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Which are the safest cities in England and Wales?

When contemplating a buy-to-let location, there are many factors to consider. Top of the list is usually the rental value and capital appreciation, however, it’s worth considering how safe the area is. Tenants are unlikely to choose an area where they don’t feel safe, whether that’s on the streets or in their own homes.

The top 10 safest cities: 

Number 1. Nottingham

With a relatively low robbery rate of 76 for every 100,000 people and one of the lowest rates of stalking and harassment (517 per 100,000), Nottingham ranks as the safest city for investing in property. It also stands out for its attractive rental metrics, with a gross rental yield of 5.20% — this is above the national average of 4.98%. Initiatives in urban regeneration and community policing, such as the Safer Streets Program, contribute to its appeal as a safe investment location. 

    2. Newport

    Newport, Wales, comes in second, with low crime rates of only 60 robberies and 381 residential burglaries per 100,000 people. Newport has invested in safety measures, including improved street lighting and community support officers.

    3. Swansea

    In third is another Welsh city, Swansea, which claims the lowest robbery rate of 23 per 100,000 people. 

    4. Southend-on-Sea

    Southend-on-Sea has a low residential burglary rate of 433 per 100,000 people.

    5. Cardiff

    The Welsh capital, Cardiff, has a low robbery rate (58 per 100,000).

    6. Luton

    7. Norwich

    8. Liverpool

    9. Sunderland

    10. Bristol

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    Source: Molo

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