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Where are the safest areas in the UK to live and work?

People living and working in London, Manchester and South Yorkshire may be significantly more likely to be the victims of a domestic or commercial break-in, according to new data.

The statistics

Analysis published by comparison site MoneySupermarket last month reveals that premises in the capital with the RM8 postcode are the most at-risk in the country, with 55 burglary-related insurance claims for every 1,000 people in 2014.

The company's latest annual Burglary Claims Tracker places 2013's worst location for break-ins - Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Greater Manchester - in third position, with 51.8 reports of such crimes per 1,000 residents.

Where are the safest areas in the UK to live

In second place for 2014 were buildings with the IG2 postcode, which includes properties based in Gants Hill, Newbury Park and Aldborough Hatch in Ilford.

Completing the top ten UK locations for high burglary rates are the DN2, E18, RM11, TW11, BD2, EN4 and IG3 postcodes, most of which are in and around London and its suburbs.

Crime consequences

Speaking to the Independent in late January, a spokesperson for MoneySupermarket commented: "Outside of financial loss, supporting research shows that burglary had a lasting impact on people's lives. One in eight burglary victims never recover emotionally and one in four struggle to replace stolen items."

What's more, although these figures might focus on the extent of domestic burglaries, the effects of a business break-in can be arguably even more disastrous.

Commercial burglaries can result in a serious security breach, potentially leading to data, expensive equipment and workers' personal items being lost or stolen, therefore highlighting the importance of firms investing in manned CCTV systems or the physical presence of security guards.

While the statistics from MoneySupermarket show the supposed least safe places to live, if there is a high crime rate in these areas, it is likely that commercial break-ins will be prevalent in the vicinity as well.

However, the firm's analysis also highlights some of the 'safest' locations to be based in Britain, which include parts of Scotland, Wales and Suffolk.

In fact, no insurance claims related to break-ins were recorded in certain areas, leading MoneySupermarket to declare Dundee, Dumfries, Felixstowe, Bangor and Dunbartonshire as some of the safest places to live and work in the country.

How to heighten security

Yet if a business is based in one of these locations, this does not mean site managers should be lazy about security practices, but should adopt the same tight approach to protecting their assets as they would if they were situated in London or Manchester, for example.

It is advisable for firms to train their staff on ways to spot potential security breaches and to make sure stock levels are kept to a minimum, cash is always locked away at the end of each working day and that grilles or shutters are installed on windows where appropriate to discourage break-ins.

Furthermore, expensive equipment or files containing confidential information should always be locked away, while CCTV should be installed around the building and monitored at all times to keep security at a maximum and give greater peace of mind to facilities managers.


Posted by Andrew Miller

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