Taunton Crime Overview

Taunton is the most dangerous major town in Somerset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Taunton in 2020 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Taunton is the 47th most dangerous major town, and the 727th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Taunton had the worst crime rate in Somerset for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Taunton residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 73 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Taunton recorded 11 reports of drugs during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst for drugs in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Taunton are violence and sexual offences, with 2,382 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 4.7% higher than 2019's figure of 2,269 offences and a difference of 1.79 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Taunton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 36 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 103% from 2019's figure of 73 crimes.

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Crime in Taunton Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Taunton This Year

 TauntonSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,65426.0917,23917.7632% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1031.626600.6858% more dangerous
Burglary2003.163,2773.387% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5879.266,5376.7427% more dangerous
Drugs881.391,3331.371.4% more dangerous
Other Crime741.179250.9519% more dangerous
Other Theft3946.224,5004.6425% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons420.663880.4039% more dangerous
Public Order99315.678,5298.7944% more dangerous
Robbery811.285260.5458% more dangerous
Shoplifting5198.193,3153.4258% more dangerous
Theft From the Person360.572520.2654% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1462.303,0463.1437% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,38237.5823,22123.9336% more dangerous

Taunton Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bath6,47062.4443% safer
Weston-Super-Mare7,77087.811.4% safer
Taunton5,64589.05-

Crime Over Time in Taunton

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Taunton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30302826Safer
Bicycle Theft3.72.72.11.6Safer
Burglary6553.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson910109Safer
Drugs1.31.41.41.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.41.2Safer
Other Theft8896Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.520.550.66Getting worse
Public Order15151616Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.730.771.41.3Getting worse
Shoplifting1412148Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.731.20.57Safer
Vehicle Crime4.44.94.92.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32343638Getting worse

Changes In Taunton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Taunton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Taunton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Greenway Recreation Ground1---144.2
Hamilton Gault Playing Field6----11.3
Taunton Green Playing Field51---01.5

Comparing Taunton to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7132% safer
Coventry77.4115% safer
Croydon83.227% safer
Sheffield85.813.8% safer
Bristol86.213.3% safer
Taunton89.05-
Leicester97.449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8713% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2817% more dangerous
Bradford133.0233% more dangerous
Leeds137.1035% more dangerous

Crime in Taunton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Taunton Holway & Lambrook1,002118Second
Taunton North Town1,291114Third
Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood59186Fourth
Taunton Wilton1,573176First

Taunton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (147)Taunton Wilton (538)
Bicycle TheftTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (3)Taunton Wilton (45)
BurglaryTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (18)Taunton Wilton (55)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTaunton North Town (130)Taunton Wilton (129)
DrugsTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (2)Taunton Wilton (31)
Other CrimeTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (6)Taunton North Town (24)
Other TheftTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (33)Taunton Wilton (109)
Possession of WeaponsTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (1)Taunton Wilton (15)
Public OrderTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (83)Taunton Wilton (319)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood (3)Taunton Wilton (31)
ShopliftingTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (29)Taunton Wilton (265)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Taunton North Town (6)Taunton Wilton (20)
Vehicle CrimeTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (16)Taunton Holway & Lambrook (27)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (312)Taunton Holway & Lambrook (503)

Crime in Taunton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Taunton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Taunton saw a 400% increase in other crime. Taunton saw a large fall in theft from the person during December, when it fell by 80% compared to December in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Taunton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%-35%+7%-5%-8%+36%-21%-1%-13%-11%
Bicycle Theft-25%-57%-50%-38%-13%-29%--25%+44%+120%
Burglary-29%-66%-73%-13%-14%-42%-41%-72%-56%-66%
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-38%-14%-6%-15%+20%-58%-24%-1%+16%
Drugs+22%-56%-9%+100%-60%+300%--22%-+17%
Other Crime-14%-50%-33%-60%-56%+100%+117%+20%-14%+400%
Other Theft-65%-58%-38%-50%-24%-7%-6%+5%-49%-48%
Possession of Weapons--40%-+100%+300%+300%--25%-67%+33%
Public Order+10%-22%+7%-12%-1%-+8%-15%-30%-7%
Robbery+167%-57%+8%+22%-75%+150%-40%-45%-67%-56%
Shoplifting-39%-68%-63%-43%-67%+26%+35%-6%-71%-75%
Theft From the Person+13%--60%-71%-22%-50%-71%-25%-75%-80%
Vehicle Crime-48%-77%-54%-7%-57%-39%-65%-60%-63%+7%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-8%-10%+5%+26%+28%+24%-22%+10%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Taunton

What police force serves Taunton?
Taunton's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
How dangerous is Taunton?
Taunton is the most dangerous major town in Somerset.
What is Taunton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Taunton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Taunton?
Taunton's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021