The most burgled towns in Britain where thieves steal £5,117 per home

By Kate Palmer

It's labelled "Corned Beef City" and is home to Britain's largest conglomeration of council houses, but Dagenham has earned a new title - Britain's most burgled town.

Homes in the Essex-London postcode, RM8, were most likely to be burgled in the previous year, with 5.5pc of households falling victim, according to insurance claims data.

Comparison website Moneysupermarket tracked millions of theft claims made to major insurers in the previous 12 months.

Burglars stole £5,117 worth of goods, on average, in each household they targeted in Dagenham and Becontree.

The area has seen a recent affluence boost, with a 15pc year-on-year rise in house prices according to Nationwide figures. Half a century earlier, the residents were said to be so poor that they lived on canned food - hence the "Corned Beef" nickname.

By contrast, fewer than 0.1pc of homes were burgled last year in Lochee, Dumfries and Aldochlay, Scotland.

Insurers pay out £8.1m per day in domestic property claims, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers, the industry body.

Theft is the third-most common type of home insurance claim (16pc of claims), behind problems relating to burst water pipes or escaped water (24pc of claims) and weather-related claims (17pc of claims).

Insurance costs double in theft hotspots

Householders are 55 times more likely to be burgled in Dagenham, home to Britain's largest council estate of 27,000 homes, than they are in Dundee.

To reflect this, the cost of building and contents cover is £132 in the high-risk area and £109 in the low-risk area.

But someone living in RM8 will pay double that of a Dundee resident if they have already made a claim for theft, paying £203 to insure their buildings and contents in a typical family home.


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The 10 most burgled towns in Britain


Rank Postcode Town or city Burglaries last year (per 1,000 homes) Value of goods stolen
1 RM8 Dagenham and Becontree 55 £5,117
2 IG2 Gants Hill, Newbury Park and Alborough Hatch 54.9 £6,581
3 M21 Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Barlow Moor, Manchester 51.8 £1,981
4 DN2 Intake and Wheatley, South Yorkshire 48.3 £1,907
5 E18 Woodford, Greater London 48.2 £6,074
6 RM11 Hornchurch and Emerson Park, Essex 47.1 £4,759
7 TW11 Teddington, Fulwell and Bushy Park, Greater London 47.1 £1,709
8 BD2 Eccleshill, West Yorkshire 46.9 £4,629
9 EN4 Cockfosters, Greater London 45.5 £4,409
10 IG3 Seven Kings, Greater London 44 £5,282


Source: Moneysupermarket data on 2.86m burglary claims made in the last 12 months

The 10 least burgled towns in Britain


Rank Postcode Town or city Burglaries last year (per 1,000 homes)
1 DD2 Lochee and Blackness, Dundee <1
2 DG1 Dumfries <1
3 G83 Aldochlay, Bute, Scotland <1
4 IP11 Felixstowe, Suffolk 1.8
5 LL57 Gwynedd, Wales 1.9
6 CA28 Whitehaven and Sandwith & Hensingham, Cumbria 2
7 BT48 Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland 2
8 PH2 South and East Perth, Scotland 2.3
9 BT41 Antrim, Dunadry and Muckamore, Northern Ireland 2.4
10 FK7 Bannockburn and Cowie, Stirling 2.5

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