The wait is finally over. After analysing 1.8 million home insurance claims from January 2015 - December 2016, MoneySupermarket reveal the postcodes for the biggest burglary hotspots in the UK.
Not surprisingly, London districts stole the show by taking 16 out of the 20 most burgled postcodes. In fact, the IG4 postcode that covers the area between Redbridge and Gants Hill in East London was the most burgled district in the UK!
Here's a list of the 20 most burgled postcodes last year. Each postcode has a number next to it which represents how many properties out of 1,000 made a home insurance claim after a burglary. Is your postcode on the list?
Last week, the Crime Survey of England and Wales was released and it reveals that domestic burglaries fell by 8% from October 2015 to September 2016 - a massive decrease of 71% since 1995!
We also learned that the postcode district that came top of the burglary hotspot list last year, Dulwich in South London, reported a 29% decrease in domestic burglaries.
This can only mean one thing...
“It is encouraging to see the overall rate of burglary claims has dropped 8% in the last year, in line with the fall in recorded burglaries. That’s no doubt thanks to improvements in home security, although the falling cost of electrical items, such as TVs, might be significant as, simply put, there’s less need for burglars to steal items than in the past.”- Kevin Pratt, of Moneysupermarket.com
Let's hope the residents of Redbridge take note!
The take-home point here is that homeowners must take action to prevent burglary. In 2017, it's naive to believe that criminals will put down their crowbars - which leaves it up to you to make their job as difficult as possible.
All too often we are contacted after a family has suffered a traumatic break in.
Most people think their fake CCTV camera or the padlock on the side gate is enough to stop the common burglar, but it's not.
Click the button below to download your free security checklist. Can you honestly put a tick next to each security measure?
If not, your home could be safer...