Is your home in one of London’s burglary hot spots?

January 13, 2015 ◄ Back

There were 56,220 property break-ins recorded across Greater London last year.

The Home Office has published an interactive crime map to show burglary hot spots. View Crime Map

Londoners living and working in the City endured 169 residential and commercial property burglaries per km sq in the first nine months of 2014 – the highest of any borough across Greater London as the high density of offices provided rich pickings for criminals.  Islington suffered the second highest level of break-ins, with 119 per km sq between January and September.

Westminster, Hackney and Camden complete the top five most burgled boroughs.

The number of tower blocks and density of housing will drive up the rate of property break-ins per borough, but opportunism, accessibility and hardship are also key factors.

Charles Hallatt, the chairman of Banham security group advises,  “The dark hours combined with households containing high-value gifts [after the festive season] make properties even more vulnerable. We always urge home owners to revisit their security operations in place on their premises in the autumn and seek advice from their security provider to help them avoid falling victims of crime. With a little planning and extra precautions taken by home owners, the chances of burglary occurring can be reduced.”

How the map works

When hovering over each blue dot an incident will pop up explaining where it was and its investigation status.
The map allows the user to zoom in and see how many burglaries were reported on a road, or a place of interest.
There is also a function on the right to switch on house prices, showing a sliding scale of colour – from dark to light – to indicate high to low value boroughs.
The burglary data covers commercial and residential property and was taken from official statistics from the Home Office
Areas per borough were calculated in a GIS using the ONS Unitary Authority Boundary data.
Sales price data was taken from the Land Registry to the end of September 2014.

To see further facts and an article on burglary hot spots and Crime Maps Click here

 

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