25/01/2013 03:30 GMT

Burglary Hotspots Revealed: Houses Most Likely To Be Targeted In Leeds, Bradford And North Finchley

The UK's burglary hotspots have been revealed, including the postcode area where homes are most likely to have been targeted.

People living in LS13 in Leeds were the most likely to have filed insurance claims for burglary in a two-year period.

The postcode in second place was BD12 in Bradford, followed by North Finchley (N12) in London, Eccles in Manchester (M30) and Noak Hill in Romford, Essex (RM3).

The top 20 postcodes most likely to be burgled

  • 1 LS13 Leeds
  • 2 BD12 Bradford
  • 3 N12 North Finchley, north London
  • 4 M30 Manchester
  • 5 RM3 Romford
  • 6 SW12 Balham, south London
  • 7 LS18 Leeds
  • 8 UB3 Hayes, west London
  • 9 SE22 East Dulwich, south east London
  • 10 LS28 Leeds
  • 11 IG2 Ilford, east London
  • 12 HU6 Hull
  • 13 BD10 Bradford
  • 14 BD17 Bradford
  • 15 LS25 Leeds
  • 16 TW12 Hampton, south west London
  • 17 BD18 Bradford
  • 18 SW16 Streatham, south London
  • 19 LS12 Leeds
  • 20 BD6 Bradford

The postcodes where people were least likely to have made a claim included SA9 in Swansea, SA62 in Pembrokeshire and LA14 in Cumbria.

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.

The number of claims made per 1,000 inquiries was then calculated for each area, to allow postcodes to be compared.

These are the 20 least likely to be targeted.

  • 1 SA9 Swansea
  • 2 SA62 Pembrokeshire
  • 3 LA14 Cumbria
  • 4 TQ3 Devon
  • 5 EX31 Devon
  • 6 DD8 Angus
  • 7 KY7 Fife
  • 8 PL21 Devon
  • 9 PL26 Cornwall
  • 10 NR29 Norfolk
  • 11 AB16 Aberdeen
  • 12 NR19 Norfolk
  • 13 NR10 Norfolk
  • 14 TQ5 Devon
  • 15 NE7 Tyne & Wear
  • 16 CT21 Kent
  • 17 RH20 Sussex
  • 18 OX18 Oxfordshire
  • 19 NE22 Northumberland
  • 20 BA12 Wiltshire

Hannah Jones from the website said: "While there are clearly some areas of the country with a higher proportion of insurance claims for burglary than others, this doesn't actually mean the area is 'rife' with crime.

"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.

"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."

Comparison website, who carried out the analysis, looked at 3.49 million applications for home insurance quotes made between December 2011 and the end of November 2012.