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Burglary in the UK

Burglary Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 235,280 crime reports about burglary. This is a decrease of 17% from 2020's figure of 274,899 reports of burglary, giving an overall crime rate of 3.9 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 4.6 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangerous 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 West Midlands, with a crime rate of 6, followed by Bristol in third, with a burglary rate of 6 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for burglary is Plymouth, which had a crime rate of 2.1 in 2021. Next safest is Swindon, followed by Milton Keynes in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 2.3 and 2.3 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Burglary

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Middlesbrough10.03
2Hackney8.72
3Westminster8.56
4Haringey8.30
5Birmingham7.84
6Hammersmith and Fulham7.41
7Islington7.38
8Southwark7.34
9Leeds7.30
10Tower Hamlets7.27

The Safest Towns & Cities for Burglary

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Plymouth2.07
2Swindon2.32
3Milton Keynes2.34
4Bexley3.00
5Brighton and Hove3.17
6Norwich3.18
7Swansea3.22
8Reading3.37
9Luton4.02
10Havering4.03

Burglary Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
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Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Burglary

PositionNameCrime Rate
1South Yorkshire6.63
2West Midlands6.41
3Bristol6.11
4London5.85
5West Yorkshire5.09
6Merseyside4.83
7East Riding of Yorkshire4.75
8South Glamorgan4.47
9Durham4.47
10Lancashire4.28

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021