How to check the Security and Crime Rate in your Area
It is a good idea to understand the crime rate in the area you live in and what options are out there to help best protect your home. Checking your area for the local crime rate couldn’t be simpler, just follow the steps below:
- Visit police.uk website
- Scroll down to the ‘What’s happening in your area?’ section on the homepage
- Enter your postcode in the search bar
- You will then be able to see an overview of the number of crimes reported in your area and the type of crimes reported broken down into a monthly report. You can also access a crime map located close to the top of the page which will give you a more indepth look at your specific area or road, how many stop and searches took place and a look at the statistics which you can view over the last 12 months or past three years and the outcomes that took place.
When do burglars attack?
Did you know that burglars are most likely to attack your home during the week in the evening? You should be extra vigilant during these times and get into the habit of locking your doors and windows when you are settled in for the day.
Locking your door everyday should be one of the most important steps in your daily routine as a whopping 76% of burglars enter a home through the front door according to the Office for National Statistics! 15% of these doors were left unlocked and 6% of burglars used a key to gain entry which unfortunately means the homeowners are more than likely to have missed out on their insurance claim.
Most burgled city in the UK
Did you know the most burgled area in the UK for 2020 was Birmingham? Following this crime hotspot city were Greater London, Greater Manchester and Sheffield so ensure if you live in one of these areas your home security is up to date.
As emergency locksmiths we know new homeowners are more susceptible to break-ins, especially if they don’t replace the lock when they move into their new home. Find out more about changing your locks when you move house here!