Wadebridge is the safest town to live in county
WADEBRIDGE is Cornwall's safest town to live in, according to the latest police crime statistics.
The figures show that between May and September this year Wadebridge had the fewest recorded crimes of the 18 towns in the county with a population over 6,000.
A total of 168 crimes were recorded in the Wadebridge ward during the five-month period, compared to 1,101 in St Austell, the highest in the county.
Sergeant Robin Moorcroft singled out crime prevention as the most significant factor in keeping crime rates low in the Wadebridge area.
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"Crime prevention has played a significant part in dealing with the problems before they occur, and we're also in touch with the public more through social media," Mr Moorcroft added. "The public are more aware of crime trends and can use social media to prevent opportunists."
The statistics take into account 14 different types of crime, with antisocial behaviour accounting for 41 per cent of crimes committed in the town.
Mr Moorcroft said this category was mainly down to "bored teenagers". He hopes that a planned skatepark will help to cut the number of reported antisocial behaviour issues.
"The problem for Wadebridge is that it is a great sporting town which is phenomenal for rugby, football and tennis, but not everybody is interested in that and the town needs a skatepark," Mr Moorcroft said.
"We are working to try to achieve that, because it will help to relieve teenagers uninterested in those sports of their boredom and stop some of them causing anti-social behaviour."
Padstow has also fared well in the latest publication, with its 146 recorded crimes being the third fewest in the county of towns with a population over 3,000. Only the Millbrook and Rame (121) and Mount Hawke and St Agnes (143) wards fared better.
The statistics also show that the Rock, Polzeath and Port Isaac police ward has the second lowest recorded crime rate (77) in the entire county (excluding Treliske Hospital, Truro), with only Launceston Rural having fewer crimes (two).
Mr Moorcroft cited the police relationship with partner agents in the Rock, Polzeath and Port Isaac ward as a major reason for the recent positive results.
"There are many holiday homes in the area and we are working with partner agents to prevent burglaries and crime prevention," he said. "It is down to the dedication of the local officers who are committed to making Wadebridge, Padstow and the surrounding area a safe place to live and work."