Burglary hotspots UK: the towns and places with the most break-ins


Updated on 11 January 2019 | 6 Comments

Henley-in-Arden has been revealed as the UK’s burglary hotspot with proportionally more break-ins than anywhere else. So, where does your hometown rank?

There's not much going on in the small Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden.

Apart, it seems, from burglaries: it's topped a list of burglary hotspots across the UK.

Price comparison site MoneySupermarket analysed two million home insurance quotes over the past two years to identify the postcodes with the highest and lowest rate of claims for home contents theft.

Henley-in-Arden was found to have over 50 claims per 1,000 insurance quotes over the past five years, closely followed by the Essex villages of Blackmore, Fryerning, Ingatestone and Stock.

Cities also featured heavily in the top 20 burglary hotspots, including parts of Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge, Bristol, Liverpool, Leeds and London.

Although London residents are likely to believe they live in a crime hotspot, the capital's rate of burglaries was only slightly above the national average of 15.57 per 1,000 quotes, according to the data.

Scroll down for the postcodes where a burglary is most – and least – likely to occur.

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Is burglary getting worse?

MoneySupermarket found that the number of burglary claims increased by 16% this year.

The number of burglaries increased last year (image: Shutterstock)

Official crime figures also show a rise in burglaries, albeit by only 2% in the year ending June.

The difference is likely to be due to MoneySupermarket monitoring home insurance – which many poorer households might not have – whilst official figures record crimes reported to the police.

Overall, the rate of burglaries has fallen by three-quarters since the 1990s and you've got one-in-50 chance of being a victim, according to the official figures.

If it does happen to you, it can have lasting negative effects when it comes to getting cover in the future. 

MoneySupermarket found people previously targeted by thieves paid 16.8% more on average for contents insurance.

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Burglary hotspots

Rank

Postcode district

Post town

Contents theft rate (per 1000) *

1

B95

Henley-in-Arden

50.46

2

CM4

Ingatestone

49.76

3

IG5

Ilford

47.56

4

EH4

Edinburgh

46.43

5

LS8

Leeds

46.30

6

B94

Solihull

45.80

7

GU23

Woking

45.30

8

SK8

Cheadle

45.29

9

EH15

Edinburgh

43.99

10

M21

Manchester

43.98

11

CB5

Cambridge

43.48

12

M20

Manchester

42.92

13

BS7

Bristol

42.79

14

RH8

Oxted

42.65

15

SK4

Stockport

42.08

16

L16

Liverpool

42.04

17

LS17

Leeds

41.81

18

BS9

Bristol

41.78

19

TW11

Teddington

41.32

20

IG9

Buckhurst Hill

41.2

How to protect your home

Despite widespread concern about burglaries, almost half of us haven't taken any precautionary measures to protect our homes, such as burglar alarms, window locks or security cameras.

The Metropolitan Police has put together a list of tips to make your home safer, which we've listed below:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turnkey)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures - a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home) How to protect your home (Image:Shutterstock)
  • Install good outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

The Met also recommends that you:

  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high-value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

My home insurer punished my loyalty with a £700 penalty

The safest places to live

At the other end of the spectrum here are the 20 postcodes with the fewest claims for theft from the home.

Rank

Postcode district

Post town

Contents theft rate (per 1000) *

1

CA28

Whitehaven (near the Lake District)

0.76

2

TR11

Falmouth

0.92

3

CA13

Cockermouth (near the Lake District)

1.08

4

SY23

Aberystwyth

1.08

5

CA1

Carlisle

1.10

6

PL19

Tavistock

1.23

7

DD10

Montrose (East coast of Scotland)

1.24

8

NR10

Norwich

1.29

9

KY4

Cowdenbeath (near Dunfermline)

1.32

10

KY5

Lochgelly (near Dunfermline)

1.35

11

NR11

Aylsham (Norfolk)

1.36

12

DL8

Aysgarth (Yorkshire Dales)

1.39

13

PA8

Erskine (near Glasgow)

1.46

14

SW3

Chelsea

1.48

15

CA15

Mayport (near the Lake District)

1.48

16

AB25

Aberdeen

1.54

17

SA14

Llanelli

1.56

18

TD15

Berwick-upon-Tweed

1.57

19

TQ7

Kingsbridge (near Plymouth)

1.59

20

EX17

Crediton (near Exeter)

1.62

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