Property: Low crime rates reveal the safest regions in the UK to buy a home.
NEW RESEARCH from GetAgent.co.uk, an estate agent comparison site, has shown the locations of the UK that are least likely to be burgled.
Burglaries are more likely to occur now that winter is approaching and the nights are drawing in. Theft claims jumped 10% in October and November 2019 compared to the monthly average from January to September of that year, according to Aviva data.
GetAgent crunched the numbers to determine which parts of the market were the safest for homeowners, and Devon, Cornwall, and Rutland came out on top.
There are an estimated 20.5 million households in England, with 150,000 burglaries reported in the previous year.
This suggests that the burglary-to-household ratio is 0.007.
Burglaries are less common in Devon than elsewhere in the UK.
There are 382,500 residences in the area, with 558 burglaries reported, a ratio of 0.001.
Despite the fact that there are 283,500 residences in Cornwall, only 448 break-ins have been reported in the last year.
This resulted in a 0.002 ratio score.
Rutland and West Sussex both received this rating, giving them two of the safest locations in the UK.
The ratios for London, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, North Yorkshire, and Norfolk were all 0.003.
“Crime levels have traditionally been an influencing element when it comes to buying a home,” said Colby Short, founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk.
“In terms of how safe we may feel in a certain region, burglary and home invasion data are likely the most relevant.”
“These figures may have an impact on the premiums we pay for home or car insurance.”
“A decent estate agent should have local crime statistics on hand, but this hyper-localized data is also available at the touch of a button.”
“Using this during the early phases of your home search will help you avoid wasting time examining properties in locations that aren’t suited for you.”
What can you do this winter to assist avoid a break-in?
“You can’t put a price on sentimental items or possessions like vintage jewelry,” said Adam Pawson, Head of Digital at Safestyle. “Our beloved family pets are more valuable due to our emotional connection to them and are impossible to replace, so we need to think carefully about how we look after them to keep them safe.”
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