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Milton Keynes tops list as best place to trick or treat

27th October 2015

  • Milton Keynes named best town to go trick-or-treating this Halloween
  • Chesterfield, Middlesbrough and Hull less likely to offer good Halloween haul
  • Zoopla reveals 10 of the streets with spookiest names
  • Halloween trick-or-treaters are best off knocking on doors in Milton Keynes this year, according to the latest Trick or Treat Index from property website, Zoopla.

    The index, which ranks towns and cities across England by a combination of factors key to ensuring a successful Halloween haul – namely, high property prices and household density, safe roads and low local crime rates – has also revealed that places such as Chesterfield, Middlesbrough and Hull could be less favourable locations for trick or treat revellers.

    Milton Keynes, where property prices are £266,533, topped the table, boasting the lowest crime rate of all the towns and cities analysed, making the area one of the safest places for trick-or-treaters. Colchester came second with the area’s combination of low crime and relatively high home values making it a safe bet for trick-or-treaters.

    Conversely, to those seeking spooky treats around Chesterfield this Halloween, beware; the area’s low population density, below-average house price values and high levels of road traffic accidents have resulted in the town coming bottom of the Trick or Treat Index.

    Those scouring for sweets in Hull and Middlesbrough may also not be particularly successful. Middlesbrough has one of the index’s highest crime rates as well as a relatively low number of households (57,200), while Hull has the lowest average house price of all the areas surveyed.

    To celebrate the scary season, Zoopla can also reveal 10 of the UK’s spookiest street names. Among those identified are Spook Hill in Dorking where the average property is valued at £651,298, Black Cat Drive in Northampton where the average home is estimated to be worth £192,587, and Goblins Green in Welwyn Garden City where average values are £303,218.

    Lawrence Hall of Zoopla commented: “Seasoned trick-or-treaters know what will help them secure a better Halloween haul and stay safe while doing so. For the optimum Halloween experience, our index shows that Milton Keynes is the place to go. Homeowners in the area might want to stock up on goodies, or else be prepared for some tricks coming their way!”

    Top 10 places for trick or treating

    Rank Town Avg Property Value (Oct 2015) Number of Households Incidents of crime per 1,000 residents Pedestrian RTAs per 1,000 residents Trick or Treat Index
    1 Milton Keynes £266,533 98,600 5.05 0.30 153
    2 Colchester £276,537 71,600 6.72 0.29 139
    3 Stockport £227,080 122,000 9.29 0.23 138
    4 Bristol £274,479 182,700 8.64 0.45 134
    5 Coventry £175,467 128,600 6.76 0.37 133
    6= Wirral £216,132 140,600 9.19 0.40 128
    6= Cheltenham £312,332 50,900 8.06 0.21 128
    8 Wigan £150,260 136,400 8.05 0.23 127
    9 Southampton £259,361 98,300 6.13 0.47 123
    10 Warrington £197,522 85,100 7.30 0.31 122
    Source: Zoopla.co.uk, ONS, DfT, Police, Census

    Worst places for trick or treating

    Rank Town Avg Property Value (Oct. 2015) Number of Households Incidents of crime per 1,000 residents Pedestrian RTAs per 1,000 residents Trick or Treat Index
    1 Chesterfield £162,251 46,800 7.94 2.43 50
    2 Middlesbrough £141,801 57,200 13.75 0.37 51
    3 Hull £123,904 112,600 11.00 0.52 57
    4 Preston £178,121 57,600 13.90 0.42 60
    5 Nottingham £174,895 126,100 16.51 0.64 61
    6 Liverpool £155,397 206,500 15.36 0.66 64
    7 Manchester £159,153 205,000 15.68 0.56 69
    8= Derby £184,443 102,300 10.98 0.56 70
    8= Oldham £134,412 89,700 9.37 0.43 70
    10 Huddersfield £163,204 173,500 11.39 1.04 71
    Source: Zoopla.co.uk, ONS, DfT, Police, Census

    Spooky UK streets

      Spooky Streets Avg. Property Value
    1 Spook Hill, Dorking £651,298
    2 Cackle Street, Rye £359,264
    3 Cauldron Crescent, Swanage £326,283
    4 Bat Alley, Sturminster Newton £311,979
    5 Goblins Green, Welwyn Garden City £303,218
    6 Spells Close, Southminster £283,059
    7 Tricks Terrace, Winkleigh £273,214
    8 Coven Road, Stafford £262,757
    9 Spiders Lane, Exmouth £257,646
    10 Black Cat Drive, Northampton £192,587
    Source: Zoopla.co.uk

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