Where trick or treating is safe as houses?

October 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM Leave a comment

As millions of children and their parents set out into the cold to go trick or treating this Halloween, we can reveal which are the best towns to do it in.

Our Trick or Treat Index ranks towns and cities across the country by a combination of factors including property values, density of households, road safety and crime – each important for a successful Halloween night.

Cambridge tops the list with the best mix of wealthy homeowners, low number of road traffic accidents and negligible crime. Second is Norwich then London third helped by its high density of homes and heady property values. Within London, the top three trick or treating hot spots are Barnet, Bromley and Wandsworth.

At the other end of the Trick or Treat Index, serious sweet-hunters might want to avoid Oldham, Middlesbrough and Colchester which were identified as the least favorable towns for trick or treating through a combination of low property values, lower population density, higher crime and greater road traffic accident figures. For the full list of both ten best and not so good for trick or treating, see below. 

Best places for Trick or Treating

Rank Town Avg Property Value No. of Households Incidents of crime per 1,000 residents Pedestrian RTAs per 1,000 residents Trick or Treat Index
1 Cambridge £310,519 109,245 0.10 0.26 146
2 Norwich £192,666 176,164 0.16 0.33 143
3 London £440,658 2,075,534 0.05 0.70 139
4 Northampton £180,255 127,956 0.22 0.29 126
5 Ipswich £186,559 99,458 0.21 0.28 121
6 Leeds £163,242 302,828 0.23 0.44 118
7 Milton Keynes £209,198 104,455 0.34 0.29 115
8 Sheffield £156,377 289,318 0.23 0.50 114
9 York £222,505 130,325 0.49 0.33 112
10 Bristol £221,572 358,749 0.55 0.51 111

Source: Zoopla.co.uk, ONS, DfT

 

Worst places for Trick or Treating

Rank Town Avg Property Value No. of Households Incidents of crime per 1,000 residents Pedestrian RTAs per 1,000 residents Trick or Treat Index
1 Oldham £119,029 89,508 0.39 0.56 38
2 Middlesbrough £131,566 89,482 0.88 0.35 39
3 Colchester £217,394 99,149 0.72 0.99 51
4 Preston £160,271 130,282 0.74 0.72 53
5 Brighton £269,854 95,741 0.71 0.89 59
6 Barnsley £118,610 93,970 0.23 0.47 62
7 Hull £111,848 150,160 0.47 0.52 68
8 Bolton £130,278 127,763 0.38 0.57 68
9 Leicester £168,460 242,678 0.73 0.77 69
10 Nottingham £149,217 350,996 0.64 0.73 71

Source: Zoopla.co.uk, ONS, DfT

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