Top 10 Burglary Hotspots of 2012
2 CommentsThursday, 3 January 2013 | Toni
According to research carried out by the comparison website moneysupermarket.com, Stoke Newington in London tops the list as the UKs Burglary Capital of 2012. It was revealed today that 33.6 out of every 1000 homes in the district has been burgled in the last 12 months.
Stoke Newington is closely followed by Apperley Bridge, Bradford which claims second place on the list at 31.7 out of every 1000 homes being burgled. Being fairly affluent areas, it's possible that the top 2 on the list are targeted purely because the rewards for burglars are that much higher but this doesn't mean that living in an affluent area makes you a target as we can see from no. 3 on the list.
3rd Place is claimed by West Bromwich which, despite it's new arts community centre, cannot really make any claims towards affluence. Which, to my mind, means that an opportunistic crime like burglary can take place anywhere and in any area.
Having said that, Leeds, London and Bradford are definitely the worst hit.
The top 10 Burglary Hotspot list is as follows:
- Stoke Newington, London - N16
- Apperley Bridge, Bradford - BD10
- West Bromwich, West Midlands - B71
- Wood Green, London - N22
- Leeds - LS13
- Leeds - LS15
- Shipley, Bradford - BD18
- Leeds - LS7
- Doncaster - DN2
- Streatham, London - SW16
Despite all this talk of hotspots, there are some areas of the UK that recorded absolutely no incidents of burglary in the last 12 months. They include Elgin in Scotland, Bodelwyddan in Wales, Peterlee in County Durham and Helson in Cornwall.
Other areas regarded as safe zones included Barrow-in-Furness, Melton Mowbray, North Hereford, Eastbourne, Dalkeith, St Leonards on Sea, Newton-le-Willows and Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Since it's not practical to up sticks and move when your area becomes a burglary hotspot your only alternative is to take responsibility for your home and do not allow yourself to become a victim.