Redbridge postcodes dominate UK-wide burglary hotspots list

A body-worn video (BMV) camera, which was trialled by the Metropolitan Police last year. Redbridge P

A body-worn video (BMV) camera, which was trialled by the Metropolitan Police last year. Redbridge Police used cameras like this to film burglary suspects and hotspots last year as part of an overt filiming initiative. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

Redbridge is a hotbed for burglary in Britain, according to data collected by a price comparison website.

The MoneySuperMarket figures for people making insurance claims on burglaries places four of the borough’s postcodes in its top 10 most likely to be burgled list.

Second in the UK was IG5, Clayhall, third was IG4, Redbridge, fourth was IG2, Gants Hill, Newbury Park and Aldborough Hatch, and ninth was IG6, Barkingside and Hainault. Coming in at 17 was IG3, Seven Kings and Goodmayes.

The insurance comparison site’s burglary claims tracker showed that for every 1,000 claims in 2015 57.5 were from Clayhall.

For the same period, 56.7 were from IG4, 53.5 were from IG2 and 46.7 were from IG6.

London was home to 16 of the nation’s top 20 burglary hotspots with SE21, South Tulse Hill and Dulwich, topping the list with 61.2 of every 1,000 claims last year.

Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Our findings suggest thieves favour busy urban areas where strangers are unlikely to be spotted and it’s easy to make a quick getaway.

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“Leafy suburbs are also heavily targeted, with burglars following the money to affluent areas.”

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said it was “disturbing” to find that most of the postcodes fell within his constituency.

“Insurance claims only give you a part of the picture as a lot of crimes go unreported and not everyone claims insurance,” he added.

“There’s no place for complacency, the pressures on policing budgets, which have not gone away, is going to make it harder to tackle this issue.

“It’s one of the biggest concerns I pick up from people on the doorstep.”

A joint statement from Redbridge Council and Redbridge Police said the findings did not present “a complete picture”.

“Recent police figures have shown a considerable reduction in burglary across the borough,” it read.

“The MoneySuperMarket figures do not reflect actual burglaries in the borough or match figures held by the police which means it’s difficult to make accurate comparisons.”

A spokeswoman said burglary in Redbridge dropped by 35 per cent since 2011/2012.

She said: “Burglary is a priority for the Redbridge Safer Communities Partnership, which includes the council, police and other agencies, and we will continue to work hard to ensure figures continue to reduce.”