Data from the insurance company reveals burglary rates for Cambridgeshire

Huntdonshire was revealed as the safest place to live in Cambridgeshire, with just 1.45 reported thefts per 1,000 people last year.

This according to the latest study by Confused.com.

The research analyzes data on burglary provided by police forces across the UK between 2017 and 2021 to identify the safest cities to live in the UK.

Thief breaks into a residential building.  Photo: archive image.
Thief breaks into a residential building. Photo: archive image.

Fenland was ranked as the third safest district in Cambridgeshire with 1.72 burglaries per 1,000 people last year.

Overall the county burglary rate has decreased by an average of 20.44% annually since 2017. Huntingtonshire recorded half of the break-ins in Cambridge, which had 2.85 per 1,000 slightly lower than Peterborough which had 2 , 87 per 1,000 people last year.

East Cambridgeshire was the second safest area in Cambridgeshire, with just 1.52 thefts per 1,000 people. Burglary rates in East Cambridgeshire have dropped on average by nearly a quarter (22.15%) each year since 2017, the highest decline of all Cambridgeshire areas analyzed.

Intrusion during the day in a residential area.  Photo: archive image.
Intrusion during the day in a residential area. Photo: archive image.

Fenland recorded the second-lowest decline in thefts on an annual basis since 2017 (15.09%) and the area experienced 40% fewer thefts than Peterborough, which was ranked last among the areas of the county.

That said, Peterborough has seen a decline in burglaries of 13.75% on average each year, but that figure was the lowest of all areas of Cambridgeshire analyzed. However, Peterborough still saw three percent fewer thefts than Bedford (2.97 per 1,000) and four percent fewer than Norwich (3.00).

In the overall national ranking listed by Confused.com – which dropped in Middlesborough to 353rd place with 7.86 burglaries per 1,000 people – King’s Lynn and West Norfolk were the safest place to live in 66th place, Huntingdonshire was 82, East Cambridgeshire 89, Fenland 118 and South Holland 120.

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Property owners in Scotland are less likely to suffer a burglary

East Dunbartonshire, Scotland is the safest region in the UK to live, with just 0.44 reported thefts per 1,000 people in 2021. The burglary rate in the region has decreased by an average of 26.94% every year, since 2017. This is the second largest annual average decrease in burglaries reported in the study, second only to Folkestone and Hythe (27.52% decrease).

East Dunbartonshire was followed by four other Scottish regions, Highland (0.47 burglaries per 1,000 people), Aberdeenshire (0.50), Stirling (0.56) and Argyll and Bute (0.58).

Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at Confused.com, said, “While burglary rates appear to be decreasing year on year, it’s just as important to make sure your home is safe. Security cameras and burglar alarms are not only a great deterrent to potential thieves, but having them could lower your home insurance prices.

“Our guide to protecting your home from thieves outlines some of the most effective ways to protect your home. This includes some simple changes, such as investing in smart home security. Nowadays, technology has advanced to provide us with affordable and easy-to-install smart home devices such as doorbells and automated lights. These let you know who’s outside without you having to walk up to the door. “



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