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London Postcodes Dominate List of Home Burglaries

BY Boon Koh
Published 11 August 2010

It seems that London is the burglary hotspot in the UK, with half of the top 20 postcodes in the country with the highest burglary rates. Moneysupermarket.com have done an analysis on over 1.1 million home insurance enquiries, analysing how many of the enquiries indicated a claim for theft from the home.

However, the news is not all bad, as the top burgled postcode is Manchester, so at least we don’t feature in the top spot! But should we be worried about the high number of London postcodes in the top 20 list? Anecdotal evidence from major capital cities in the world seem to indicate that crime in any capital is typically higher than in other areas of the country, with New York being a prime example, and Paris as well experiencing more crime per 1,000 population than other areas of France.

Top of the most burgled postcode area in London is Blackheath (SE3), but Hammersmith (W6), and Finsbury Park (N4) follow close behind in spots 3 and 4 of the list. Surprisingly, none of the zone 1 postcodes feature on the list. You would suppose that any burglar with a bit of common sense would figure out that zone 1 residents are usually the richest, and therefore robbing their houses would yield the most booty for the same amount of effort! But perhaps zone 1 residents are wise to the threat and have the financial resources to kit themselves out with state of the art alarm systems, and in some cases, personal guards.

As a friend used to tell me though, there’s sometimes no point in trying to choose a burglar or mugger free area, as criminals are mobile and are of course most likely to target more well to do areas. Of course, living in a good area means you get less anti-social behaviour and random yobs roaming the streets, but preventing yourself being made a victim of a burglary or mugging takes more than just choosing the right postcode!

The Metropolitan Police have an excellent website on how to keep your home safe, covering most of the likely scenarios that make it easy for thieves to break in.

The full 20 list is as follows:

Postcode Town County/City Percentage
M21 Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester 8.65%
SE3 Blackheath London 8.17%
W6 Hammersmith London 8.06%
N4 Finsbury Park London 7.94%
LS8 Roundhay Leeds 7.88%
NG6 Bestwood Village, Bulwell, Old Basford Nottinghamshire 7.82%
M22 Wythenshawe, Northenden Manchester 7.82%
W4 Chiswick, Gunnersbury, Turnham Green London 7.74%
LS15 Austhorpe Leeds 7.71%
SW11 Battersea London 7.66%
N19 Upper Holloway, Archway London 7.62%
SL9 Gerrards Cross, Horn Hill South Bucks 7.59%
SE1 Southwark London 7.55%
BS7 Bishopston Bristol 7.53%
BR3 Beckenham Greater London 7.49%
BD10 Apperley Bridge Bradford 7.46%
SE23 Forest Hill, Honour Oak London 7.43%
N13 Enfield London 7.42%
SW2 Brixton London 7.27%
BS6 Redland, Montpelier Bristol 7.27%

  • Dan_rodson

    How is N13 Enfield?! N13 is Palmers Green, EN1 is Enfield!! Idiots!!