Revealed: Leeds Ranks 3rd for Most Burglaries Per Capita in the UK

Online specialist insurance brokers at InsureMy analysed burglaries per 1,000 people over the past 12 months in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to establish which places are the most and least burgled.

Leeds experienced over 4,500 burglaries over the last year, equivalent to a rate of 8.86 per 1,000 residents. With West Yorkshire as a whole counting a total count slightly over 13,000 in this period, Leeds accounts for over one third of the whole county’s burglaries. 

Leeds City Centre was found to be the most dangerous area for burglaries with 412 occurrences, while the cities safest area was Meanwood, experiencing just 22.

While Leeds’ burglary rate may be cause for concern, it is infact down 39% from the 2018 rate of 14.44 per 1,000 capita. The rate however has again risen since hitting a low in 2021 of 7.3.

The study found that Middlesbrough recorded the most home invasions in this period with a burglary rate of 11.45, the highest in the UK.

London boroughs make up nearly half of the top 10, Westminster coming in second has a burglary rate of 10.85 per 1,000 residents. This give Westminster the dubious honour of the capital’s most burgled spot.

Leeds ranks third in the most burgled places, sporting a burglary rate of 8.86 per 1,000 residents and Birmingham proceeds in fourth with 8.35 per 1,000.

Hull came in fifth with a burglary rate of 8.26 per 1,000 people. 

Scoring a rate of 7.85, Southwark is the second London borough on the list coming in at sixth in the comprehensive standings. 

Sheffield came in at seventh with a rate of 7.78 per 1,000.

London borough of Hackney scored a burglary rate of 7.63 per 1,000 residents coming in at eighth.

Wolverhampton takes the penultimate spot on the list with a 7.31 burglaries per 1,000 capita.

Camden finalises the list with a burglary rate of 7.30. 

With the top ten indicating the UK places most in danger of burglary, InsureMy also established the areas that are the safest. Plymouth, Swindon, and Norwich make up the safest three places in the UK with burglaries in all of these towns coming in at fewer than 3 per 1,000 residents.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson for InsureMy said: “While these findings may be alarming for those residing in the top ten cities, it’s imperative to know the risks we face where we live. People living in these places may feel it necessary to upgrade their home security measures and to ensure their insurance can protect them, their assets, and their belongings.”

This study was conducted by an insurance comparison site providing quotes on a variety of protectable assets.

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