Stoke Newington in north London tops a list of home insurance claim hotspots, while the tiny village of Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire, Wales, is one of 17 areas where home owners are least likely to have made a claim for theft or burglary.
Apperley Bridge in West Yorkshire is the second worst burglary hotspot in Britain while West Bromwich in the West Midlands came third. In these areas, just over three homes in every 100 has been hit by thieves in the last 12 months, according to research by comparison site moneysupermarket.com. Other London areas in the top 20 burglary hotspots are Wood Green, Streatham, Woodford Green and Mill Hill.
Moreover, Yorkshire features prominently, with areas of Leeds and Bradford particularly vulnerable. The table of 20 districts is based on research into insurance claims.
“Being in a higher risk area doesn’t necessarily mean where you live is bad or rife with crime – many thieves will target more affluent areas purely for the rewards on offer,” said Julie Fisher, head of home insurance at Moneysupermarket.
‘Homeowners need to be extra vigilant when it comes to security – installing timers on your lights and ensuring items of value are kept away from your windows are easy steps to take to reduce risk,’ she added.
The price you pay for a home safe should be a minor consideration because it could make the difference of saving or losing your most valued possessions. You will be able to rest assured that your possessions will last in high quality home safes.
Moreover, keyless locks let you forget about keys. But if you still use keys, remove all spare keys that are hidden under doormats, in flowerpots, or anywhere outside the house and use key safes.