According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) crime figures released on Thursday 26 January 2023, Devon and Cornwall remain one of the safest places to live and visit in England and Wales.
The statistics report that overall crime rose by 10.6 per cent in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the 12 months to September 2022, which is lower than the national average rise of 12.3 per cent, and 1.3 lower than Wiltshire, which ranks as first place for the lowest total number of crimes in England and Wales.
Compared to statistics released in the same time period in 2020 and 2021, a rise in crime was expected as the country was subjected to national and regional COVID-19 lockdowns. When compared to pre-COVID crime levels in 2019, Devon and Cornwall has seen an increase of just 1.4 per cent.
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