Bocastle, Cornwall is the safest place in England and Wales to raise a family

Posted in: Research Last updated: 01 Mar 2013

An analysis of crime statistics by Family Investments finds Boscastle, Cornwall the safest postcode in England and Wales


Just 48 crimes were reported in Boscastle, Cornwall, between December 2010 and June 2012, making it the safest place in England and Wales to bring up a family. Compared against the size of the local population, the postcode is amongst the safest with just 0.05 crimes reported per head.

The top twenty locations were based on the total number of crimes reported and the finding follows analysis of crime statistics for all 2,400 postcodes by award-winning children's savings provider Family Investments.

Twelve of the twenty safest postcodes were found in to be in the South West of England including all of the top five. Less than one hundred crimes were reported in all of the top ten postcodes but Winkleigh and Montacute were joint second with 74 crimes.

Kate Moore, Head of Savings and Investments at Family Investments said, "Official ONS statistics published recently point to 800,000 fewer crimes being reported in England and Wales last year, and our analysis has identified those locations where crime is barely a factor for those families living there.

"Safety is an important consideration for parents when thinking about where to bring up a family. Rural areas are often said to have a strong community spirit and they come out well when looking at the total number of crimes. Of course, not every family will want to live in the countryside and there is some trade off between amenities and the advantages of low crime, green space and fresh air."

Family Investments' analysis collected data on the following:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Vehicle Crime
  • Violent Crime
  • All other crime reported to the police including criminal damage, shoplifting and drug offences.

This analysis of crime statistics formed part of Family Investments' annual Family Friendly Hotspots report, which also offered parents an online tool to help them search for their ideal postcode location.

Postcodes with the smallest number of reported crimes - December 2010 - June 2012

 Postcode  Town  Number of crimes reported between Dec 2012 and June 2012  Crime per head of population  Area  Region
 PL35  Bocastle  48  0.05  Cornwall  SW
 EX19  Winkleigh  74  0.02  Devon  SW
 TA15  Montacute  74  0.1  Somerset  SW
 PL34  Tintagel  75  0.04  Cornwall  SW
 PL16  Lifton  77  0.04  Devon  SW
 NE70  Belford  78  0.5  Northumberland  NE
 PL33  Delabole  78  0.04  Cornwall  SW
 PE5  Castor  82  0.06  Peterborough  EM
 CA27  St Bees  89  0.06  Cumbria  NW
 SG10  Much Hadham  96  0.05  Hertfordshire  SE
 TR17  Marazion  110  0.07  Cornwall  SW
 CA24  Moor Row  117  0.15  Cumbria  NW
 CA9  Alston  118  0.05  Cumbria  NW
BS28  Wedmore  119  0.04  Somerset  SW
 EX35  Lynton  124  0.07  Devon  SW
 NE48  Bellingham  132  0.03  Northumberland  NE
 TA22  Dulverton  132  0.05  Somerset  SW
 EX18  Chulmleigh  134  0.04  Devon  SW
 NE68  Seahouses  134  0.07  Northumberland  NE
 EX21  Shebbear  144  0.04  Devon  SW


    About Boscastle:

    Sitting on the north coast of Cornwall, Boscastle is only 14 miles from the popular surfing town of Bude and the town has less than 1,000 residents. A combination of excellent local schools and easy access to some of the UK's most scenic coastline make this small fishing port a popular place for bringing up a family.

    About Winkleigh:

    Winkleigh is a vibrant Devon village with a population of around 2,000 people. It is situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor, and has a Post Office, a butcher's shop, a wet fish shop, general stores, a vets and a doctors' surgery. There is also a lively community centre, a village hall and a sports centre. The local primary school has excellent attainment at Key Stage 2, with results well above the national average. The town was ranked 1st in Family Investments 2011 Hotspots report.

    About Montacute:

    Montacute is a small village in Somerset, England, four miles west of Yeovil. The village has a population of 680 and is a short distance from the Elizabethan manor and English Heritage property, Montacute House. In addition to its low crime levels, affordable property makes the town an attractive location to live.


    For more information on the Family Investments Family Friendly Hotspots report, click here to download the full PDF.

    About Calnea Analytics

    Calnea Analytics is a leading provider of property market analysis and data to all sectors of the UK economy – including government institutions, mortgage lenders, surveyors, estate agents and the general public. They offer an intellectual pedigree, through their application of technology, and research into improved statistical methodology. Calnea Analytics is the official statistical consultant to Land Registry. Calnea is a subsidiary of Landmark Information Group.

    References and acknowledgements

    Crime data was obtained from the local crime and policing information service for England and Wales. The data covers crimes reported between December 2010 and June 2012.