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While burglary hotspot SE21 is in South London, the next three postal districts where burglars are most likely to strike are all in East London: Clayhall (IG5), Redbridge (IG4) and Gants Hill (IG2).
Affluent North Kensington (W10) also appears in the top 20, as do North London suburbs Whetstone (N20), Cockfosters (EN4) and New Southgate (N11).
Outside London, West Bromwich (B70) is theft central, with a rate of 45.5 burglary claims per 1,000 quotes, and is closely followed on the leaderboard by Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester (M21), and Hawksworth and Kirkstall in Leeds (LS5).
Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Our findings suggest thieves favour busy urban areas where strangers are unlikely to be spotted and it’s easy to make a quick getaway.
“Leafy suburbs are also heavily targeted, with burglars following the money to affluent areas.”
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There are plenty of places in the UK where burglaries are a rare event.
In fact, MoneySuperMarket researchers found that there are 83 postcodes where there have been no burglary claims made whatsoever in the last five years.
Postal districts with no recorded claims for theft from the home over the last five years include AB30 in Aberdeenshire, Holsworthy in West Devon (EX22), Kirkcaldy in Scotland (KY10) and Freshwater on the Isle of Wight (PO40).
Other areas that benefit from very low burglary rates include Harbury, near Leamington Spa (CV33), where there are just 0.7 claims per 1000 quotes, and Wiltshire’s Amesbury and Durrington (SP4) with a rate of 1.2 claims per 1,000 quotes
Wherever you live in the country, it pays to make your home as secure as possible.
Burglaries often come in sprees. So even if you live in a postal district where there are hardly any break-ins, there is no guarantee that will not change over time.
Great ways to reduce the chances of your home being burgled include:
– Keeping doors and windows locked when your home is unoccupied, and when you’re asleep at night.
– Installing timers on your lights so they come on at night when you’re not home.
– Installing and using a suitable alarm system.
– Ensuring items of value are kept away from easy view through windows.
– Cancelling deliveries such as milk and newspapers when you go on holiday.
– Keeping house or car keys out of reach from the letterbox.
– Putting in an outside security light.
– Joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
In case you are targeted, it’s also vital to ensure that your home contents insurance is up to date and provides sufficient cover for all your belongings.
Kevin Pratt added: “The best way to avoid the emotional turmoil and financial distress associated with a burglary is to be vigilant, secure your home and put in place the safety net of appropriate contents insurance.
“The average cost of combined buildings and contents cover is just £110 a year – as long as you shop around for a competitive quote.”