Wednesday, 6 February 2013

SW16 postcode is top 20 UK hotspot for burglary

At the St Leonard's Ward Safer Neighbourhood panel last night I asked local police what they felt about the news that the SW16 postcode was one of the top 20 areas in the UK for burglary.

There was some surprise as the official burglary figures aren't that high when it comes to crime that is actually reported.

The data came from who analysed 3.49 million applications for home insurance quotes made between December 2011 and the end of November 2012.

They looked at the number of users who said they had made a claim for burglary at their current address in the past two years.

As the police pointed out, you generally need a crime reference number to make a claim, and so that crime should have been reported and so show up in the official statistics.

One explanation is perhaps that the definition of burglary was quite wide, and so incorporated all thefts from people's homes.

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