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Waltham Forest ranks as London borough with fifth least burglaries

Waltham Forest had nine burglaries recorded per 1,000 households in 2022

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Waltham Forest ranked as the fifth safest London borough for burglaries last year, according to new research.

According to the research by security company ADT, Waltham Forest had nine burglaries recorded per 1,000 households in 2022. Bexley ranked as the safest borough with six burglaries per 1,000 households, while Bromley came second with seven burglaries per 1,000 households. 

Havering and Richmond upon Thames rounded out the top four safest boroughs with eight burglaries each. 

As the research notes, Southwark residents were most likely to experience a burglary in London with 14 burglaries recorded per 1,000 inhabitants, with Barnet, Hackney, Haringey, and Kensington & Chelsea all tying with 13 burglaries.


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London had a reported total of 38,776 residential burglaries last year across its boroughs, with costs totalling £23.27 million, as the median value of stolen items was £600.

Outside London, Middlesbrough homeowners are eleven times more at risk of burglary than the safest English local areas, which include North Norfolk and Staffordshire Moorlands. In London, Southwark residents are more than twice as at risk compared to those living in Bexley.

In its report, ADT says the most-stolen items in a home burglary (40%) were a purse, wallet, money and cards, while jewellery and watches were stolen in 32% of burglaries. 

In total there were 191,094 residential burglaries in England and Wales last year, which represents an increase of 1.8% from 2021, ADT says.

The full list is available to read on ADT’s website.


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