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Do you live in a burglary hotspot?

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Being burgled is horrid. Even if the financial losses are minimised by a home insurance claim, some things have more sentimental value and it's never nice to know someone has been inside your home going through your things.

That’s why it’s better to avoid being burgled at all by taking simple, practical steps to boost your home security, such as fitting an alarm.

We've compared close to 3m home insurance quotes run on our site and ordered postcodes by their likelihood of being burgled. Where does yours rank?

Burglary Hotspots

Do you live in a burglary hotspot? Enter your postcode to see how your address compares to the rest of the UK.

Burglary can cause upset and anguish. Even if the financial losses are minimised by a home insurance claim, it's better to avoid being burgled at all by taking simple, practical steps boost levels of home security and consider fitting an alarm.

We've compared more than 2m home insurance quotes run on our site and ordered postcodes by their likelihood of being burgled. Where does yours rank?

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UK Rank Postal Area Code Postal Area Rate per '000
UK Rank Postal Area Code Postal Area Rate per '000
1E9Homerton, Hackney Wick, South Hackney64.48
2EC1VFinsbury, Moorfields Eye Hospital57.85
3SE21Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich56.47
4B5Digbeth, Highgate, Lee Bank53.16
5N21Winchmore Hill, Bush Hill, Grange Park50.89
6B95Chigwell49.82
7SK4Stockport, Four Heatons48.06
8RM4Havering-atte-Bower, Abridge, Stapleford Abbotts48.54
9TW9North Sheen, Kew47.48
10SE24Herne Hill, Tulse Hill46.51
11B48Alvechurch45.73
12E5Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton, Leyton45.56
13B94Olton, Solihull45.45
14TW10Ham, Petersham44.50
15B13Moseley, Billesley42.74
16S17Dore, Totley, Bradway42.40
17LS20Guiseley42.34
18TW12Hampton42.28
19SW13Barnes, Castelnau42.21
20B93Olton, Solihull41.77

The good news for homeowners is that our latest figures suggest that the number of burglaries carried out fell between 2020 and 2021.

Of the 2.8m home insurance customers surveyed, just 37,500 – or 1.3% - made a burglary claim between the beginning of 2020 and the end of 2021.

Year or year, the number of burglary claims per 1,000 quotes also dropped to 11.20, down from 14.98 in 2020 and 16.03 in 2019.

However, some of these falls may be due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced many people to stay at home more than usual in both 2020 and 2021.

So, it’s still sensible to stay alert to the risk of theft from your home, especially if you live in one of the burglary hotspots – the 20 postcodes where residents are most likely to make a burglary claim – revealed in our latest research.

2021 burglary hotspots

As in previous years, cities had the highest claims overall with the most hotspots located in Greater London and Greater Birmingham.

Stratford in the East London postcode of E9 claimed the dubious honour of coming first, with 64.84 claims recorded for every 1,000 quotes, up from 59.44 in 2020.

At the other end of the scale, Bideford in the Exeter postcode of EX39 had the lowest number of burglary claims per 1,000 quotes – 0.59 – for the second year running.

Postcodes with the most burglary claims

Rank

Postcode district

Post town

Contents theft rate (per 1,000)*

1

E9

Stratford

64.84

2

EC1V

Finsbury East

57.85

3

SE21

Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, Tulse Hill, Sydenham Hill

56.47

4

B5

Digbeth, Highgate, Lee Bank

53.16

5

N21

Winchmore Hill, Bush Hill, Grange Park

50.89

6

B95

Stratford upon Avon, Henley in Arden

49.82

7

SK4

Stockport, Four Heatons

49.06

8

RM4

Romford (Havering-atte-Bower, Abridge, Stapleford Abbotts, Noak Hill, Navestock, Stapleford Tawney, Stapleford Aerodrome, Passingford Bridge)

48.54

9

TW9

Richmond, Kew, North Sheen (north)

47.48

10

SE24

Lambeth, Southwark

46.51

11

B48

Alvechurch, Cobley Hill, Weatheroak Hill, Arrowfield Top, Rowney Green

47.73

12

E5

Upper Clapton and Lower Clapton

45.56

13

B94

Earlswood, Hockley Heath, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth in Arden

45.45

14

TW10

Richmond (Ham, Petersham, Richmond Hill, North Sheen (south), Richmond Park

44.50

15

B13

Moseley, Moor Green, Springfield, Wake Green, Cannon Hill, Billesley, Billesley Common

42.74

16

S17

Dore, Totley, Bradway, Totley Brook, Totley Rise

42.40

17

LS20

Guiseley, West Carlton, Hawksworth, Tranmere Park, Greenbottom, Kelcliffe

42.34

18

TW12

Hampton, Hampton Hill, Fulwell (west)

42.28

19

SW13

Richmond upon Thames

42.21

20

B93

Knowle, Bentley Heath, Dorridge, Copt Heath

41.77

As in previous years, cities had the highest claims overall with the most hotspots located in Greater London and Greater Birmingham.

Stratford in the East London postcode of E9 claimed the dubious honour of coming first, with 64.84 claims recorded for every 1,000 quotes, up from 59.44 in 2020.

At the other end of the scale, Bideford in the Exeter postcode of EX39 had the lowest number of burglary claims per 1,000 quotes – 0.59 – for the second year running.

Postcodes with the fewest burglary claims

Rank

Postcode district

Post town

Contents theft rate (per 1,000)*

1

EX39

Bideford

0.59

2

BT23

Newtownards

0.71

3

EX31

Barnstaple

0.77

4

TQ13

Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Chudleigh, Chagford, Moretonhampstead

0.80

5

CA1

Carlisle (east)

0.89

6

SY23

Llanrhystud

0.91

7

CH65

Ellesmere Port

0.97

8

BT53

Ballymoney

1.04

9

IV30

Belgin

1.08

10

SA62

Haverfordwest

1.10

11

CA2

Carlisle

1.13

12

TQ7

Kingsbridge, Thurlestone, Aveton Gifford, Malborough, South Milton, Chillington

1.13

13

TA21

Wellington, Chelston, Holcombe Rogus, Greenham, Nynehead, Rockwell Green

1.14

14

PE31

Wellington, Chelston, Holcombe Rogus, Greenham, Nynehead, Rockwell Green

1.18

15

KY16

St Andrews

1.26

16

GU46

Yateley, Sandhurst, Blackwater

1.26

17

DL6

Brompton, Osmotherley, Swainby, Ingleby Arncliffe, Potto

1.27

18

IP25

Feltwell, Northwold, Mundford, Foulden, Methwold

1.28

19

DH8

Consett, Durham, Stanley

1.28

20

SR3

Sunderland

1.29

Preventative measures

Whether you live in a crime-prone area or not, it’s always a good idea to protect your home as much as possible.

Simple steps you can take to help deter thieves include:

  • Investing in decent locks for your windows and doors

  • Marking your possessions with a UV security pen so anything stolen can be identified

  • Planting prickly bushes, but keeping them low enough for neighbours to spot anyone trying to break in

  • Installing cameras and automatic sensor lights or even a fully monitored smart system

  • Getting an alarm installed by a supplier accredited by either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) – a NACOSS Gold supplier – or the Security Systems an Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB)

  • Keeping valuables away from windows and storing keys out of sight

What to do if you’re burgled

Here’s a quick checklist of what to do if your home is burgled:

  • Report it to the police as soon as you can

  • Avoid touching anything to increase the chances of police finding fingerprints etc.

  • Once you have a crime reference number, call the claims number on your home insurance policy documents to make a home insurance claim

  • Take photos showing the items stolen or damaged in each room before starting to clear up