The Scottish city was named second safest, after Brighton, by 2,000 respondents to a recent survey commissioned by Safe.co.uk for National Home Security Month. But the research shows that properties in Edinburgh are actually 30 per cent most likely to have been burgled in the past five years, putting the city joint-second in the British break-in stakes with Birmingham. Homeowners in Leeds and Glasgow are most likely to have experienced a burglary since 2013 (both 32 per cent) .
The reality is in stark contrast to the cities the survey participants considered to be the most unsafe: Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Sunderland. None of these feature in the top five cities for burglaries.
Anthony Neary, Safe’s managing director, says what’s more concerning is that three-quarters of home buyers don’t research the break-in rates in their preferred area when house hunting, and that a burglary forces 15 per cent of owners to move, with a further 10 per cent planning to do so in the near future.
‘It is worrying that nearly three quarters of homeowners don’t check burglary rates before moving to a new area. It’s also surprising considering a quarter of burglary victims either move house or plan to move afterwards. Burglary rates are relatively easy to research and it could make all the difference when it comes to your own peace of mind,’ he said.
‘Installing home security significantly reduces your risk of becoming a victim of crime and as the nights get longer and darker, homeowners need to be prepared.’