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Stoke Newington most burgled postcode in UK

by: Vicky Hartley
  • 03/02/2012
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London and Leeds have the highest number of insurance claims for home theft in the UK, with more thefts from homes or gardens in Stoke Newington than anywhere else in the UK.

London and Leeds top the list with more places in the top 20 than anywhere else, according to MoneySupermarket.com research.

The analysis of 3m home insurance quotes over 12 months put Stoke Newington, N16, in North East London in pole position, closely followed by Apperley Bridge in Bradford and West Bromwich in third place.

Close behind Leeds and London is Bradford with three postcode districts in the top 20.

moneysupermarket.com spokesperson, Julie Fisher, said: “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.”

She added properties classified as being in a ‘high-risk’ area – whether that be for crime, or something like flooding or subsidence – could see the price of cover affected.

“Most insurers have a blanket approach when it comes to assessing postcode districts for home insurance premiums, but this really needs to change. If houses are evaluated on a case by case basis it would mean homeowners received quotes at the best possible prices based on their individual circumstances.”

The top 20 hot spots for home insurance claims for theft

1 N16 Stoke Newington London 33.6*
2 BD10 Apperley Bridge Bradford 31.7
3 B71 West Bromwich West Midlands 31.7
4 N22 Wood Green London 30.3
5 LS13 Bramley, Rodley, Swinnow Leeds 30.0
6 LS15 Austhorpe, Barwick-in-Elmet, Colton, Cross Gates, Halton, Halton Moor, Scholes, Whitkirk Leeds 28.9
7 BD18 Saltaire, Shipley, Windhill, Wrose Bradford 28.6
8 LS7 Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Little London, Meanwood, Potternewton, Sheepscar Leeds 27.4
9 DN2 Intake, Wheatley, Wheatley Hills Doncaster 27.3
10 SW16 Streatham London 27.2
11 LS8 Fearnville, Gipton, Gledhow, Harehills, Moortown, Oakwood, Roundhay Leeds 27.1
12 UB7 West Drayton, Harmondsworth, Sipson, Yiewsley, Longford Greater London 26.4
13 IG8 Woodford Green London 26.2
14 EN5 Barnet Hertfordshire 26.1
15 B75 Sutton Trinity, Falcon Lodge, Rectory Birmingham 25.9
16 DN35 Cleethorpes North East Lincolnshire 25.9
17 S13 Handsworth, Richmond, Woodhouse Sheffield 25.8
18 BD2 Eccleshill, Fagley, Wrose Bradford 25.6
19 LS12 Armley, Farnley, New Farnley, Wortley Leeds 25.2
20 NW7 Mill Hill London 25.0

* Postcode District Town County / City Number of theft claims per 1000 enquiries

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