HENLEY-in-Arden, less than seven miles from Redditch, is officially the UK’s top burglary claims hotspot.
According to the annual burglary claims tool of comparison website MoneySuperMarket the Henley postcode of B95, has risen to the top of the rankings, with a rate of 50.46 claims per 1,000 quotes.
Another nearby postcode district, B94, covering Hockley Heath, Tanworth and Earlswood, also features in the top 20, with 45.80 claims per 1,000 quotes.
The online service says it arrived at this figure by analysing more than 2.5 million home insurance quotes from the last two years to identify the UK’s burglary hotspots, based on the highest and lowest rate of claims for home contents theft within a five-year period.
The data reveals a 16 per cent national increase in rates of theft, with an average of 15.57 claims per 1,000 quotes in 2018, up from 13.42 in 2017.
Although consumer research reveals one in five householders believe they live in an area where properties are burgled more than the national average, almost half (44 per cent) haven’t taken any precautionary measures to protect their home, including installing burglar alarms, window locks or security cameras.
Meanwhile, residents of last year’s top burglary hotspot, Guildford postcode district GU3, will be pleased to see it has fallen out of this year’s top 20 and now sits in 171st place.