February 8, 2022 | Becki Hooper | Blog

The UK’s Most Burgled Cities and Towns 2022


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The UK's most burgled towns and cities

Burglaries typically increase during the colder, darker months, however a side effect of the current Coronavirus Pandemic has seen a 72% decrease for the first time in 2 years, crime rates are still high in certain cities and towns in the UK.

In this blog we take you through the statistics of the most burgled cities and towns in the UK and what you can do to reduce your risk.


What are the Most Burgled Cities and Towns in the UK?

  1. Sheffield (205 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

2. Liverpool (197 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

3. Southampton (191 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

4. Birmingham (187 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

5. Hull and Oxford (169 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

6. Leeds (164 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

7. Portsmouth (160 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

8. London (159 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

9. Bradford (156 burglaries per 100,000 residents)

According to the Mirror, Sheffield is the most burgled location in the UK, with approximately 205 burglaries between each 100,000 residents. In the first 3 months of 2021, the northern city recorded 286% more burglaries than the city with the lowest proportion of break-ins, York (52 burglaries per 100,000 people).


Burglary Statistics by Area

Based on what area you live in, the odds of experiencing house burglary highly differs. In fact, on average England there are 10.2 burglaries for every 1,000 houses in 2021 which ranks it higher than Wales with 6.4 burglaries in every 1,000 houses in 2021. The following shows 2021 burglary rates of areas in England and Wales.

  • North West (11.5 per 1,000 houses)
  • North East (9.5 per 1,000 houses)
  • East Midlands (8.9 per 1,000 houses)
  • West Midlands (10.7 per 1,000 houses)
  • East (8.0 per 1,000 houses)
  • South East (8.0 per 1,000 houses)
  • South West (5.7 burglaries per 1,000 houses)

The North West is the hardest hit with 11.5 burglaries in every 1,000 houses. This includes the average for areas such as Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside. The South West, on the other hand, stands well compared to other areas, including includes Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire.

For more burglary statistics specific to UK areas and counties, click here!


Interesting UK Burglary Facts

  • Every 108 seconds, a burglary occurs
  • The majority of burglaries take place during the day
  • During a burglary, 58 percent of the time someone is at home
  • Burglaries take less than ten minutes to prepare
  • Young people are burgled more than old people

For more interesting burglary facts, click here!


What Can You Do to Avoid Burglary?

There are lots of things that you can do to help make yourself less of a target to burglars, these can include:


1.  Make it tough to break into your home by making it appear occupied.

There are several ways you can make your home look occupied. Timed lighting, driveway presence, cancelled deliveries, and non-piled up newspapers are all ways to avoid an empty house burglary.


2.  Before you leave home or go to bed, make sure all outside doors and windows are locked.

Again, even though you should be locking your door and window every day, it’s important to always keep in mind that you can easily forget in a moment of hassle. Make sure you always lock your outside doors and windows before night time or leaving the house.


3.  Keep your garage door shut and locked at all times.

Garage security depends mainly on the garage door, and therefore locking it at all times is important. A garage door monitor can serve as a helpful reminder. Simply attach the sensor to the door and place the monitor in a visible location. Look for “garage door monitor” on the internet to find one. It makes no difference what brand of door or opener you have; any monitor will function. Because it could close the door whether you’re home or not, an automated door gives even greater security.


4.  Avoid any daily mail, newspaper, or flyer deliveries to accumulate while you are away.

Post is daily in the UK and burglars will often use it as an indicator of whether a house is occupied. If you plan to leave your property unoccupied for a long period of time, you could  arrange for your mail to be held at the Post Office or for a friend or neighbour to pick it up on a regular basis.


5.  Install a security camera

It is one of the most effective deterrents for burglars since they make it nearly impossible to break in without being seen. Experts believe that if people had CCTV monitoring, up to 67% of household burglaries could be avoided.


6.  Install motion lighting

Outdoor security motion lights are a great crime deterrent as they remove the veil of darkness that burglars and other home intruders prefer to hide in.


7.  Install a burglar alarm

A burglar alarm can rapidly alert the police and others in the area, increasing the chances of the burglar being caught and can even act as a deterrent in the first place!


8.  Additional lock security

There are many ways to add extra security to your door lock. You can consider a deadbolt strike plate, a heavy and high-quality deadbolt or higher security lock models.


9. Upgrade to a smart doorbell

Unexpected visitors are likely to knock on your door, but smart doorbells allow you to see who is at the door before even opening it and with the integrated video camera it acts as a great deterrent against burglary.

10. Add door security accessories

From door viewers to door chains, door bars, and door plates, installing door accessories provides you with high security and privacy and certainly reduce the chances of getting burgled.


Consider Joining the Neighbourhood Watch

As part of our security advice, we also recommend that you either join or start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Neighbourhood Watch works to bring neighbours together who want to look out for each other, creating strong, friendly, active communities where crime and antisocial behaviour are less likely to happen.

To find your local Neighbourhood Watch, or for information on how to start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, please visit here!

Neighbourhood watch and UK most burgled cities and towns


Call your Local Keytek® Locksmith!

At Keytek® Locksmiths, we are committed to assisting you in keeping your house secure, which is why we are always upgrading our security content on our website. If you were interested in this blog we recommend that you take a look at our Home Security Guide here where we break down home security into sections like your front doorgarden gateoutdoor lights and more.