The Ribble Valley has been declared the second safest place in the country, being classed as safe as Wealden in Sussex, Richmondshire in North Yorkshire and Ryedale, also in North Yorkshire.
Inspector Chris Saville, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This is fantastic news for people living and working in the Ribble Valley, and re-affirms the borough as one of the safest places in the UK.
“We work very closely as part of the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime and reassure people.
“Although these figures are reassuring, I urge people to not be complacent, but to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.
“We need the public’s help to remain at the top and I appeal to people living in Ribble Valley to keep their houses, garages, sheds and cars locked, and valuables out of view.”
The Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership, a multi-agency organisation led by Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancashire Constabulary, was tasked with reducing crime in the borough by 13.5 per cent within three years, when it was formed in 1998.
Since then, reported crime in Ribble Valley has reduced by over 35 per cent and the partnership has maintained its position in the top five performing community safety partnerships in the UK, as well as been praised by the Police and Crime Standards Directorate for performing “significantly above its peers.”