Torbay Crime Overview

Torbay is the third most dangerous major town in the South West, and the 49th most dangerous overall out of the UK's major towns. The overall crime rate in Torbay in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people.

In July 2017, Torbay was the second-worst major town in the South West for possession of weapons, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2015 was also a bad month for Torbay residents, when it was the South West's second-most dangerous major town for robbery, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.05 per 1,000 residents. Torbay recorded 15 reports of other crime during May 2015, making its crime rate of 0.11 the second-worst major town for other crime in the South West that month.

The most common crimes in Torbay are violence and sexual offences, with 4,001 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 4,739 offences and a difference of 5.42 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Torbay's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 36 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 8% from 2019's figure of 33 crimes.

Torbay Crime Map

Click to use map

Summary of Crimes in Torbay This Year

 Torbay
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour3,81027.96
Bicycle Theft360.26
Burglary3012.21
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1078.12
Drugs4603.38
Other Crime1561.14
Other Theft5974.38
Possession of Weapons1150.84
Public Order6614.85
Robbery640.47
Shoplifting4993.66
Theft From the Person470.34
Vehicle Crime4713.46
Violence and Sexual Offences4,00129.36

Torbay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33282628Safer
Bicycle Theft0.400.520.240.26Safer
Burglary4.53.63.52.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010108Safer
Drugs2.83.13.23.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.41.41.1Safer
Other Theft7854.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.720.871.10.84Safer
Public Order6654.8Safer
Robbery0.490.700.760.47Safer
Shoplifting663.83.7Safer
Theft From the Person1.00.900.850.34Safer
Vehicle Crime3.44.44.13.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31343529Safer

Comparing Torbay to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Torbay62.49-
Coventry71.5013% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9916% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2316% more dangerous
Croydon77.1819% more dangerous
Bradford79.1921% more dangerous
London80.7023% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0230% more dangerous
Bristol91.5732% more dangerous
Leeds91.9032% more dangerous
Leicester102.5139% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Torbay During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Torbay change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Torbay saw a 233% increase in robbery. Torbay saw a large fall in theft from the person during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Torbay's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%+25%+44%+35%+9%+43%+3%+24%+3%
Bicycle Theft---25%+50%-60%+100%-75%+125%-33%
Burglary-35%-41%-31%-45%-50%-44%-34%-51%-19%
Criminal Damage and Arson-40%-24%-31%-4%+21%+18%-15%-15%-24%
Drugs+6%-9%-8%+5%+3%+69%+3%+5%+73%
Other Crime-50%-15%+38%-26%-32%-35%-13%--33%
Other Theft-27%-5%-38%-20%-30%-20%-3%-10%-8%
Possession of Weapons-36%-15%-65%+20%-10%+13%-6%-+88%
Public Order+8%-25%+18%+15%+17%+7%+20%-12%-38%
Robbery+17%-13%-38%-83%-38%+233%-22%-76%-20%
Shoplifting+35%-33%+16%-49%+5%-18%+2%+4%+44%
Theft From the Person-88%-78%-70%-63%-33%-63%--75%-67%
Vehicle Crime+26%+125%-36%+65%+33%+46%-52%-65%-52%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-32%-28%-6%+1%+24%+12%-5%-23%

Torbay's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Torbay
Brixham7154248% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Torbay

What police force serves Torbay?
Torbay's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Torbay?
Torbay is the third most dangerous major town in the South West.
What is Torbay's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Torbay are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Torbay?
Torbay's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021