The results were collected by analysing household theft claims over the last four years from tens of thousands of Endsleigh policyholders in the UK. Whilst Home Office statistics highlight the fact that the rate of burglary across the UK has fallen over the past decade, a recent report* released in January found that burglary rates had increased by four per cent across the UK over the last quarter as the recession developed. Figures from July-September 2008 show a significant increase in burglary rates for the first time in seven years.
Endsleigh analyses the percentage of claims in different UK towns and cities against the number of Endsleigh policyholders, ranking them based on the comparative risk of burglary, rather than on the total number of claims there have been. The report also covers accidents in the home, determining the most and least 'accident-prone' towns and cities.
Do not label your house keys in case you lose them
Install a burglar alarm
Never leave a spare key concealed anywhere
Ask a friend or neighbour to check on the property if you are going away
Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows