Top 20 burglary hotspots revealed
Homeowners in Leeds and north London will be locking their doors and joining neighbourhood watch schemes in a bid to protect themselves against thieves, as the two regions are named hotspots for burglaries.
According to the latest figures from price comparison website, MoneySupermarket, residents of Stoke Newington in London live in the number one location for break-ins. Homeowners in that area are the most likely to claim for theft or burglary on their home insurance policy.
Apperley in Bradford takes the second spot followed closely by West Bromwich.
The research also found that Bramley, Rodley and Swinnow have the most ‘at-risk’ postcode district in Leeds.
"Home is where the heart is, and there is no denying that a burglary in your home is an emotional and frightening experience,” said Julie Fisher, head of home insurance at moneysupermarket.com.
“However, being in a higher risk area doesn't necessarily mean where you live is bad or rife with crime - many thieves will target more affluent areas purely for the rewards on offer.”
"No matter where you live there will always be an element of risk to the safety of your possessions. Properties classified as being in a ‘high-risk' area - whether that be for crime, or something like flooding or subsidence - could see the price of cover affected.”
The UK-wide burglary hotspots study revealed that the number of theft claims per 1000 for Stoke Newington was the highest at 33.
It’s not just your home which may need protection, credit card and ID fraud could occur at any time.
Postcode District Town County / City Number of theft claims per 1000 enquiries
1 N16 Stoke Newington London 33.6
2 BD10 Apperley Bridge Bradford 31.7
3 B71 West Bromwich West Midlands 31.7
4 N22 Wood Green London 30.3
5 LS13 Bramley, Rodley, Swinnow Leeds 30.0
6 LS15 Austhorpe, Barwick-in-Elmet, Colton, Cross Gates, Halton, Halton Moor, Scholes, Whitkirk Leeds 28.9
7 BD18 Saltaire, Shipley, Windhill, Wrose Bradford 28.6
8 LS7 Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Little London, Meanwood, Potternewton, Sheepscar Leeds 27.4
9 DN2 Intake, Wheatley, Wheatley Hills Doncaster 27.3
10 SW16 Streatham London 27.2
11 LS8 Fearnville, Gipton, Gledhow, Harehills, Moortown, Oakwood, Roundhay Leeds 27.1
12 UB7 West Drayton, Harmondsworth, Sipson, Yiewsley, Longford Greater London 26.4
13 IG8 Woodford Green London 26.2
14 EN5 Barnet Hertfordshire 26.1
15 B75 Sutton Trinity, Falcon Lodge, Rectory Birmingham 25.9
16 DN35 Cleethorpes North East Lincolnshire 25.9
17 S13 Handsworth, Richmond, Woodhouse Sheffield 25.8
18 BD2 Eccleshill, Fagley, Wrose Bradford 25.6
19 LS12 Armley, Farnley, New Farnley, Wortley Leeds 25.2
20 NW7 Mill Hill London 25.0