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Burglary in the UK

Burglary Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 222,895 crime reports about burglary. This is a decrease of 23% from 2020's figure of 274,899 reports of burglary, giving an overall crime rate of 3.7 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 4.6 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangeroues cities for burglary are Middlesbrough, Hackney, and Westminster, with crime rates of 10, 9, and 9 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for burglary is South Yorkshire, which recorded a burglary rate of 7 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for burglary is Bristol, with a crime rate of 6, followed by London in third, with a burglary rate of 6 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for burglary is Milton Keynes, which had a crime rate of 0.69 in 2021. Next safest is Coventry, followed by Plymouth in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 1.7 and 2.0 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Burglary

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Middlesbrough10.03
2Hackney8.72
3Westminster8.56
4Haringey8.30
5Hammersmith and Fulham7.41
6Islington7.38
7Southwark7.34
8Tower Hamlets7.27
9Leeds7.20
10Lambeth6.81

The Safest Towns & Cities for Burglary

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Milton Keynes0.69
2Coventry1.71
3Plymouth2.05
4Wolverhampton2.23
5Swindon2.28
6Birmingham2.75
7Swansea2.86
8Reading2.90
9Norwich3.00
10Bexley3.00

Burglary Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
7.076.284.593.72Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Burglary

PositionNameCrime Rate
1South Yorkshire6.63
2Bristol6.11
3London5.85
4West Yorkshire5.09
5Merseyside4.83
6East Riding of Yorkshire4.75
7South Glamorgan4.47
8Durham4.47
9Lancashire4.28
10Tyne & Wear4.21

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021