Birmingham ‘second worst’ city for burglaries in England
Written by Tristan Harris on November 13, 2018
NEW research shows Birmingham is not just the Second City in name, but also the second worst for burglaries.
The figures from Anglian Home Improvements say for every 1,000 residents in Birmingham almost 15 fall victim to the crime.
London was first with 30 burglaries per 1,000 people, Liverpool was third, Bristol was fourth and Manchester was fifth.
The company warns its research also shows burglars take just over a minute to decide whether a property is worth burgling by assessing its security flaws.
The firm worked with reformed criminal and now security expert Richard Taylor to assess homes using state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology.
Burglars take just over a minute to assess whether a property is worth targeting or not.
Among the aspects they consider are doors and windows and their locks, potential escape routes, outdated security alarms and whether letters are in the letterbox which suggests owners were on holiday.
Liza Wrigley, Digital Marketing Manager at Anglian Home Improvements, said: “While it takes a burglar less than a minute to decide whether to break into a property, the good news is that there are many simple ways to improve the security of your home.”
Liza suggests alarms are always installed, that doors and windows have adequate locks and that bins are not left near escape routes.
She added people should always ask a family, friend or neighbour to pop by when they are on holiday on holiday to check on your home.
“It was great to work with Richard in the video, as he has pointed out security flaws that many of us would not have realised.
“We hope that our video inspires people to look at their homes in a different way and think about the other ways in which we can keep our homes secure.”
Anglian Home Improvements’ research was based on statistics from police.uk.