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New data reveals Central Birmingham as the UK hotspot for burglary claims

MoneySuperMarket’s interactive burglary claims tool has uncovered the central Birmingham postcode of B5 as Britain’s top burglary claims hotspot. Based on an analysis of 3.1 million home insurance claims over the past two years, the research also found the top five postcodes with the highest average claims, with Birmingham and Greater London postcodes at the forefront:

  1. B20 (Birchfield, Handsworth Wood, Perry Barr) - £8,000

  2. IG7 (Chigwell) - £6,000

  3. WD25 (Garston, Aldenham, Leavesden, Letchmore Heath) - £5,000

  4. TW13 (Feltham, Hanworth) - £4,750

  5. TW14 (Hatton) - £4,600

Emma Garland, data scientist at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “Our research shows that burglary claims are continuing to rise, adding up to £50 to your premium. This could be down to burglars targeting more affluent areas, in order to steal desirable and expensive items. People in these areas are often more likely to have home insurance - simply because they can afford it – so we could see more claims as a result.

“It could also be because we’re seeing an increasing amount of people owning high value portable tech such as wireless headphones, fitness trackers, tablets and smartphones. These are all easy to steal, potentially contributing to the rise in the number of claims.

“Whatever the reason, it’s increasingly important to protect your home against theft. One option could be to look at the type of locks you currently have in your home, to help bolster the security of your doors and windows. Further measures such as burglar alarms, security lights and timers on your indoor lights that give the illusion of occupancy are all deterrents to burglars.

“Regardless of where you live, it’s always worth ensuring that you’ve got the right level of contents insurance cover for your needs. Shopping around could save you up to up to 41.70% (equivalent to £90.17) on your existing deal.”

Did your postcode make it to the top 20?

Highest Amount of Burglary Claims

Rank

Postal District

Postcode location

Rate (per 1000) *

1

B5

Digbeth, Highgate, Lee Bank

57.14

2

B94

Olton, Solihull

52.63

3

IG5

Clayhall

51.64

4

N21

Winchmore Hill, Bush Hill, Grange Park

50.13

5

M21

Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Firswood

49.22

6

BS7

Bishopston, Horfield, Filton

49.13

7

SK4

Stockport, Four Heatons

49.12

8

B96

Redditch

49.06

9

WR12

Broadway

47.97

10

IG9

Buckhurst Hill

47.83

11

SK8

Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Gatley, Heald Green

47.62

12

IG4

Redbridge

47.12

13

B15

Edgbaston, Lee Bank

47.08

14

E18

Woodford, South Woodford

47.04

15

M20

Didsbury, Withington

47.02

16

RM14

Upminster, Cranham, North Ockendon, Bulphan

46.80

17

GU23

Send, Ripley, Ockham, Wisley

46.80

18

NW11

Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb

46.79

19

SE21

Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, Tulse Hill, Sydenham Hill

46.12

20

IG7

Chigwell

45.89

 

Source: 5th March 2020

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