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70 percent of Britain's burglary hot spots are in London or Essex - find out if your postcode is one of them

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Seven of the top ten places in Britain to be burgled are in London and Essex, according to new research.

Residents in Dagenham’s RM8 postcode were found to have the most burgulary insurance claims with with 55 out of every 1,000 home insurance quotes making a claim with an average payout of £5,117 in the last year.

Gants Hill came second with 54.9 claims and slightly higher average payout of £6,581.

Those living in and around the capital are most likely to suffer break-ins according to the study. Credit: PA

The study by price comparison site MoneySuperMarket also found 14 of the 20 most burgled postcodes were around Greater London.

The following areas all featured in the top ten:

Our annual Burglary Claims Tracker reveals the nation's burglary claim hotspots, and once again London and Greater London postcodes dominate.

Burglars often target urban areas where there's more hustle and bustle and so less risk of being caught.

– KEVIN PRATT, MONEYSUPERMARKET

The following areas all featured in the top ten:

  • RM8 - Dagenham
  • IG2 - Gants Hill
  • E18, Woodford
  • RM11 - Romford
  • TW11 - Teddington
  • EN4 - Hadley Wood
  • IG3 - Hainault

In a statement Barking and Dagenham Council have said they have seen a reduction of 18 percent in the number or burglaries.

Barking and Dagenham is a safe place to live and work in and there has been a significant decrease in Residential Burglaries in the past 12 months. This is a result of targeted operations by the Council and Police across the borough to address this issue. Tackling crime continues to be a priority for the Council and the Police and we will continue to promote a safe and welcoming borough.

– Cllr Laila Butt, Cabinet Member for Crime and Enforcement