It’s important to be aware of burglary statistics for your local area. It will give you peace of mind knowing your home is secure when living in an area that has higher UK burglary statistics.
LockRite define burglary as 'Illegal entry into a building, premises or property with the purpose of committing a crime, specifically theft'. Although technology and alarms have significantly improved over the past few decades, burglary is still a prevalent crime in and among cities, towns and surrounding areas.
From June 2021 – 2022, there were a reported 196,066 burglaries in the UK alone, with 20% of these taking place in the London Metropolitan Area.
The London Metropolitan Area is statistically the most burgled place in the UK, as mentioned in the previous paragraph. Although this is expected due to their being almost 10 million people living in the area, as of 2023, it’s over double the amount that Greater Manchester recorded for the year.
Burglary statistics also show that you’re 50% more likely to be burgled living in England than you are in Wales. Although this piece of information may seem shocking, there are 55 million people in England, compared to only 3 million in Wales.
Now that you’ve been updated on the latest burglary statistics, you may be wanting to prevent your own home or business from burgled. Listed below will be some ways that you can help to prevent 2nd degree burglary, and even 1st degree burglary.
Let’s start off with the question that matters the most.
According to the Met Police, Burglars are often opportunistic criminals, with a preference for targeting residential properties like houses and flats. They actively seek out vulnerable points of entry, especially open, unlocked, or easily forced open doors and windows.
The sight of valuable items through a window, acts as an additional motivation for burglars to carry out their criminal activities.
In several instances, burglars choose a specific residence after spotting a valuable vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle they intend to steal, assuming that the keys are likely to be stored inside the targeted property.
These patterns highlight the importance of securing our homes and vehicles, ensuring that doors and windows are properly locked, and valuable items are not readily visible from the outside.
By understanding the methods and motivations of burglars, we can take proactive measures to protect our properties and belongings, reducing the risk of falling victim to opportunistic criminals.
When looking at figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the last two years have witnessed a significant impact on crime trends due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed social restrictions.
As society navigates the aftermath of the pandemic, understanding these shifting crime patterns is essential in devising targeted measures to ensure the safety and security of communities across the country.
Let’s take a look at some burglary rates across the UK.
Take a look at the tables below for more in-depth information.
Kingston upon Hull
Brighton and Hove
Kingston upon Thames
During the period from March 2022 to March 2023, the United Kingdom witnessed a significant total of 267,921 reported burglary cases.
Analysing the 'Crime Rate per 1000 People' data reveals a concerning trend, as burglary rates have been steadily worsening over time.
Looking at the table below, we can see there have been changes in the number of burglaries per month from March 2022 to March 2023, with figures peaking at an all-time high in January 2023.
Looking at the information below, taken from the Office for National Statistics, we can see that there were:
Screenshot taken from an Office for National Statistics spreadsheet
As one of the most prominent police forces in the world, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) boasts a rich history and plays a crucial role in safeguarding London, one of the most dynamic and diverse cities on the globe.
Let’s take a look at what they have to say.
[Source: Seven facts about residential burglary]
On Thursday 16th December, then Home Secretary Priti Patel announced a substantial funding boost of up to £1.1 billion for policing in the upcoming year.
For additional information about theft and burglary offences, please feel free to take a look at this spreadsheet, created by the Office for National Statistics.
We help prevent homes from being burgled. We can provide you with a security survey to check that your home or property is secure, that your locks are covered by your insurance and also give advice to ensure your property isn't an attractive target to potential thieves in the future.
If your home or business premises has fallen victim to a break in, we can also help make your property secure again.
We can repair damage to your doors and frames and repair and replace any locks that have been damaged during a break in.
So, if you have been a victim of a burglary or break in and need your locks fixed or replaced, then call us on 0800 0612 677.
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