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Top Burglary Hotspots in The UK

Twelve London postcodes have been included in a list of the top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK.

According to insurance claim figures, people living in the M21 postcode area of Manchester are most likely to have been victims of burglary, with 45.2 claims per thousand people.

But Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in SE24 in London were close behind with 41.8, and Muswell Hill in N10 chalked up 40.9.

The figures came from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to website MoneySupermarket.com over the course of a year.

The top 20 were derived from the areas where the most people reported having made previous claims for burglary, per thousand people.

Kevin Pratt from the website said: “While the M21 postal district in Manchester is the country’s most notorious burglary claim hotspot, it is London that dominates the top 20 rankings. “Thieves often target areas with wealthy residents and desirable properties where the rewards are potentially greater or quieter areas where they think there is less risk of being caught red-handed.”

Alan McIness General Manager Secured by Design said;” Everybody should remember to secure their home as burglars are opportunistic. Simple this such as light switch timers can make people think that you are home and the right lock can stop thieves from gaining entry to your home.”

Top tips for securing your home:

  • When buying a new When replacing a door it is better to buy a new “door set”, the complete assembled frame and door, certified to British Standard PAS 24 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’.
  • If fitting locks to a standard wooden door fit a 5-lever mortise lock plus a night latch or rim lock both tested to BS 3621. These are a minimum insurance requirement.
  • If your door is PVCu or Composite then it should be fitted with a Multipoint lock meeting BS 3621.
  • Europrofile cylinders used on PVCu and Composite doors should meet TS007 and for additional protection use a security door handle.
  • Consider fitting a cage or restrictor on your letterbox to prevent thieves from putting their hands or gadgets through the letterbox.
  • If fitting an external letterbox make sure it is tested to TS009:2012 as this covers free standing or surface mounted letterboxes.
  • When buying patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.
  • A home that looks empty is more likely to be targeted by a burglar, use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even for just a couple of hours..

The top 20 burglary hotspots by postcode in the UK

1. M21 – Chorlton-cum-Hardy; Barlow Moor, Manchester, 45.2
2. SE24 – Herne Hill; Tulse Hill (part), London, 41.8
3. N10 – Muswell Hill, London, 40.9
4. RM8 – Dagenham; Becontree; Becontree Heath, London, 35.9
5. N2 – East Finchley; Fortis Green; Hampstead Garden Suburb (part), London, 34.5
6. L18 – Allerton; Mossley Hill, Liverpool, 33.3
7. L22 – Waterloo, Liverpool, 32.6
8. N18 – Upper Edmonton; Edmonton (part), London, 32.3
9. UB6 – Greenford; Perivale, London, 30.9
10. SE27 – West Norwood; Gipsy Hill (part), London, 30.5
11. B73 – Boldmere; New Oscott; Wylde Green, Birmingham, 29.5
12. E8 – Hackney Central; Dalston; London Fields, London, 29.4
13. DN2 – Intake; Wheatley; Wheatley Hills, Doncaster, 28.7
14.N20 – Whetstone; Totteridge; Oakleigh Park, London, 28.0
15. E9 – Homerton; Hackney Wick; South Hackney; Hackney Marshes; Victoria Park, London, 27.8
16. N11- New Southgate; Friern Barnet; Bounds Green; Arnos Grove (part), London, 27.7
17. N16- Stoke Newington; Stamford Hill (part); Shacklewell; Dalston (part); Newington
Green (part), London, 27.7
18.LS16 – Adel, Bramhope; Cookridge; Eccup; Far Headingley; Holt Park; Ireland Wood; Lawnswood; Moor Grange; Tinshill; Weetwood; West Park, Leeds, 27.6
19. B24 – Erdington; Tyburn, Birmingham, 27.6
20.HP10 – High Wycombe; Flackwell Heath; Handy Cross; Hedsor; Loudwater; Penn; Tylers Green; Wooburn; Wooburn Green; Wooburn Moor, Buckinghamshire, 27.3