Following massive cuts to Britain’s police forces, emergency response times are getting longer and crime rates are going up. Particularly worrying is the revelation that only one in 10 burglaries are currently being solved.
Just five percent of the 2.1 million burglaries that have taken place in the last six years have resulted in a suspect being charged. And, of the £2 billion in goods and valuables stolen in commercial and domestic raids, only £137 million-worth – that’s just seven percent – has been recovered.
So where are you most likely to be burgled?
Moneysupermarket.com have complied an interactive catalogue giving each UK postcode’s burglary rate per 1000 home insurance quotes. To find out your postcode’s rate, visit the page and type in your postcode.
In England, the postcodes with the highest burglary rates are:
IG4 – Redbridge (London)
N20 – Whetstone, Totteridge, Oakleigh Park (London)
RM6 – Chadwell Heath, Little Heath (London)
LS5 – Hawksworth, Kirkstall (Leeds)
IG5 – Clayhall (London)
The areas of Scotland with the highest burglary rates are:
EH14 – Balerno, Currie, Edinburgh, Juniper Green (Edinburgh)
EH4 – Edinburgh older central area, Dean Village and Comely Bank, A90 corridor to Barnton and Cramond (Edinburgh)
G13 – Anniesland, Knightswood, Yoker (Glasgow)
G77 – Newton Mearns (Glasgow)
EH12 – Edinburgh A8 corridor from Haymarket through Murrayfield and Corstorphine to the Gyle (Edinburgh)
Wales’ most burgled postcodes are:
CF14 – Whitchurch, Thornhill, Rhiwbina, Pantmawr, Gabalfa (Cardiff)
CF5 – Ely, Caerau, St Fagans, Culvercross, Canton, Fairwater (Cardiff)
CF3 – Rumney, Trowbridge, Llanrumney, St Mellons, Castleton (Cardiff)
CF 23 – Llanishen, Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Penylan, Pontprennau (Cardiff)
NP44 – Cwnbran (Newport)
Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with even simple security measures. With just a few simple steps, you can significantly reduce your chances of being burgled.
• Every time you leave the house lock your doors and windows – even if you’re only going to the garden
• Hide all keys out of sight and far away from the letterbox (burglars can use devices to pull keys through)
• Install a visible burglar alarm
• Ask a trustworthy neighbour to keep an eye on your property, and do the same for them
• When you go away, use a timer to turn radios or lights on at certain times to make your home appear occupied
• Keep the fences around your garden in good condition
• Lock bikes to immovable objects inside a locked shed or garage
• Store ladders away securely – burglars can use ladders left outside to break in
• Lock side gates to prevent access to the rear of the property
• Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property – for example, trim high hedges
• Mark valuable property with your postcode and house number and register it for free with Immobilise
• Consider joining or establishing a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
• Move any valuables out of view on lower floors
• Store high value items, such as cash, jewellery and passports, in a secure safe or bank vault
• Consider replacing glass panels in doors with stronger laminated glass
• Fit locks to downstairs windows or any upstairs windows that are easy to reach
• Don’t open the door to strangers. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they claim they are from. Use the telephone number listed in your local directory – not a number provided by the caller. (The “Waterboard” no longer exists, and is a term only used by bogus callers)
• Cancel newspaper and milk deliveries when you go on holiday – nothing lets a burglar know you’re away like a pile of unopened newspapers
• Avoid discussing holiday plans on social networks, since burglars may use this information to target you
• Use the Royal Mail’s “keepsafe” service when you’re away – they will store mail for up to two months
Whether you live in Scotland, England or Wales, reducing the likelihood of burglary is relatively easy. Act today and avoid falling victim to a burglar in the future.
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