The most susceptible to burglaries areas of London

Rich Richmond, located in the south-west of London, is the most attractive metropolitan area for burglaries, according to new data.

Based on an analysis of more than 2 million insurance claims filed between January 2016 and December 2017, the safest and most at risk regions in the UK has been identified.

Guildford, in Surrey, topped this list - there are 52 homeowners who are forced to file a lawsuit as a result of burglary, MoneySuperMarket poll showed. Mortlake, in Richmond upon Thames, became the biggest target for criminals in the capital, with a number of lawsuits of 45,7 per 1000 homes. East Finchley, in Barnet, in the north of London, took second place, where nearly 40 of the 1000 home owners reported theft. Herne Hill, in the south of London, along with the Lambeth and Southwark districts, took the third place, in this case the number of thefts is 37 per 1000 houses. Palmers Green, in Enfield, and Mill Hill, also in Barnet, ranked the top five, with 36 and 34 thefts per 1000 homes, respectively.

At the national level, the figures for the capital's districts showed a drop compared to last year's figures, in which Redbridge, in north-east London, topped the list. According to statistics, Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, along with Guildford entered the top five most popular areas of the UK.

Kevin Pratt, a consumer protection expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: "The analysis of lawsuits this year suggests that burglaries are divided into two main categories: crimes committed in rich suburbs, where thieves count on rich prey and remoteness housing from civilization, as well as crimes committed in busy urban areas, where strangers attract little attention and robbers hope to escape quickly.

"For these reasons, housing owners should do their best to improve the security of the home and prevent burglary. Insurance companies will reduce the insurance premium for people who have reliable locks on doors and windows, security alarms, those who use safes for valuables. The purchase of the update will also help make insurance premiums as low as possible."

The representative said that between January 2012 and December 2017, there were 10,369 reports of burglary throughout the city committed in residential and commercial real estate. She added that during the same period, 23,556 reports were received in Barnet, 19,377 in Croydon and 37,127 in Lambeth.

She said: "In fact, Richmond upon Thames has a low level of burglary in comparison with other London areas or even the rest of the country. Richmond-upon-Thames seeks to become the safest area in London. And any reports of the burglary are unacceptable. The Richmond Community Safety Partnership, which includes the local police and council, recently agreed on a new strategy to combat all aspects of crime, with new programs and activities aimed at to help residents to be safe in all aspects of their lives. There are simple measures that all households can take to reduce the number of burglaries, including locking doors and windows, using timer switches and keeping keys away from doors and windows."

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