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Crime and Safety in Torquay, Devon

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Torquay is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in Devon, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Torquay in 2021 was 105 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 50% higher than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Torquay is the 47th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 504th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Torquay had the worst crime rate in Devon for shoplifting, with 56 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Torquay residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 49 crimes at a rate of 0.96 per 1,000 residents. Torquay recorded 8 reports of robbery during July 2018, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst for robbery in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Torquay are violence and sexual offences, with 2,597 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 2,417 offences and a difference of 3.53 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Torquay's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 15 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 73% from 2020's figure of 26 crimes.

Torquay 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Devon

44% higher, regional crime rate

South West

27% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Torquay is 44% higher than the South West and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Torquay Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Torquay 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 Torquay

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211055,354
20201015,167
20191105,601
20181186,047
20171145,817
2016954,856

Crime in Torquay Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Torquay This Year

 TorquayDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,91237.4423,77919.81 47% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.293360.28 3.4% more dangerous
Burglary1462.862,1141.76 38% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson73214.347,9566.63 54% more dangerous
Drugs2394.682,9292.44 48% more dangerous
Other Crime971.901,7091.42 25% more dangerous
Other Theft3005.884,1113.43 42% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons801.577770.65 59% more dangerous
Public Order3677.195,0584.21 41% more dangerous
Robbery430.843800.32 62% more dangerous
Shoplifting4158.132,9322.44 70% more dangerous
Theft From the Person390.763120.26 66% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2845.562,0191.68 70% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,59750.8631,91026.59 48% more dangerous

Torquay Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Exmouth1,56343.75140% safer
Newton Abbot1,72564.7262% safer
Torquay5,354104.85-

Crime Over Time in Torquay

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Recent Crimes in Torquay

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near Police StationOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Paul'S RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Winchester AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawrence PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Lyme View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West Pafford AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cricketers GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Scarborough RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash Hill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Tintagel CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Kilmorie CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Redcliffe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022RobberyOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Lukes Road NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St George'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Union StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Melville StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Madeira PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Torquay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40364137 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.610.390.510.29 Safer
Burglary54.33.32.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151314 Safer
Drugs5564.7 Safer
Other Crime2.12.01.61.9 Getting worse
Other Theft12876 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.71.41.6 Getting worse
Public Order8887 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.21.00.84 Safer
Shoplifting10668 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.40.590.76 Safer
Vehicle Crime6566 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences51514751 Getting worse

Changes In Torquay's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Torquay to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0856% safer
Croydon82.4827% safer
Sheffield90.0516% safer
Bristol90.5216% safer
Coventry102.242.6% safer
Torquay104.85-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9431% more dangerous

Crime in Torquay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Babbacombe & Plainmoor38969Third
Ellacombe33557Sixth
Torquay Central2,160284First
Upton & Hele728114Second
Watcombe49669Fifth
Wellswood54069Fourth

Torquay Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEllacombe (94)Torquay Central (898)
Bicycle TheftWellswood (1)Torquay Central (6)
BurglaryWellswood (9)Torquay Central (63)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEllacombe (35)Torquay Central (276)
DrugsEllacombe (9)Torquay Central (127)
Other CrimeEllacombe (4)Torquay Central (48)
Other TheftWatcombe (20)Torquay Central (135)
Possession of WeaponsEllacombe (3)Torquay Central (34)
Public OrderWellswood (23)Torquay Central (163)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Watcombe (2)Torquay Central (24)
ShopliftingWatcombe (4)Torquay Central (163)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Watcombe (1)Torquay Central (25)
Vehicle CrimeWatcombe (25)Torquay Central (78)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWellswood (246)Torquay Central (1,018)

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.

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