Devon and Cornwall are the safest places to live and visit in England and Wales, according to new crime figures released. 

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) show Devon and Cornwall have consistently been in the top three in recent years. 

The latest figures put Devon and Cornwall in first place, ahead of Wiltshire and North Yorkshire. 

Crime in Devon and Cornwall rose by 0.4 per cent, below the national average of 2.6 per cent. 

Although theft offences have increased overall by nearly 16 per cent, the force area still has the lowest rate of theft in the country. 

Forces across the country have seen similar rises in thefts, which seem to be driven by the cost of living crisis.  

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly  Alison Hernandez added: “It’s fantastic news that once again our counties are the safest places to live in the country.  However, this is no cause for complacency; there is still much to be done to achieve my police and crime plan priorities of tackling violence, drug use, antisocial behaviour and road safety in our communities.”

Adding: “Last week I opened a front desk in Devonport and will be reopening a further five this financial year and four more in 2024/25, bringing to the total open across Devon and Cornwall to 26.”