Edinburgh’s burglary hotspots revealed

Edinburgh has three of Scotland's worst areas for break-ins. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Edinburgh has three of Scotland's worst areas for break-ins. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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HOMES in three city areas are among the most burgled in Scotland, a new report has revealed.

Data showing insurance claims for thefts from homes and gardens found that the EH16 area – encompassing Liberton, Cameron Toll, Craigmillar and Niddrie – saw the second highest rate across the whole country. Only the KA6 postcode, in the Ayr area, reported a higher figure.

The EH9 area, taking in Edinburgh city, Marchmont and Grange and Blackford, came sixth on the list, while homes with an EH6 postcode – Leith and Newhaven – had the eighth highest rate.
The rest of the list was made up with Glasgow addresses.

No Lothian areas featured on a list of ten postcode districts least likely to claim for theft on their home insurance.

Kevin Pratt, home insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, which compiled the data, said: “There are clearly claim hotspots around the country with a higher proportion of insurance claims for burglary than others. However, this doesn’t actually mean the area is a less pleasant place to live.

“Thieves often target areas with wealthy residents, or quieter areas where there’s not much passing foot traffic, where the rewards are potentially greater and they believe the risk of being caught in the act may be lower. In the last year, the KA6 postcode has taken the top spot for burglary insurance claims in Scotland.”

The data revealed that householders in the worst-hit areas of England were far more likely to make claims than Scots.

The Manchester postcode district M21, which is the most at-risk area south of the border, saw 42.5 claims per 1000 people, compared to just 17 in the East Ayrshire KA6 postcode.

No city postcodes featured on the top 20 worst areas for burglary, UK-wide. However, four Scottish postcodes did feature on the list of the top-20 least likely to make a claim across Britain.

On average, those living in the higher-risk postcodes pay 4.6 per cent above the national average for home insurance.

daniel.sanderson@edinburghnews.com