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Crime and Safety in Totnes

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Totnes is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Devon, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of Devon's 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Totnes in 2021 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Devon rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Totnes is the 318th safest small town, and the 3,450th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Totnes was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Devon for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Totnes residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Totnes recorded 2 reports of robbery during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Totnes are violence and sexual offences, with 173 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 26% lower than 2020's figure of 218 offences and a difference of 5.49 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Totnes's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Totnes 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Devon

22% lower, regional crime rate

South West

51% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Totnes is 22% lower than the South West and 51% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Totnes Crime Rate Over Time

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Totnes Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Totnes 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 Totnes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202148396
202062508
201960496
201873597
201763521
201645371

Crime in Totnes Compared To Devon

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Summary of Crimes in Totnes This Year

 TotnesDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19023.1523,77919.81 14% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.613360.28 54% more dangerous
Burglary101.222,1141.76 44% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson698.417,9566.63 21% more dangerous
Drugs293.532,9292.44 31% more dangerous
Other Crime40.491,7091.42 190% safer
Other Theft435.244,1113.43 35% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.617770.65 7% safer
Public Order253.055,0584.21 38% safer
Robbery30.373800.32 14% more dangerous
Shoplifting121.462,9322.44 67% safer
Theft From the Person10.123120.26 117% safer
Vehicle Crime172.072,0191.68 19% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences17321.0731,91026.59 26% safer

Totnes Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Honiton47142.0415% safer
Cullompton45644.568% safer
Crediton35745.057% safer
Axminster34645.187% safer
Dawlish72047.341.9% safer
Totnes39648.24-
Bideford93851.256% more dangerous
Tiverton1,25155.7613% more dangerous
Ilfracombe69661.6722% more dangerous
Barnstaple2,25091.9548% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Totnes

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Recent Crimes in Totnes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alexandra TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manor WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ticklemore StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The PlainsUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coronation RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belmont TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near CulverdaleUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Magdalene CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Punchards DownUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Magdalene CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The PlainsUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fore StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shute RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elmhirst DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The PlainsUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fore StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Totnes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44333523 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.60.241.50.61 Safer
Burglary4.13.44.81.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11898 Safer
Drugs2.95.04.03.5 Safer
Other Crime1.81.10.490.49 Safer
Other Theft7655 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.240.370.61 Safer
Public Order54.65.03.0 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.120.490.37 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.83.42.91.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.851.3-0.12 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.81.31.82.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28262721 Safer

Changes In Totnes's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Totnes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9321% safer
Totnes48.24-
Birmingham49.602.7% more dangerous
Barnet67.0828% more dangerous
Croydon82.4842% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0346% more dangerous
Bristol90.5247% more dangerous
Leicester111.5957% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0661% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% more dangerous

Crime in Totnes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Totnes Town41847First

Crime in Totnes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Totnes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Totnes saw a 550% increase in other theft. Totnes saw a large fall in other theft during December, when it fell by 86% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%-31%-25%+59%+95%+131%+74%-9%-35%+33%
Bicycle Theft+100%---------
Burglary-33%-50%-50%+200%+200%+100%-50%+100%-50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+29%-80%-17%+25%+250%+150%-40%-14%+100%-75%
Drugs+200%-33%+20%-67%-25%--71%---80%
Other Theft+550%--20%+50%-40%-50%-75%-63%+50%-86%
Public Order--+75%-+150%+40%-20%--50%-50%
Shoplifting-83%----50%--+100%--
Vehicle Crime---33%-33%-+100%--+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-42%+7%+42%+71%+36%-47%-29%-30%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Totnes

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

How dangerous is Totnes?
Totnes is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Devon.

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

What is the least common crime in Totnes?
Totnes's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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