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City is one of the safest places to be

PUBLISHED: 15:52 14 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:41 03 July 2010

NORWICH has been named as the second safest city in the country for household thefts after Norfolk police revealed a significant drop in burglaries.

A report published by Endsleigh Insurance Services analysed burglary claims made by policyholders over the last four years.

NORWICH has been named as the second safest city in the country for household thefts after Norfolk police revealed a significant drop in burglaries.

A report published by Endsleigh Insurance Services analysed burglary claims made by policyholders over the last four years. Norwich had the second lowest rate behind Preston in Lancashire.

Ipswich came third while London, Nottingham, Bristol and Cambridge were among the worst.

Norfolk police have recently highlighted the decline in burglaries over the last four years, falling from 1,885 in 2005/6 to 1,593 last year. According to the force, the average county resident would have their house burgled just once in 250 years.

Chief Supt Julian Blazeby said: “Norfolk is an extremely safe place to live and your chances of being burgled still remain extremely low but you should look at your home through a burglar's eyes. Don't become an easy target.

“Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves. The summer months can bring with them thieves on the look out for lapses in security - such as doors and windows left open or property left on display at beauty spot car parks. People are advised to be aware and make use of simple crime prevention methods which deprive thieves of the opportunity to steal.

“We will ensure victims of burglary have access to accurate advice at the earliest opportunity to reassure them and so they do not become repeat victims. We will also be issuing security advice to the neighbours of burglary victims.

“In two out of ten burglaries offenders do not even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window. Carry out a check of your home.”

Endsleigh spokesman Rhiannon Harris said: “Burglary rates have spiked recently and according to the government that could be as a result of the economic recession we are experiencing. It is, therefore, more vital than ever that homeowners take extra care when leaving their property for any period of time.”

“The fact remains however that some towns and cities represent a greater risk than others and as our Homes Report shows, every householder in the country needs to be aware of the risks of burglary.

“Obviously this is great news for residents of Norwich and is a measure of the successful programmes initiated by the local police and community groups to ensure household security in the area.

“Domestic burglary figures may have dropped substantially over the past decade but this period of economic gloom means there is no room for complacency when it comes to protecting your home.”


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