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Safe Scillies is the place to be

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: February 01, 2010

Scillies hailed as safest place to live in country

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THE Isles of Scilly have been hailed as the safest place to live in Britain after it emerged the islands have the lowest crime rate in the country.

According to a survey in a national newspaper, the Scillies recorded only 12 offences of criminal damage and six burglaries last year. There were no sex attacks and no vehicle crime.

Low crime rates on the isolated islands, about 28 miles off the south-west tip of Cornwall, were in stark contrast to urban areas, particularly in the north of England.

For vandalism, recorded as criminal damage, the highest rate was in Corby, Northamptonshire, at 33.6 offences for every 1,000 people living there – six times worse than the Scillies, which recorded a 5.7 rating.

In a survey covering every force in England and Wales, the burglary hot spot was Burnley in Lancashire, with 2,154 offences – or 24.6 per 1,000 people. The Scillies had a rate of 2.8 per 1,000.

Slough in Berkshire was the worst place for car crime, with 30 offences for every 1,000 people living there. The Scillies scored nil.

When it came to sex attacks, the blackspot was Westminster in London, where the rate stood at 2.3 per 1,000 people. The Scillies emerged scoreless.

The population of 2,135 across the five main inhabited islands are policed by a team comprising a sergeant and two constables, who work from a white police station on St Mary's.

Meanwhile, North Cornwall had one of the lowest levels of car crime and burglaries. West Devon also had a low burglary rate.

The analysis underlines how statistics regularly show how the Westcountry is not blighted by crime to the same extent as many other parts of the country.

According to the latest British Crime Survey, Devon and Cornwall now rank as the fourth safest place to live in the country, with an average of 59 crimes per 1,000 residents last year, against a national average of 83.

The number of crimes committed across the region fell by almost 8,000, the equivalent of a 7 per cent drop.

But the Home Office figures revealed that the perception in the level of crime in the region remained disproportionately high.

It showed 14 per cent of people perceived a high level of anti-social behaviour, while nearly a quarter believed that drug use or dealing went on close to their homes.

But in reality, figures painted a much brighter picture.

Vehicle crime decreased 16 per cent, burglary 13 per cent, theft and robbery 8 per cent each and violence against the person also down 5 per cent.

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    jimbo, plymouth  |  February 02 2010, 6:49PM

    scilly isalmost crime free but devon and cornwall are not , plymouth is crime ridden particurly assaults and burgulary

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    Mary, Polzeath  |  February 02 2010, 10:36AM

    A few here have very selective reminiscences of Cornwall. Before the folk from up-country came here, Cornwall was known as West Barbary full of Pirates and thieves. The complete opposite to the one given by Taurus

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    Bill, Truro, England  |  February 01 2010, 2:22PM

    Hey Taurus, I was born in Cornwall and so was my parents but my grand parents were not. A person I know has a very Cornish sounding surname but when they did a family history search they find there family started from France. I bet lots of so called 'proper' cornish families moved to Cornwall over 100 years ago. Its a free world and Country people can move where there like, I know loads of Cornish people who have moved to Spain, France, Canada etc But its OK for them because there Cornish!

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    Lucy, Truro  |  February 01 2010, 2:15PM

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......

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    Londoner, Falmouth  |  February 01 2010, 2:12PM

    Hey man. Dont u say that about us man. Im from London and I aint scum. Ok I aint as white as you and I com from the iner city, but dont tar us all with the same brush man. it wasnt my falt that we got a record. the police had no right to search us and when they found the knife it was an illegal search man. they should never be allowed to take us to court. just because Im coloured theyve taken me an my kids to court over 25 times in the last 2 years. Thats wrong man. I have tried to get my kids off drugs an that, and you should be happy I am tryin to stop them dealing too.

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    Penrynner, Penryn  |  February 01 2010, 1:56PM

    Now let me see. Is that because most of the islands are uninhabited? Or because the ones that are, possibly have no police presence, so crime cannot be reported? Or is it because they have no council houses, so the scum can't be bussed down there from the inner cities like they are in Falmouth? http://twitter.com/penrynner

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    Mike Hunt, St Awfull  |  February 01 2010, 12:33PM

    What a load of clap trap, of course the Scillys are safe its a set of small islands. In fact the scillys are down right dangerous compared to the unihabited island offshore from Padstow. I can't remember of any crime there at all last year.

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    Bob Smith, Truro  |  February 01 2010, 10:45AM

    What! Safer than Moss Side?

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    Taurus, Redruth, Cornwall  |  February 01 2010, 10:13AM

    I did notice this in the press over the weekend and this is exactly as Cornwall use to be before being spoilt by the the influx of so many from England's big cities and the such like. If only we could turn the clock back.

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