Households in parts of Ilford, east London, suffer the worst rates of burglary in the UK, according to insurance forms, although the number of break-ins continues to fall nationally.
Analysis of 1.8m home insurance quotes by Moneysupermarket.com over the past five years names the IG4 postcode, covering an area between Redbridge and Gants Hill in east London, as worst for burglary across the UK.
London took 16 out of the top 20 worst postcode districts for burglary, although parts of Cambridge and Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester were also among the crime hotspots.
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Northern Ireland had the lowest burglary rate in the UK, although Moneysupermarket said there were numerous postcode districts, often in rural and remote areas, where burglary has fallen to virtually zero.
The Crime Survey of England and Wales, issued last week, revealed that domestic burglary offences fell by 8% in the year from October 2015 to September 2016, and are down 71% since 1995.
Even in the Redbridge/Gants Hill area, where the analysis found that 55 homes out of every 1,000 said they suffered a burglary in the past five years, the crime rate has fallen slightly from last year. But it topped the table because the postcode district that was worst last year, Dulwich in south London, reported a 29% fall in burglaries.
Neighbouring areas to Redbridge, including Barkingside, Goodmayes and Hainault also featured among the worst parts of Britain for break-ins.
Redbridge residents blamed the close proximity to motorways for the area’s high crime statistics, plus a drop in the number of police on local streets.
Redbridge council said the figures did not present a complete picture. “
Moneysupermarket base their information on insurance claim quote figures. These figures do not reflect actual burglaries in the borough or match figures held by the police which means it’s difficult to make accurate comparisons.”