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Leeds and Bradford homeowners most at risk of burglary

Leeds and Bradford homeowners most at risk of burglary

Becoming the victim of a burglary is a prospect that terrifies many people in the UK and it seems the risk is greatest if you are living in Leeds.

According to a new infographic published by SECOM, the West Yorkshire city is home to the highest ratio of home thefts in the country.

Indeed, those of you residing in the LS13 postcode region should be aware that you are the most likely to be burgled of any Britons.

With a burglary taking place every 1.23 seconds somewhere in the country, it is well worth thinking about this possibility and taking adequate steps to minimise the risk.

And it is not only people living in Leeds who should be concerned, as Bradford finished second on the list of burglary hotspots, while Eccles in Manchester, North Finchley in London and Romford rounded off the top five.

On the other hand, homes in the SA9 postcode area of Swansea, SA62 in Pembrokeshire and LA14 in Cumbria were named as the least likely to have to make an insurance claim as a result of a burglary.

Now is a particularly good time to invest in solutions that will go some way to minimising the risk of a home becoming a burglary target during the winter months. The infographic shows home break-ins are 1.5 times more likely to occur during the cold and dark months of the year rather than in the summer.

Interestingly, 20 per cent of all burglaries take place on a Friday, so it is also worth being extra vigilant on this day.

Perhaps the best way to combat the threat posed by burglars is to invest in a brand new, hi-tech home security alarm. This can be linked to the Alarm Receiving Centre at SECOM, meaning help is at hand within minutes of any incident being reported.

Failing to invest in home security can be a dangerous policy, as six per cent of buildings with no measures taken were struck by thieves in 2012.

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