Totnes Crime Overview

Totnes is the third most dangerous small town in Devon, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Devon's 430 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Totnes in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Devon's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Devon rate of 51 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Totnes is the 290th most dangerous small town, and the 1,936th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Totnes was the worst small town in Devon for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Totnes residents, when it was Devon's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.49 per 1,000 residents. Totnes recorded 13 reports of other theft during March 2020, making its crime rate of 1.6 the worst small town for other theft in Devon that month.

The most common crimes in Totnes are violence and sexual offences, with 218 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 3.2% higher than 2019's figure of 211 offences and a difference of 0.86 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Totnes's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 33% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Totnes This Year

 TotnesDevon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28835.0828,25923.5433% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft121.464390.3775% more dangerous
Burglary394.752,6442.2054% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson718.658,1196.7622% more dangerous
Drugs334.023,3132.7631% more dangerous
Other Crime40.491,6151.35176% safer
Other Theft445.364,3703.6432% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.378390.7089% safer
Public Order414.994,8414.0319% more dangerous
Robbery40.493870.3235% more dangerous
Shoplifting242.922,8972.4117% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime151.832,2621.882.7% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21826.5629,57324.647% more dangerous

Crime in Totnes Compared To Devon

Totnes Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Axminster34344.7838% safer
Brixham77345.5236% safer
Tiverton1,05446.9832% safer
Crediton40050.4723% safer
Bideford1,08759.394.2% safer
Totnes50861.88-
Ilfracombe72063.803.0% more dangerous
Barnstaple1,98381.0324% more dangerous

Totnes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52443335Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.60.241.5Getting worse
Burglary3.64.13.44.8Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson121189Safer
Drugs3.82.95.04.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.241.81.10.49Safer
Other Theft7765Safer
Possession of Weapons0.611.10.240.37Safer
Public Order654.65.0Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.120.120.49Getting worse
Shoplifting4.33.83.42.9Safer
Vehicle Crime64.81.31.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19282627Getting worse

Changes In Totnes's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Totnes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Totnes61.88-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Totnes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Totnes Town53761First

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 the third most dangerous small town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021