This week, Moneysupermarket.com have analysed all of their 2 million burglary claims from the last few years to calculate the UK's top burglary hotspots.
And while many people assume that the capital might be the worst place for burglaries, you might be surprised to hear that the top three are actually Guildford, Cambridge, and Edgbaston.
Do You Live in a Hotspot?
To see how your area compares, enter your postcode and it will tell you your risk of being targeted and also how at risk you are compared to the rest of the country:
How Can You Reduce Your Risk?
In light of this, we have put together some tips on how you can deter criminals and keep your home, and your family, safe:
Make sure your windows and doors are locked, especially at night and when no one is home. Shockingly, the Office For National Statistics' report on burglary showed that over 70% of burglars gain entry through a door, and over 50% of cases do not involve forced entry. This really highlights the importance of ensuring everything is locked up.
Leave a light, or a TV or radio, on when the house is empty. Don't make it obvious that no one is home, especially if you're away for a few days.
Keep your valuables out of sight, especially portable devices such as laptops, phones, and speakers but also wallets and spare car or house keys. If you have a TV, desktop computer or other valuables that you cannot move easily, try to place them away from windows and keep the curtains closed when you're not in the house.
Finally, installing home security cameras with motion detection will allow you to keep an eye on your home when you're not there. If someone does manage to break in, you'll know straight away so you can take action before it's too late. Even better, if you install outdoor cameras too you'll be able to see potential burglars before they even manage to get in. Putting signs outside letting people know that you've got a camera system set up will act as a deterrent to opportunist criminals.
Explore how our range of Blink cameras, including the new outdoor Blink XT, can help to deter criminals and protect your home.