- Good Move reveals searches for burglary prevention services increase throughout December
- Devon, Cornwall, Dyfed-Powys and Norfolk have the lowest theft and burglary rates in the UK overall
- West Yorkshire, London, South Yorkshire, Cleveland and Humberside are the least safe areas in the UK for theft and burglary
- Tips on protecting your home this festive period
With Christmas fast approaching, Google search data reveals that burglary related searches peaked throughout November and December 2019.
Burglary and overall crime rates are a huge contributing factor to where we choose to live, and new research, conducted by regulated property buyers, Good Move has also revealed the areas in the UK with the highest, and lowest theft and burglary rates in the UK.
Google search data reveals that searches in the UK for ‘burglar alarms’ jumped by 144% and queries for ‘keep home safe’ increased by 120% from early November to mid-December 2019.
What’s more, searches for ‘burglaries near me’ attracted the highest amount of searches from the 24th-30th November, and again after Christmas, while people were looking for ‘safety alarms’ more on the 17th-23rd November and 8th-14th December than any other time in 2019.
Spikes in searches for ‘burglary prevention’ also peaked between the 8th and 21st December.
With so many Brits searching for ways to keep their home safe over the festive period, Good Move looked at theft and burglary rates1 from across the UK to determine the safest and least safe places to live for this crime.
Having collated the data, the areas with the highest theft offences (rate per 1,000 people), are:
- London (51)
- Cleveland (41)
- West Yorkshire (39)
- South Yorkshire (38)
- Humberside (35)
At the other end of the scale, the areas with the lowest theft offences, (rate per 1,000 people), are:
- Dyfed-Powys (15)
- Devon and Cornwall (15)
- Cumbria (18)
- Norfolk (19)
- North Yorkshire (20)
And looking at burglary rates, the areas with the highest burglary offences (rate per 1,000 people), are:
- South Yorkshire (10)
- West Yorkshire (9)
- Cleveland (9)
- London (9)
- Humberside (9)
While the areas with the lowest burglary offences, (rate per 1,000 people), are:
- Devon and Cornwall (3)
- Dyfed-Powys (3)
- Norfolk (4)
- Wiltshire (4)
- Staffordshire (4)
Interestingly, London, Cleveland, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humberside were the five regions that both marked the highest for the amount of theft and burglaries in the UK, making them the least safe areas in the UK.
Similarly, Dyfed-Powys, Devon and Cornwall and Norfolk are the safest areas in the UK based on theft and burglary rates. Wiltshire and Staffordshire have the lowest burglary offences and Cumbria and North Yorkshire have the lowest theft rates in the UK.
If you’re worried about theft or burglaries this festive period, Managing Director for Safe, Anthony Neary: suggests:
- Be vigilant
Being vigilant and not letting your guard down across winter is key. It’s easy to become relaxed when working from home as people assume that their property is naturally protected because they are in it. Be sure to look out for any suspicious activity whether it is day or night. If you feel action needs to be taken, don’t hesitate to report it to the police.
- Home security systems
Invest in home security systems for peace of mind. Our recent survey that revealed 68% of people in Britain don’t even have a standard burglar alarm fitted. Adding an alarm, CCTV or security lighting could be the difference between being burgled and not.
- Join or start up neighbour watch groups in your area.
Whether it’s a Facebook group, email thread or weekly meet up, keep people informed with any suspicious activity and share any CCTV footage to keep the area alert. It’s important to pull together and make the properties on your street difficult for burglars to break in to.
Commenting on the findings, Nima continues: “When looking to move home, there are many important factors to consider, and crime rates are one of the most important things to think about when you’re moving your family to a new area. It’s upsetting to see how much searches for ways to prevent burglaries soared throughout November and December 2019, and it shouldn’t be the case.
“Hopefully our research will help those looking to move to a new area to see the different theft and burglary rates across the UK, and for anyone living in the least ‘safe’ areas to find ways to prepare and protect themselves against theft and burglaries this festive season.”
To find out more about the data, alongside other top places to live based on important factors, go to: https://goodmove.co.uk/the-uk-reimagined/