Having someone enter your house and take your stuff is a scary thought. But these UK burglary statistics show it’s more common than you might think – and the consequences are devastating.

UK Burglary Statistics

  1. A burglary occurs somewhere in the UK every 106 seconds. (The Eco Experts)
  2. Every day, theft happens in 817 houses in the UK. (The Eco Experts)
  3. 63% of all crime is burglaries if you exclude fraud. (ONS)
  4. Unfortunately, 95% of burglaries remain unsolved in the UK. (The Eco Experts)
  5. Only 3.1% of arrested burglars end up convicted of a crime. (The Eco Experts)
  6. Overall, only 14 arrests are made for every 100 burglaries. (BBC)
  7. 46% of adults in England and Wales were victims of domestic burglary in 2021/22. (ONS)
  8. The age group most affected by burglary are the 16-24year-olds. (The Eco Experts)
  9. In 2021/22, there were 266,283 burglaries in England and Wales. (Statista)
  10. Burglaries have gone down consistently for the past decade; in 2002/03, there were 890,899 burglaries in England and Wales. (Statista)

The Burglar Tactics

  1. 1% of burglaries happen when someone is on the property. (NimbleFins)
  2. Perhaps surprisingly, 38.1% of burglaries take place during the day. (ONS)
  3. Midnight to 6 am is a popular time for a burglary; 25.8% of instances happen during this time. (ONS)
  4. Criminals don’t always plan their actions, and 47% of burglaries are a spur of the moment event. (SafeStyle)
  5. 43% of burglars know the person they are robbing. (The Eco Experts)
  6. 7% of burglars enter properties through the front door, one-third through the back door, and around 7% have burglars enter through a window at the side of the house. (NimbleFins)
  7. Semi-detached homes are the most commonly targeted property by burglars. (MoneySuperMarket)

The Cost of Burglary

  1. The average total cost of burglary sits at £3,030, with the average value of stolen items amounting to £1,400. (Home Office)
  2. The median cost, the middle point, is lower at £600 per household. (NimbleFins)
  3. In terms of stolen value, London’s burglaries amount to £181 million worth of stolen goods. (ONS)
  4. In 40.2% of residential burglaries, the stolen items related to money, including wallets, purses, cash and credit cards. (NimbleFins)
  5. On average, repairing damaged property can cost anything from £100 to £5,000. (NimbleFins)
  6. Out of those who’ve came face to face with a burglar, 48% were threatened with violence, and 27% said violence was used during the burglary. (NimbleFins)
  7. 5% of burglary victims report the incident emotionally affected them. (NimbleFins)
  8. One-third of victims had difficulty sleeping afterwards. (NimbleFins)

Burglary Hotspots

  1. The risk of residential burglary is highest in West Yorkshire at 0.83%. (ONS)
  2. Out of the biggest cities, the Great Manchester area has the most burglaries in the UK, with 15.9 per 1,000 households. (NimbleFins)
  3. London has fewer but still 14.8 per 1,000 households. (NimbleFins)
  4. Devon and Cornwall have the fewest with only 2.8 per 1,000 households. (NimbleFins)
  5. South West England is the safest in burglary figures, as 5.7 burglaries occur per 1,000 households. (NimbleFins)
  6. Rural areas, in general, tend to be safer, with only 2.9 burglaries per 1,000 households. (GOV.UK)

Protecting from Burglaries

  1. An average burglary takes less than 10 minutes. (The Eco Experts)
  2. 63% of burglaries happen in households without a basic security system. (The Eco Expert)
  3. 1 out of 7 burglaries occurs through an unlocked door. (NimbleFins)
  4. 32% of British household report having a burglar alarm, and 40% have a security camera. (The Eco Experts)
  5. One survey found that 20% of burglary victims don’t report the crime; 59% believed the police wouldn’t take action, and 16% felt the police couldn’t do anything. (Property Reporter)
  6. However, the police did visit 58% of those who reported, 31% in the first hour, and 13% got a phone call. (Property Reporter)