The average burglar takes 13 seconds to break into a property have published their annual burglary hotspot figures. The most burgled area was found to be SE21 (South Tulse Hill and Dulwich), with 7 of the top 10 most burgled areas in North and East London.

There are 83 postcode areas across the UK for which they have had no claims over the last two years (the period from which the figures are compiled), including areas in Aberdeenshire, the Isle of Wight and Devon, so the top 20 least burgled list is the list of the least burgled areas for which there were any claims.

This year’s least burgled area is Harbury, in CV33.

According to Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket,

Our findings suggest thieves favour busy urban areas where strangers are unlikely to be spotted and it’s easy to make a quick getaway.

Leafy suburbs are also heavily targeted, with burglars following the money to affluent areas.

Here are the top 20 most burgled areas of the UK according to their figures:

Rank Postcode area Rate*
South Tulse Hill & Dulwich SE21 61.2
Clayhall IG5 57.5
Redbridge IG4 56.7
Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Aldborough Hatch IG2 53.5
Whetstone district N20 49.5
Heston, Cranford (north), Osterley (west) TW5 49.2
Hadley Wood, Cockfosters, East Barnet, New Barnet EN4 48.6
New Southgate district N11 48.1
Barkingside, Hainault (south) IG6 46.7
Teddington TW11 46.6
West Bromwich B70 45.5
North Kensington district W10 44.9
Herne Hill & North Tulse Hill SE24 44.4
Mortlake district SW14 44.1
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Barlow Moor M21 44
Hawksworth, Kirkstall LS5 43.5
Seven Kings, Goodmayes IG3 43.1
Stanmore, Queensbury, Belmont HA7 42.6
Hornchuch, Emerson Park, Ardleigh Green RM11 42.3
Olney MK46 42.2

And the top 20 least burgled:

Rank Postcode area Rate*
Harbury CV33 0.7
Derry, Cityside, Ballynagard, Coshquin, Rosemount, The Collon, Culmore BT48 0.9
Bishopston, Blackpill, Caswell, Clyne, Langland, Mumbles, Oystermouth, Southgate, South Gower, West Cross SA3 1.1
Badger Farm, Fulflood, Hursley, Littleton and Harestock, Olivers Battery, Pitt, St Cross (W), Stanmore, Weeke SO22 1.1
Armesbury & Durrington SP4 1.2
Bolton, Blackrod, Horwich, Lostock, Rivington BL6 1.3
Wallingford, Berinsfield, Cholsey, Dorchester OX10 1.3
Montrose DD10 1.4
Shirebrook, Market Warsop NG20 1.4
Cockermouth, Lorton & Buttermere CA13 1.5
Westley IP33 1.5
Aberystwyth, Llanbadarn Fawr, Penparcau SY23 1.5
Ferryhill, Chilton, Conforth & Bishop Middleham DL17 1.6
Barnstaple EX32 1.6
Wymondham NR18 1.6
Dorchester DT2 1.7
Sherborne DT9 1.7
Dalrymple, Hollybush, Coylton, Patna, Dalmellington, Bellsbank, Waterside, Rankinston, Drongan Mossblown, Annbank KA6 1.7
Lochgelly KY5 1.7
Abercraf, Cefnbrynbrain, Cwmllynfell, Cwmtwrch, Lower Cwmtwrch, Rhiwfawr, Upper Cwmtwrch, Ystalyfera, Ystradgynlais, Ystradowen SA9 1.7