Wednesday, 24 April 2013

South Cambridgeshire Declared One Of The Most Peaceful Areas In Britain

South Cambridgeshire has been declared one of the most peaceful districts in Britain by a new UK Peace Index.

The research comes from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which shows the most and least peaceful areas in Britain. It defines peace as the absence of violence or fear of violence.

The findings, which cover the 10-year period from 2003 to 2012, show that crime is falling more rapidly in Britain than anywhere else in Western Europe.

The murder rate has halved since 2003, from 1.99 per 100,000 people to one per 100,000 with the violent crime rate falling from 1,255 to 933 per 100,000 people.

Broadland, in Norfolk, was the most peaceful area at local authority level, followed by Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Dorset and Maldon in Essex.

Inner London boroughs were the least peaceful - led by Lewisham and followed by Lambeth, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

The study credited the falling crime rate to changes in policing, technological advancements, an ageing population, reduced alcohol consumption and the introduction of the minimum wage. It concluded that poverty, employment, education, access to services, and inequality are closely related to peace.

The Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Simon Edwards, said: “We are very proud that the district is consistently recognised as one of the best places to live and work in national polls as this is a positive indication that the work we are carrying out is continuing to improve life for our residents. The survey results are no surprise at all as we are very fortunate to have high employment rates and excellent education twinned with very low crime.”