East Devon crime figures: police reveal annual statistics for communities across the district

A detailed breakdown of reported crimes in communities around East Devon has been revealed by police. 

A total of 6,149 offences and incidents were logged across Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Axminster between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019.

This compares to 5,988 in the corresponding period in the previous year and is a 2.6 per cent rise.

They range from violence, sexual offences and burglary, to drugs, criminal damage, possession of weapons and public order offences.

Honiton saw a 20.2 per cent increase in reported crimes, while there was a 3.6 per cent drop in Exmouth.

Sidmouth saw its total fall by 10.5 per cent, as recorded incidents in Budleigh, Bicton and Raleigh rose by 27 per cent.

The Exmouth Town policing area saw the highest number of crimes with 904 reports, however, this was a 12.2 per cent decrease for the patch.

Seaton Rural had the least with 181 – but reported crime was marginally up there by 1.1 per cent.

Reported crime figures in East Devon between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019:


Axminster Rural
This year: 198
Last year: 209
Difference: -5.3%

Images courtesy of Devon and Cornwall Police.

Axminster Town
This year: 568
Last year: 498
Difference: +14.1%

Axminster total
This year: 766
Last year: 707
Difference: +8.3%

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh, Bicton and Raleigh
This year: 310
Last year: 244
Difference: +27%

Clyst Valley, Woodbury and Lympstone

Clyst Valley, Woodbury and Lympstone
This year: 247
Last year: 208
Difference: +18.8%


Exmouth Brixington
This year: 339
Last year: 344
Difference: -1.5%

Exmouth Halsdon and Withycombe
This year: 415
Last year: 379
Difference: +9.5%

Exmouth Littleham
This year: 393
Last year: 376
Difference: +4.5%

Exmouth Town
This year: 904
Last year: 1,030
Difference: -12.2%

Exmouth total
This year: 2,051
Last year: 2,129
Difference: -3.6%


Honiton Rural
This year: 226
Last year: 195
Difference: +15.9%

East Devon crime figuresHoniton Town
This year: 617
Last year: 506
Difference: +21.9%

East Devon crime figures

Honiton total
This year: 843
Last year: 701
Difference: +20.2%

Ottery St Mary

Ottery Rural
This year: 753
Last year: 737
Difference: +2.2%

East Devon crime figuresOttery Town
This year: 220
Last year: 227
Difference: -3.1%

East Devon crime figuresOttery total
This year: 973
Last year: 964
Difference: +0.9%


This year: 242
Last year: 247
Difference: -2%

East Devon crime figures

Seaton Rural
This year: 181
Last year: 179
Difference: +1.1%

East Devon crime figures

Seaton total
This year: 423
Last year: 426
Difference: -0.7%


This year: 545
Last year: 609
Difference: 10.5%

East Devon crime figuresFigures released by Devon and Cornwall Police show there were 104,858 recorded crimes in the force area between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019. For the previous 12 months, that figure was 104,812.

A separate Office for National Statistics report for the 12 months to June this year shows that Devon and Cornwall is the fifth safest of 43 force areas in England and Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “While I am pleased to see reductions in many areas of recorded crime we cannot and will not be complacent.

“Crime levels remain a concern to me and to our communities and we must continue to do all we can to improve our response to all types of crime.

“Recruitment of more officers is part of the solution so I am delighted that, in addition to a planned uplift in force strength, we will have an additional 141 officers added to the force through the first year of the national uplift.

“Despite our chocolate box image, we are not immune from drug dealing and organised crime that has taken hold in the country at large.”

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