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Huntingdonshire has been revealed as the safest place to live in Cambridgeshire, with just 1.45 burglaries reported per 1,000 people last year.

That’s according to the latest study by Confused.com.

The research analyses burglary data provided by police forces across the UK between 2017 and 2021 to identify the safest cities to live across the UK.

Burglar breaks into a residential building. Photo: Stock image.
Burglar breaks into a residential building. Photo: Stock image.

Fenland was ranked as the third safest of the districts in Cambridgeshire with 1.72 burglaries per 1,000 people last year.

Overall the rate of burglaries in the county has dropped by 20.44 per cent each year on average since 2017. Huntingdonshire saw half as many break-ins as Cambridge, which had 2.85 per 1,000 marginally lower than Peterborough which had 2.87 per 1,000 people last year.

East Cambridgeshire was the second safest area in Cambridgeshire, with just 1.52 thefts per 1,000 people. Burglary rates in East Cambridgeshire have dropped almost a quarter (22.15 per cent) on average each year since 2017, the highest drop of all Cambridgeshire areas analysed.

Burglar breaking in during the day in a residential area. Photo: Stock image.
Burglar breaking in during the day in a residential area. Photo: Stock image.

Fenland had the second-lowest drop in thefts year-on-year since 2017 (15.09 per cent), and the area saw 40 per cent fewer thefts than Peterborough, which was ranked bottom of the county's areas.

Having said that Peterborough has seen a drop in burglaries of 13.75 per cent on average each year but that figure was the lowest drop of all Cambridgeshire areas analysed. However, Peterborough still saw three per cent fewer thefts than Bedford (2.97 per 1,000) and four per cent fewer thefts than Norwich (3.00).

In the overall national rankings listed by Confused.com - which went down to Middlesborough in 353rd place which had 7.86 burglaries per 1,000 people - King's Lynn and West Norfolk was the safest place to live ranking 66th, Huntingdonshire was 82nd, East Cambridgeshire 89th, Fenland 118th and South Holland 120th.

Property owners in Scotland are least likely to experience a burglary

East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, is the safest region in the UK to live in, with just 0.44 burglaries reported per 1,000 people in 2021. The rate of burglaries in the region has dropped by 26.94 per cent each year, on average, since 2017. This is the second biggest average annual decrease in reported burglaries in the study, second only to Folkestone and Hythe (27.52 per cent decrease).

East Dunbartonshire was followed by four more Scottish regions, Highland (0.47 burglaries per 1,000 people), Aberdeenshire (0.50), Stirling (0.56) and Argyll and Bute (0.58).

Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at Confused.com said: “Although burglary rates seem to be dropping year on year, it’s still as important to make sure your home is safe. Security cameras and burglary alarms aren’t only a great deterrent from potential thieves but having them could reduce your home insurance prices.

“Our guide to protecting your home from burglars outlines some of the most effective ways of keeping your house safe. This includes some simple changes, such as investing in smart home security. Nowadays, technology has advanced to give us cheap, easy to instal smart home devices such as doorbells and automated lights. These let you know who’s outside without you needing to go near the door.”



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