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Crime and Safety in Taunton, Somerset

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Taunton is the most dangerous major towns in Somerset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Taunton in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Taunton is the 45th most dangerous major town, and the 724th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Taunton had the worst crime rate in Somerset for bicycle theft, with 35 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Taunton residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Taunton recorded 47 reports of shoplifting during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst for shoplifting in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Taunton are violence and sexual offences, with 2,711 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 2,335 offences and a difference of 5.93 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Taunton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 22 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 64% from 2020's figure of 36 crimes.

Taunton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Somerset

37% higher, regional crime rate

South West

18% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Taunton is 37% higher than the South West and 18% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Taunton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Taunton 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 Taunton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021935,910
2020875,495
20191006,313
2018945,940
2017935,894
2016825,212

Crime in Taunton Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Taunton This Year

 TauntonSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,43122.5714,28614.72 35% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1472.326530.67 71% more dangerous
Burglary1672.632,5982.68 1.9% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5929.346,5956.80 27% more dangerous
Drugs861.361,0651.10 19% more dangerous
Other Crime891.401,0441.08 23% more dangerous
Other Theft3755.924,1504.28 28% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons450.713850.40 44% more dangerous
Public Order1,00615.878,9899.26 42% more dangerous
Robbery550.874080.42 52% more dangerous
Shoplifting4376.893,1043.20 54% more dangerous
Theft From the Person220.352720.28 20% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1782.812,7142.80 0.36% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,71142.7726,60027.41 36% more dangerous

Taunton Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bath6,65264.2045% safer
Weston-Super-Mare7,92989.614.0% safer
Taunton5,91093.23-

Crime Over Time in Taunton

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Recent Crimes in Taunton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Andrew'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dorchester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Compass HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Quantock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Blake StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maple CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bridgwater RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parmin CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Baldwin RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Patrick'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Priory Bridge RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Poplar RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rydon LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamilton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leycroft GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tatham CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Wordsworth DriveUnable to prosecute suspect

Taunton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29272523 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.62.11.62.3 Safer
Burglary553.12.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101099 Safer
Drugs1.31.41.31.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.31.11.4 Getting worse
Other Theft8866 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.500.500.680.71 Getting worse
Public Order15151516 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.771.31.20.87 Safer
Shoplifting121387 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.711.10.570.35 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.64.92.32.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33353743 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0839% safer
Croydon82.4813% safer
Sheffield90.053.5% safer
Bristol90.523.0% safer
Taunton93.23-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5916% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0624% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6428% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9438% more dangerous

Crime in Taunton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Taunton Holway & Lambrook1,137134Second
Taunton North Town1,320116Third
Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood700102Fourth
Taunton Wilton1,523171First

Taunton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (158)Taunton Wilton (409)
Bicycle TheftTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (9)Taunton Wilton (55)
BurglaryTaunton Holway & Lambrook (29)Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood (28)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTaunton Holway & Lambrook (109)Taunton Wilton (122)
DrugsTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (8)Taunton Wilton (24)
Other CrimeTaunton North Town (10)Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood (17)
Other TheftTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (30)Taunton Wilton (100)
Possession of WeaponsTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (6)Taunton Holway & Lambrook (14)
Public OrderTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (82)Taunton Wilton (328)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood (2)Taunton Wilton (19)
ShopliftingTaunton Pyrland & Priorswood (9)Taunton Wilton (221)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Taunton Holway & Lambrook (2)Taunton Wilton (12)
Vehicle CrimeTaunton Wilton (21)Taunton Pyrland & Priorswood (27)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTaunton North Town (580)Taunton Holway & Lambrook (578)

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 August, when Taunton saw a 500% 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. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Taunton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+8%-33%+12%-8%-7%+26%-20%+5%-18%-12%
Bicycle Theft-14%-46%-50%-50%-13%-29%+14%-25%+63%+100%
Burglary-30%-69%-68%-14%-11%-56%-39%-68%-58%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-38%-15%-3%-15%+15%-59%-29%+9%+19%
Drugs+11%-56%-+125%-56%+300%-14%-33%-+33%
Other Crime-14%-50%-56%-60%-56%+500%+160%--14%+400%
Other Theft-67%-60%-31%-43%-20%-+7%+11%-43%-45%
Possession of Weapons--20%+50%+100%+300%+300%-33%--67%+100%
Public Order+6%-24%+8%-13%-+2%+8%-18%-26%-5%
Robbery+133%-57%+9%+22%-75%+100%-75%-45%-67%-56%
Shoplifting-42%-69%-64%-41%-67%+31%+33%-8%-70%-73%
Theft From the Person+29%--50%-71%-22%-50%-71%-25%-75%-80%
Vehicle Crime-46%-74%-53%-21%-55%-42%-61%-56%-72%+7%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-6%-15%+3%+26%+32%+25%-21%+8%-16%

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).

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