Home Security & Burglary Statistics for the UK in 2019
Author: Josh Jackman
Published: Friday, 30 August 2019
✔A burglary takes place every 108 seconds in the UK
✔£181 million is stolen from homes in London every year
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Home burglaries are terrifying, traumatising, and often costly crimes – and one happens in the UK every 108 seconds.
The Office for National Statistics puts the average cost of a residential burglary in the UK at £3,030, and more than one-third of that is the emotional cost to victims – which makes sense, when you consider that someone is home during 58% of burglaries.
You can help stop this from happening – but first, you need to be informed. This page promised home security and burglary statistics about the UK, and we intend to keep our promise. Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Security & Burglary Statistics 2019: what’s on this page?
Head straight to a specific section by clicking the links below.
- 01 | Cost of residential burglary in UK counties
- 02 | Risk of residential burglary in UK counties
- 03 | Cost of home burglary in London boroughs
- 04 | Risk of home burglary in London boroughs
- 05 | How many residential burglaries per year?
- 06 | What percentage of crimes are burglaries?
- 07 | How many burglaries per 1000 people?
- 08 | What percentage of households are burgled?
- 09 | How many houses are broken into every day?
- 10 | How often does a burglary occur?
- 11 | The average cost of a burglary
- 12 | How effective is a home security system?
- 13 | How many burglars know their victim?
- 14 | How many homes have a security system?
- 15 | The worst 5 affected counties
- 16 | The worst 5 affected London boroughs
- 17 | How much burglaries cost every Londoner
- 18 | What percentage of burglaries have violence?
- 19 | What time do burglaries occur?
- 20 | What are the most commonly stolen items?
- 21 | What are the most common entry points?
- 22 | How long does a burglary take?
- 23 | What percentage of burglaries are solved?
- 24 | How often is someone home?
- 25 | Which age groups are burgled most?
- 26 | Next steps
Cost of residential burglary in UK counties
That's right, London loses nearly three times as much money to residential burglaries as any other county in the UK.
You may not have expected the West Midlands or West Yorkshire to rank so highly, but the conclusion from this table is clear: densely populated areas are more at risk.
Risk of residential burglary in UK counties
Once again, the big counties are the riskiest places to live when it comes to your home being targeted by burglars.
The way London falls to sixth in this chart - from first in the one above - shows how thieves in the capital are able to get away with more expensive hauls.
But you're more likely to suffer a home burglary in West Yorkshire, and sometimes the cost of such invasions is higher than anyone could measure in monetary terms.
Cost of residential burglary in London boroughs
£9.3 million, lost to burglars every year, in Barnet alone. And another £7.8 million stolen in Enfield.
There's not much you can do to solve the deep-rooted problems in society which lead burglars to break into homes. But you can protect yourself.
Risk of residential burglary in London boroughs
Shocked to see the affluent borough of Kensington & Chelsea top of this chart, followed just four places later by Hammersmith & Fulham?
Us too. It's evidence that no-one is safe, and that richer neighbourhoods are often targeted because of the obvious wealth contained within.
On the other side of the coin, residents in poorer boroughs like Hackney and Haringey also suffer greatly from burglaries.
How many residential burglaries are there per year?
There were 296,150 in the 12 months preceding March 2019.
This was a slight decrease from the 12 months ending in March 2018, which saw 309,805 residential burglaries.
What percentage of crimes are burglaries?
5.63%, when you exclude fraud.
That means that for every 18 crimes that aren't fraud, one of them is a burglary.
How many burglaries are there per 1,000 people?
There are five burglaries per 1,000 people.
If you have 200 Facebook friends, that means one of them – on average – has been burgled.
What percentage of households experience a burglary per year?
2.35%, which translates to each home having a one in 43 chance of being burgled.
When the chances of a catastrophic event befalling you are this high every year, it might be a good idea to protect yourself with a home security system.
How many houses are broken into every day?
That's right - thousands of people have to cope with their most sacred space being violated every day.
How often does a burglary occur?
34 per hour, on average – that’s one every 106 seconds.
In the time you’ve spent reading this page, there have been five burglaries.
The average cost of a burglary
£1,400 is a lot to lose in one go, and may plunge you into financial difficulties - but the emotional trauma and resultant loss in productivity hits harder.
£3,030 is a horribly large amount to have taken from you - especially when there's a solution in the shape of a home security system.
How effective is a home security system?
63% of burglaries happened to people without a basic security system.
On the flip side, 77% of people with at least a basic home security system are not burgled.
What percentage of burglars know their victim?
43%. People can be targeted by anyone from a close relative to a handyman or acquaintance in their neighbourhood.
Keep your home secure, and you’ll never have to find out who would target you.
What percentage of homes have a security system?
32% of British householders have a burglar alarm, and 40% have a security camera.
It’s pretty much impossible to know what percentage of home security system owners are satisfied with their choice of product – but it’s clear that having a camera and alarm helps to protect you against burglaries.
A 2012 University of North Carolina at Charlotte survey of burglars found that 60% of the thieves wouldn’t burgle a property if it had an alarm, and 12 burglars who were surveyed by the Co-op in 2017 said a camera was their biggest deterrent.
If you’d like to compare quotes for a home security system which can help you feel safer, fill in this form and see how much you can save.
The worst 5 affected counties per 1000 people for residential burglary
1. West Yorkshire
2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands
4. South Yorkshire
The worst 5 affected London boroughs per 1000 population for residential burglary
1. Kensington & Chelsea
5. Hammersmith & Fulham
How much do burglaries cost each individual in London boroughs?
The fact that suburban Enfield topped this list surprised us - but not as much as the presence of Hammersmith and Fulham in the top two.
That's what happens when you have expensive items to protect, though. You need more protection, otherwise you'll become just another upsetting statistic.
Considering our top-ranked home security system, Verisure, costs only around £10 more per year than the average person in Enfield shells out for burglaries, a move towards a safer future seems worth it.
What percentage of burglaries have violence?
Burglars use force or violence against 26% of victims.
So in one in every four cases, an intruder could leave you and your loved ones with both physical and psychological scars - or worse.
What time do burglaries occur? What are the most common hours for a burglary?
Overall, 61% of burglaries take place between 6pm and 6am.
The most common hours are 6pm to midnight, when 30% of all residential burglaries happen.
What are the most commonly stolen items?
Burglars will typically aim to take as many small, expensive items as possible from a home, taking as much as they can in the space of just a handful of minutes.
This explains why cash, jewellery, and cards attract their attention, along with laptops, which like cards can be used to sell your identity to someone else.
What are the most common entry points to the home?
67% of burglars break in through a door. In fact, 21% of all burglars who manage to get in do so by simply opening an unlocked door.
29% go through a window – and more than a third of these thieves took advantage of an unlocked one.
How long does a burglary take?
Most take less than 10 minutes.
Burglars typically try to get in and out as quickly as possible.
What percentage of burglaries are solved?
Metropolitan Police data shows that the percentage of burglaries which led to a conviction in the year up to April 2019 was 3.1%.
Data suggests that at least 95% of burglaries across the UK go unsolved.
How often is someone home during a burglary?
58% of the time.
And if someone is home, violence is threatened or used against them in 40% of cases.
Which age groups experience the highest rate of burglary?
You might not have seen this coming, but young people are the most vulnerable to break-ins - by far.
It's horrible, but home security should start young, otherwise you could face traumatic consequences.
By now, you’ll know exactly how likely it is that you’ll wake up to find someone stealing from you, how much it could cost you, and how rarely criminals are brought to justice.
You’ve learned all you can; you’ve prepared yourself for this catastrophic event – and if you fill in this form for some free home security system quotes, you could even stop it from happening.
After all, 63% of residential burglaries happen to people without a basic home security system.
You’ve worked too hard, for too long, to build a life for yourself, to have any part of it stolen away by a thief in the night. A small investment in home security can help you to sleep more soundly and prevent traumatic break-ins.