Burglary hotspots of England and Wales

In January the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released new data on Burglary levels in England and Wales. We mapped the data against local authority populations to give you a city-level view of burglary numbers.

Overall, there were 427,435 burglaries in England and Wales in the 12-months up to September 2018. This is an average of 7 burglaries per 1,000 citizens. Breaking this down into local authorities we can see that some areas have higher burglary rates that others.

Here are the top 14 burglary hotspots:

Local AuthorityBurglaries per 1000 HomesTotal Burglaries
Manchester116022
Middlesbrough111507
Bradford115638
Leeds107677
Luton102076
Burnley9818
Solihull91934
Kensington and Chelsea91407
Hyndburn9709
Redbridge92574
Haringey92388
Blackpool91199
Stockport92489
Preston91213

Key facts

‘Knowledge is power’ applies as much to protecting your home as anything else. To help you understand the circumstances around burglaries we looked at a second report by the ONS, which looked at long-term trends in burglary in England and Wales.

How do burglars break in?

In instances where the burglar has gained entry to the house, they’ve done so through the door 70% of the time and 30% through the windows. This shows how it important it is to make sure you use strong locks and install door / window sensors.

When do burglars break in?

Around 70% of domestic burglaries happen on a weekday i.e. Monday – Friday and around 30% at the weekend. If you’re out at work all week, be mindful of what home security provisions you’ve put in place.

Burglars prefer to work under the cover of darkness as 60% of domestic burglaries occur between 6pm and 6am, while 40% take place between 6am and 6pm. Triggered security lights and alarms systems such as our smart home alarm can help scare off late-night intruders.

Surprisingly, in over half of domestic burglaries where the offender gained entry, someone was at home as the time.

Who is the burglar?

It is almost equally likely that the burglar is known by the victim or is a stranger.

What do they steal?

On average, £2,543 worth of goods is stolen during a burglary.

Purses, wallets and money are the items most frequently stolen in domestic burglaries. Jewellery, watches, computer equipment and other electronic goods such as cameras are also top targets.

To make sure the burglars leave empty handed, we’d recommend keeping  cash, jewellery and cameras in a safe or secret place. If you haven’t already, embrace cashless payments so habitually you don’t have money lying around. To secure electronic devices you should always download the “Find my ….” Apps that allow you to track and lock your devices, rendering them worthless to thieves.

Remember to secure your data 

In modern times, external hard-disc drives are increasingly being stolen. Thieves will  either sell the drive or give it to an accomplice who claims any reward you offer for its safe return. Holding irreplaceable personal files, from photos and videos to work documents, these hard-disc drives are worth far more to you than their monetary value. Make sure you have back-ups and they’re held in a secure place. You could even back up onto the cloud.

Whether your postcode has a high-rate of burglary or not, taking a proactive approach to stopping thieves is wise. Installing a smart intruder alarm such as ours is just one effective way to protect your home. Why not check out how else you can make you home burglar-proof here.