Burglary hotspots revealedHome insurance is a must in burglary danger zones

14 August 2009

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The top 20 areas most likely to be attacked by burglars has been revealed in a study by price comparison site Moneysupermarket.com. 

People living in Arnold (Notts), Leicester, West Bridgford, and Ellesmere Port (Cheshire) top the bad news table, with numerous addresses in London and Nottingham also featuring prominently. 

The price comparison site found that 0.42% of people living in Arnold who requested home insurance quotes via the aggregator site had been burgled in the previous five years. More than 0.24% of properties in the top 20 postcodes to appear on the poll had also been targeted by crooks over the same period.

A risk for all

Julie Owens, Moneysupermarket.com's head of home insurance, was keen to stress that the comparison site's findings did not mean that people living in areas not identified on the burglary hit list were safe. She said: 'No matter where you live, there is always a risk of theft or burglary.'

Which? home insurance expert Dan Moore added: 'Our research has shown that the number of burglaries is rising, doubtless fuelled by the recession. So it's more important than ever to make sure you have adequate home insurance.'

More information on buildings and contents insurance can be found in our Which? money reviews. Consumers who have difficulties in finding appropriate home insurance could consider using a broker approved by the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba).

You can also check out our guide to the best burglar alarm brands, based on a survey of burglar alarm owners.

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