How burglary rates vary by postcode in Cambridgeshire
A Cambridge area has been ranked as one of the highest burglary hotspots in the UK.
The annual survey by MoneySuperMarket, using its burglary claims tool, shows that the city’s CB5 area, which includes Fen Ditton, is one of the highest places in the country for burglaries.
It is ranked worse than some areas of Manchester and Bristol for the risk of having homes broken into by thieves.
However, the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite insists the force remains committed to tackling burglaries across the county, not just in one specific area, and their hard work is paying off with many offenders now behind bars.
He said: “CB5 represents a large section of the city of Cambridge and the constabulary remains committed to tackling burglary. We have seen some great work over the past few months across the county such as Operation Hawksbury which targeted an organised crime group and saw the sentencing of nine of the gang members.
“These individuals committed more than 200 burglaries in an 11-month crime spree. Additionally, the constabulary has instigated a series of monthly days of action which continue to focus on crime prevention, outstanding suspects and burglary.”
The UK’s leading price comparison website analysed more than 2.5million home insurance quotes from the last two years (January 2017 to December 2018 inclusive) to identify the UK’s burglary hotspots, based on the highest and lowest rate of claims for home contents theft within a five-year period.
The data revealed a 16 per cent national increase in rates of theft, with an average of 15.57 claims per 1,000 quotes in 2018, up from 13.42 in 2017.
Although consumer research reveals that one in five Britons (20 per cent) believe that they live in an area where properties are burgled more than the national average, and almost half (44 per cent) have not taken any precautionary measures to protect their home, including installing burglar alarms, window locks or security cameras.
Henley-in-Arden (B95), situated on the outskirts of Birmingham, is officially the UK’s top burglary claims hotspot.
Emma Garland, data scientist at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Over the past 12 months, burglars have mostly been targeting suburbs and urban areas, with the safest areas dominated by smaller towns and villages.”
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