'Burglary hotspot' break-ins down
Burglaries in Dagenham fell by more than a quarter last year, police have said, following claims that Britain's worst break-in hotspot is in the east London suburb.
The RM8 postcode including Dagenham, Becontree and Becontree Heath had the highest rate of burglary insurance claims, according to analysis published yesterday.
But Scotland Yard said that break-ins were falling in the area.
A spokesman said: "We are aware of media reports stating that parts of Dagenham are the worst place for burglaries in London.
"Local police work very closely with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to tackle this key partnership priority, reducing burglaries and targeting offenders.
"Over the past 12 months Dagenham has seen a 27% reduction in burglaries, down from 898 to 628 offences and is in line with a reduction in burglary across London.
"Across the whole borough of Barking and Dagenham there has been an 18% reduction in burglary, compared with a 13% reduction across all the London boroughs."
Superintendent Sean Wilson, of Barking and Dagenham Police, said: "I would like to reassure everyone that we are working very hard as a partnership to tackle burglary in the borough and will follow all leads to bring those offenders identified to justice."
The original research was carried out by price comparison site MoneySuperMarket.
It suggested that those living in and around the capital are most likely to suffer break-ins, with 14 of the top 20 postcodes for burglary insurance claims in London and Greater London.
South and West Yorkshire and Manchester also appeared in the highest risk postcodes.
Manchester's M21 postcode, on the outskirts of the city, slipped from top spot last year to third position in this year's top 20 burglary claims table.
Postcodes in rural Scotland's Dumfries (DG1) and Lochee (DD2), Felixstowe in Suffolk (IP11) and North Wales's university town of Bangor (LL57) are among the areas with the lowest proportion of burglary claims in the UK, according to the analysis.
Those living in the seaside resort of Bognor Regis (PO22) can also feel secure, with a rate of 1.63 per 1,000 and Northern Ireland's Londonderry (BT48), with just 1.36 per 1,000 insurance quotes showing a claim.
The top ten burglary claim hotspots, according to the report, are:
1. RM8 - Dagenham, Becontree, Becontree Heath, in Greater London
2. IG2 - Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Alborough Hatch, in Greater London
3. M21 - Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Barlow Moor, in Manchester
4. DN2 - Intake, Wheatley, Wheatley Hills, in South Yorkshire
5. E18 - Woodford and South Woodford, in London
6. RM11 - Hornchurch, Emerson Park, Ardleigh Green, in Greater London
7. TW11 - Teddington, Fulwell, Bushy Park, in Greater London
8. BD2 - Eccleshill, Five Lane Ends, parts of Undercliffe, Fagley, Wrose, Bolton Woods, Poplars Farm, Swain House, Ashbourne, in West Yorkshire
9. EN4 - Hadley Wood, Cockfosters, East Barnet, New Barnet, in Greater London
10. IG3 - Seven Kings, Goodmayes, Hainault, Chigwell, in Greater London