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Lawless Britain: Greater Manchester Is The Burglary Hotspot, But The Value Of Items Stolen In Greater London Is Six Times Higher

We've created infographic following a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests made by us into burglaries around the UK, looking at the total number of burglaries, the estimated value of the stolen items and what the most commonly stolen items were throughout 2018. This request for information found that Greater Manchester was Britain’s burglary hotspot.

Research we've undertaken revealed the number of burglaries that took place in a number of constituencies throughout 2018, as well as the total estimated value and the top items most commonly stolen. All stats were acquired through a request for information under the Freedom of Information act 2000 made to relevant constabularies around Britain.

Throughout 2018, it was found that there were 248,695 burglaries throughout just 12 constituencies within the UK. The majority of these came from the Greater Manchester area, where 64,550 burglaries were carried out in 2018, with the stolen items estimated to be worth £32,799,909.86 (data provided by just 13 constabularies).

Following the response from a number of FOI requests that were sent out, the team created an infographic that depicts a map of Britain and the response from each constabulary that responded with regards to all reported 2018 burglaries in the area.

The number of burglaries reported across the UK for each constituency in 2018 was found to be:

  1. Greater Manchester – 64,550
  2. Greater London (excluding the City of London) – 59,740
  3. West Yorkshire – 26,313
  4. West Midlands – 22,086
  5. South Yorkshire – 14,096
  6. Merseyside – 9,066
  7. Northumbria – 9,054
  8. Humberside – 5,982
  9. Surrey – 5,928
  10. Gwent – 3,595

While the total value of stolen items was found to be £32,799,909.86 in Greater Manchester, the MET Police reported a higher value of stolen items, estimated to be worth £204,285,688.90.

What’s more, the most commonly stolen item was revealed by each constabulary to be:

  • Avon and Somerset – Jewellery
  • Greater Manchester – Door
  • Greater London (excluding the City of London) – Money
  • Gwent – Machinery or tools
  • Humberside – Money
  • Merseyside – Jewellery
  • Northumbria – Cash
  • North Wales – Miscellaneous items
  • South Yorkshire – Watches
  • Surrey – Jewellery
  • West Midlands – Vehicles
  • West Yorkshire – Jewellery


Lucy Askew, a spokesperson for, commented:

Home security is an important part of a happy home life; we all want to feel safe in our homes. It is a little bit alarming that across the UK the number of burglaries are so high, more so in some areas than others, but what is surprising is that Greater Manchester saw more burglaries than London – not what we expected at all. With that said, it is no surprise that the smaller constituencies, which are more likely to have tight-knit communities, have less burglaries take place in their area. But in begs the question – why are people stealing doors?