The UK areas most at risk of break-ins this Christmas - how to protect your home

Man break-in Christmas tree

Experts shared tips to protect your home this Christmas

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 08/12/2023

- 07:00

Updated: 18/12/2023

- 14:21

Experts shared how to protect your home from burglars this winter

Burglaries tend to increase in the winter months, with darker days and the opportunity to steal what's under the Christmas tree.

Experts have shared the UK areas that experience the highest number of burglaries and what to do to help prevent this from happening.

A study created by insurance experts Howden Insurance looked at areas across England and Wales to pull its results.

The research was based on the number of break-ins per 100,000 residents in November and December over the last few years.

Christmas decorations

Burglaries can become more likely at Christmas time


Areas most at risk by police force

South Yorkshire Police

Cleveland Police

London - Metropolitan Police Service

West Yorkshire Police

Humberside Police

Lancashire Constabulary

Merseyside Police

Durham Constabulary

Northumbria Police

Leicestershire Police

Hampshire Constabulary

Nottinghamshire Police

Northamptonshire Police

Derbyshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Lincolnshire Police

Bedfordshire Police

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

West Mercia Police

South Yorkshire was found to have the most burglaries in November and December at 148.5 burglaries per 100,000 residents.

It had a total of 6,121 November and December burglaries between 2020-2022.

London was the area with the highest number of burglaries, at 29,124 during that period, but it worked out lower per 100,000. It had 110.5 burglaries per 100,000 people.

How can you protect your home?

The experts shared some ways to reduce the risk of being targeted, including installing security, securing doors and making use of timed lights.

Home security system

Experts said: "Consider installing a home security system if you don't have one already. This can include alarms, motion detectors, and security cameras."

Man breaking in

The darker days can make break-ins more likely


Secure doors and windows

The experts added: "Ensure all doors and windows are securely locked before leaving the house. Reinforce entry points with deadbolt locks and consider installing security bars or reinforcements if needed."

Timed lighting

They continued: "Use timers for lights both inside and outside your home. This gives the appearance that someone is home, deterring potential burglars.

"Smart plugs and bulbs can be programmed to simulate your usual daily routines."

Secure valuables

"Store valuable items, such as jewellery and important documents, in a secure and hidden location. Consider using a safe for added protection," the experts stated.

Social media caution

They said: "Be mindful of what you share on social media. Avoid posting specific travel plans or that your home will be unoccupied, as burglars may use this information to break into your home while you are away."

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