Burglary and security concerns
If you believe all you read in the press, then you’d be forgiven for thinking we live in a lawless society where there are criminals on every street corner ready and willing to break into your homes and businesses and steal everything you own. Obviously the headlines are over-exaggerated: that’s what sells the papers. The truth is somewhat more prosaic. Where you live or trade can affect how likely you are to become the victim of crime. Money Supermarket, one of the UK’s most successful comparison websites, recently carried out a study which found that if you live or trade in certain areas in the UK, you are statistically more likely to be burgled. The statistics are based on insurance claim figures supplied by brokers.
So if your postcode is featured on the following list, what should you do?
Should you move house or re-locate your business to Swansea – the area least likely to be burgled? Well, actually no there’s no need to take such drastic measures. What you can do to reduce the likelihood of being burgled is to re-evaluate your home or business security and invest in recognised and proven security products like alarms, CCTV, security locks, and new secure bi-fold doors and roller shutters.
So which places feature on the black-spot list?
- LS13 Leeds (34.8).
- BD12 Bradford (34.2).
- N12 North Finchley, north London (31.9).
- M30 Manchester (31.6).
- RM3 Romford (30.9).
- SW12 Balham, south London (30.1).
- LS18 Leeds (29.7).
- UB3 Hayes, west London (29.5).
- SE22 East Dulwich, south east London (29.1).
- LS28 Leeds (28.4).
- IG2 Ilford, east London (28.1).
- HU6 Hull (27.8).
- BD10 Bradford (27.7).
- BD17 Bradford (27.3).
- LS25 Leeds (26.9).
- TW12 Hampton, south west London (26.7).
- BD18 Bradford (26.2).
- SW16 Streatham, south London (26.1).
- S12 Leeds(26.1).
- BD6 Bradford (25.3).
Should you be panicking if you live in one of these areas? Well, no, not in the opinion of Money Supermarket. They give the same advice as SRL Ltd, and that’s to invest in secure doors, windows, bi-fold doors and roller shutters. Hannah Jones, from Money Supermarket advises:
“While there are clearly some areas of the country with a higher proportion of insurance claims for burglary than others, this doesn’t actually mean the area is ‘rife’ with crime. Thieves often specifically target areas with wealthy residents or quieter areas where there’s not a lot of passing foot traffic.”