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Burglar Bill in Blackheath?

According to a slightly spurious press release yesterday, Blackheath came highest in a list of London postcodes for home insurance theft claims.

Across the UK, Chorlton in Manchester came first, followed by Blackheath, then Hammersmith.

Greater London has 10 of the 20 worst postcodes in the country.
Local councillors have called the survey “unfair, broadbrushed and misleading”.
The survey analysed more than 1.1 million insurance inquiries on the site last year.
It found 8.65% of homes in Chorlton claimed for theft or burglary.
It also found Blackheath, SE3, and Hammersmith, W6, as the most at-risk postcodes in London for theft-related insurance claims, with 8.17% and 8.06% respectively.

BBC News

The survey covered request for home insurance quotes on moneysupermarket.com which sounds slightly iffy to me… How can a quote be used as a test as to whether a valid claim was made for a theft? These aren’t crime statistics.

I should reveal that before living in Blackheath, Mr & Mrs Bugle lived in Hammersmith, near a strip club. Never had any trouble there, possibly due to the high proportion of bouncers, but it certainly felt less safe than Blackheath.

On the whole, this story is great news. If it encourages people to avoid moving to Blackheath, on the basis that it is a terrible place to live, then that leaves more space on the lovely heath (and the trains) for the rest of us!

So, here’s the question – does Blackheath really qualify as the most burglar-ridden area in the UK? Or is it just that people in Blackheath are organised enough (and can afford) to sort out their home insurance?

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Burglary in Blackheath

Bortusk Criminal Swag by flickr user Bixentro
Warren writes:

Last Wednesday I had a break in at home in Mycenae Road and all my camera equipment was stolen. It is Nikon professional equipment and is my working gear. I was hoping you may be able to spread the news in the hope someone comes across it and also to warn people in the Westcombe Park area that this is happening quite a bit. We have a downstairs flat and access was through a window at the front which is concealed from the road. Through the glaziers and the police I have been informed of two other such break-ins in the last couple of weeks. It is the holiday period and this happened during the day.

I have had police and forensics around but no prints were detected. A theory of a neighbour is that Wescombe Park station is used as a mode of escape as it is so near. I am going to contact Network Rail to see if they can scan their CCTV for the few hours I was gone last Wednesday. I am also in the process of contacting all the local camera shops and Cash Converters with the missing gear and serial numbers.

Photo by flickr user Bixentro of artwork by Bortusk Leer (nowhere near Blackheath).

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