Over 200 crimes were reported in Exeter city centre during the month of February, according to figures released by Devon & Cornwall Police.
The most frequent offence reported was anti-social behaviour, with 79 incidents recorded during the month, whilst 40 serious and/or sexual violent crimes were also reported.
There were also 35 reported cases of shoplifting.
When the whole Exeter area and nearby districts in Central, West and East Devon are added, the number of crimes rises to nearly 2,000. This figure includes 251 crimes in Newton Abbott and 212 in Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth.
On the whole, crime in the area is expected to have fallen in the last 12 months, with the official figures expected to be released sometime next week.
This information follows the news that the number of police officers based in rural police stations in Devon and Cornwall has been reduced by half or more since 2010.