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North Finchley Is London's Burglary Hotspot

Friday 25th January 2013

People living in N12 in North Finchley are at the most risk of being burgled in London.

North FinchleyResearch shows the Leeds is the UK's number one burglary hotspot, with Bradford and North Finchley following.

Postcodes in Balham, East Dulwich and Hayes also came in the top ten.

Comparison website analysed 3.49 million applications for home insurance quotes made between December 2011 and the end of November 2012.

A spokesperson said: "Thieves often specifically target areas with wealthy residents, or quieter areas where there's not a lot of passing foot traffic, where the rewards are potentially greater and the risk of being caught in the act may be lower.

"Areas affected by higher rates of burglary insurance claims will see their premiums impacted - increasing by a fifth on average. Higher value properties could expect to pay even more than this.

"Insurers take a blanket approach to assessing postcode districts for home insurance premiums rather than looking at insurance applications on a case by case basis. So, although you may not have been a victim of burglary directly, you could be paying more for insurance if there are higher rates of burglary claims made within your postal area.

"The key thing is not to simply accept your insurance renewal."

Top Ten Burglary Hotspots (number of claims per 1,000 inquiries)
1 LS13 Leeds (34.8)
2 BD12 Bradford (34.2)
3 N12 North Finchley, north London (31.9)
4 M30 Manchester (31.6)
5 RM3 Romford (30.9)
6 SW12 Balham, south London (30.1)
7 LS18 Leeds (29.7)
8 UB3 Hayes, west London (29.5)
9 SE22 East Dulwich, south east London (29.1)
10 LS28 Leeds (28.4)