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Britain's burglary hotspot postcodes revealed with affluent town topping list

Mirror logo Mirror 10/01/2019 Bradley Jolly
a view of a city street: Henley-in-Arden is a quiet market town in Warwickshire - and also a burglary hotspot, data shows © Birmingham Post and Mail Henley-in-Arden is a quiet market town in Warwickshire - and also a burglary hotspot, data shows

The UK's burglary hotspots have been revealed in a huge study into crime across the country.

More than 2.5million home insurance quotes over the last two years have identified the areas worst-hit by lowlife thieves.

And worryingly, burglary increased by 16% in 2018 on the previous year.

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But Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, an affluent town where average house prices exceed £460,000, tops the list with a rate of 50.46 claims per 1,000 insurance quotes in the last two years.

It knocks Guildford, Surrey, off top spot.

Ingatestone, near Chelmsford, Essex, is not far behind with 49.76 claims per 1,000 insurance quotes.

a person walking down a city street: Guildford was top of the chart last year but it has fallen to 171st place © Credits: Surrey Advertiser Guildford was top of the chart last year but it has fallen to 171st place

But Whitehaven, Cumbria, had the lowest burglary rate with 0.76 claims per 1,000 quotes.

Cockermouth and Mayport, both in the area, are also areas least likely to be burgled, the study shows.

Other areas successfully keeping burglars at bay include Falmouth, Cornwall and Aberystwyth, Wales.

10 postcode areas with the highest burglary rates

Contents theft rate (per 1000)

B95 - Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire 50.46

CM4 - Ingatestone, Essex 49.76

IG5 - Ilford, Essex 47.56

EH4- North-west Edinburgh, 46.43

LS8 - Harehills and Roundhay, Leeds 46.30

B94 - South Solihull, West Midlands 45.80

GU23 - Woking, Surrey, 45.30

SK8 - Cheadle, Greater Manchester, 45.29

EH13 - Portobello and Joppa, Edinburgh 43.99

a narrow city street with cars parked on the side of a building: The stats show Ingatestone in Essex is another burglary hotspot © Credits: Alamy Stock Photo The stats show Ingatestone in Essex is another burglary hotspot
 

Those in Leeds (31%) and London (28%) are the most likely to believe they live in a burglary hotspot.

The data has been compiled by MoneySuperMarket, which found that, on average, those who have been subject to a burglary over the past five years pay an average of 16.8% more for their contents insurance policy.

Emma Garland, data scientist at the firm, said: "Over the past 12 months, burglars have mostly been targeting suburbs and urban areas, with the safest areas dominated by smaller towns and villages.

"Anyone that has ever been burgled will tell you that the cost goes beyond the value of the items stolen, from the psychological impact of your home being violated to the difficulty of replacing things with sentimental value.

a group of people walking on a city street: Whitehaven is a a town and port on the coast of Cumbria © Credits: Alamy Stock Photo Whitehaven is a a town and port on the coast of Cumbria "That’s why it’s surprising to see that almost half of people haven’t put any additional protection in place for their home, despite one in five believing they live in a burglary hotspot."

10 postcode areas with the lowest burglary rates

Contents theft rate (per 1000)

CA28 - Whitehaven, Cumbria 0.76

TR11 - Falmouth, Cornwall 0.92

CA13 - Cockermouth, Cumbria 1.08

SY23 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales 1.08

CA1 - Botcherby and Garlands, Carlisle 1.10

PL19 - Tavistock, Devon 1.23

DD10 - Montrose, Angus, Scotland 1.24

NR10 - Hevingham, Horsford, Cawston, Badersfield and surrounding areas in Norfolk 1.29

KY4 - Cowdenbeath, west Fife, Scotland 1.32

KY5 - Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland 1.35

The best advice from insurance companies is to take precautions, such as fitting new door and window locks © Credits: Getty Images/fStop The best advice from insurance companies is to take precautions, such as fitting new door and window locks
 

Ms Garland added: "For thieves, it’s all about risk versus reward – if the reward looks likely to exceed the risk, they are going to target that home. Homeowners must do as much as possible to tip the balance in their favour and make things harder for burglars.

"People who have been targeted by thieves previously pay an average of 16.8 per cent more for contents insurance, so it pays to ensure your home is as protected as possible.

"If you take precautions - such as fitting new door and window locks, installing bar windows where necessary and using security cameras – you can reduce both your contents insurance and your anxiety about getting burgled.

"Looking for the best deal possible at every renewal will also help keep premiums low."

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