dangerous

Torquay Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Exmouth1,55843.61132% safer
Newton Abbot1,62360.8966% safer
Torquay5,167101.19-

Crime Over Time in Torquay

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Torquay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour50403641Safer
Bicycle Theft0.530.610.390.51No change
Burglary754.33.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151513Safer
Drugs4.6556Getting worse
Other Crime1.52.12.01.6Safer
Other Theft111287Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.21.71.4Safer
Public Order8888Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.841.11.21.0Safer
Shoplifting101066Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.01.41.40.59Safer
Vehicle Crime3.9656Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences49515147Safer

Changes In Torquay's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Torquay to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7149% safer
Coventry77.4131% safer
Croydon83.2222% safer
Sheffield85.8118% safer
Bristol86.2117% safer
Leicester97.443.8% safer
Torquay101.19-
Birmingham102.871.6% more dangerous
Liverpool107.286% more dangerous
Bradford133.0224% more dangerous
Leeds137.1026% more dangerous

Crime in Torquay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Babbacombe & Plainmoor40372Third
Ellacombe39568Fourth
Torquay Central2,110277First
Upton & Hele754118Second
Watcombe40356Fifth
Wellswood42554Sixth

Torquay Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEllacombe (131)Torquay Central (896)
Bicycle TheftBabbacombe & Plainmoor (4)Torquay Central (16)
BurglaryWatcombe (9)Torquay Central (74)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWellswood (50)Torquay Central (225)
DrugsWatcombe (8)Torquay Central (174)
Other CrimeWellswood (5)Torquay Central (25)
Other TheftWatcombe (24)Torquay Central (131)
Possession of WeaponsEllacombe (1)Torquay Central (38)
Public OrderWellswood (22)Torquay Central (205)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Watcombe (3)Torquay Central (26)
ShopliftingEllacombe (2)Torquay Central (141)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wellswood (2)Torquay Central (21)
Vehicle CrimeEllacombe (15)Babbacombe & Plainmoor (49)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWellswood (192)Torquay Central (972)

Crime in Torquay During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Torquay change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Torquay saw a 231% increase in vehicle crime. Torquay saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Torquay's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-28%+28%+31%+28%+17%+57%+2%+17%+10%+46%
Bicycle Theft---+200%-33%--+50%-50%-50%
Burglary-6%-48%-13%-31%-42%-29%-20%-61%-42%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%--23%-23%+26%+15%-18%-31%-15%-22%
Drugs-9%-16%--39%+4%+73%+22%+32%+6%-4%
Other Crime-57%+80%--36%-50%-60%-30%-29%-58%-22%
Other Theft-31%+6%-32%+3%-40%-41%+3%-15%+3%-12%
Possession of Weapons-83%+14%-60%+25%--8%-42%+67%-14%-50%
Public Order+53%-33%+31%+32%+43%+2%+19%-20%-39%-17%
Robbery+25%+40%+33%-85%-50%--13%-57%--20%
Shoplifting+61%-57%-18%-48%+35%-5%-36%-36%+52%+38%
Theft From the Person-75%-60%-50%-91%-20%-80%-33%-71%-67%-86%
Vehicle Crime+90%+231%-+55%+87%+100%-67%-75%-55%-58%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-34%-27%-8%+14%+31%+22%-7%-22%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Torquay

What police force serves Torquay?
Torquay's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Torquay?
Torquay is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Devon.
What is Torquay's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Torquay are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Torquay?
Torquay's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021