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A leafy town near Birmingham has topped the country’s burglary postcode hotspot list. Henley-in-Arden, in Warwickshire, has been revealed as the UK’s worst place for burglaries. The town, situated near Birmingham, has been identified by researchers.

A new study has ranked the worst places for crime by analysing home insurance quotes. More than 2.5million home insurance quotes over the last two years have identified the areas worst-hit by lowlife thieves. Henley-in-Arden, in Warwickshire, boasts a rate of 50.46 claims per 1,000 insurance quotes in the last two years.

South Solihull is also in the top ten, with Ingatestone and Ilford, both Essex, in the top three alongside Henley-in-Arden.

The data has been compiled by MoneySuperMarket, which found that, on average, those who have been subject to a burglary over the past five years pay an average of 16.8% more for their contents insurance policy.

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Emma Garland, data scientist at the firm, 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. “Anyone that has ever been burgled will tell you that the cost goes beyond the value of the items stolen, from the psychological impact of your home being violated to the difficulty of replacing things with sentimental value. “That’s why it’s surprising to see that almost half of people haven’t put any additional protection in place for their home, despite one in five believing they live in a burglary hotspot.”

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Ms Garland added: “For thieves, it’s all about risk versus reward – if the reward looks likely to exceed the risk, they are going to target that home.

Homeowners must do as much as possible to tip the balance in their favour and make things harder for burglars. “People who have been targeted by thieves previously pay an average of 16.8 per cent more for contents insurance, so it pays to ensure your home is as protected as possible. “If you take precautions – such as fitting new door and window locks, installing bar windows where necessary and using security cameras – you can reduce both your contents insurance and your anxiety about getting burgled.

“Looking for the best deal possible at every renewal will also help keep premiums low.”

10 postcode areas with the highest burglary rates

Contents theft rate (per 1000) B95 – Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire 50.46 CM4 – Ingatestone, Essex 49.76

IG5 – Ilford, Essex 47.56 EH4 – North-west Edinburgh, 46.43 LS8 – Harehills and Roundhay, Leeds 46.30

B94 – South Solihull, West Midlands 45.80 GU23 – Woking, Surrey, 45.30 SK8 – Cheadle, Greater Manchester, 45.29

EH13 – Portobello and Joppa, Edinburgh 43.99

10 postcode areas with the lowest burglary rates

Contents theft rate (per 1000) CA28 – Whitehaven, Cumbria 0.76 TR11 – Falmouth, Cornwall 0.92

CA13 – Cockermouth, Cumbria 1.08 SY23 – Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales 1.08 CA1 – Botcherby and Garlands, Carlisle 1.10

PL19 – Tavistock, Devon 1.23 DD10 – Montrose, Angus, Scotland 1.24 NR10 – Hevingham, Horsford, Cawston, Badersfield and surrounding areas in Norfolk 1.29

KY4 – Cowdenbeath, west Fife, Scotland 1.32

KY5 – Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland 1.35


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