The most likely places for home burglaries in the city have been revealed.

Research of insurance claims for home burglaries found that those living in the BN3 postcode area - Hangleton and West Blatchington - have the highest probability of being burgled with almost 22 reports per 1,000 households.

The figures equate to households having a two per cent chance of being stolen from, the highest in the city.

Comparatively, those living in the BN1 postcode area also had a higher chance of being burgled with 21.67 reports per 1,000 homes.

The least likely postcode to be burgled in is in BN41 in Fishergate and Portslade.

Further afield, the BN23 postcode in Eastbourne was ranked as the least likely place to be burgled nationally with only a 0.066 per cent chance of being burgled.


The research by MoneySuperMarket also provided national rankings with BN3 as the 280th worst postcode for burglaries in the country, putting it in the top ten per cent nationally.

David McDermottroe, home insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket said: “After a prolonged period of lockdowns and covid restrictions last year saw us getting back to the office, travel opening up, and more socialising with friends.

“Unfortunately, the extra time spent away from our homes provided burglars with more opportunities. In fact, our research found that burglary claims last year were 106% higher than those recorded in 2020, rising from 7.79 to 16.01 per 1,000 quotes.

“While it’s not a surprise to see the list of burglary hotspots dominated by large cities, it is interesting to learn that a large proportion of people in rural areas aren’t protecting their homes with a burglar alarm.”

Postcodes in London, Solihull and Stockport were among those where burglaries were most likely while rural postcodes in Cambridgeshire and Cumbria were among the safest.

Data from the study covers claims from 2020 to 2022.

MoneySuperMarket also provided advice for preventing burglaries including investing in locks and marking possessions with UV security pen.

Other ideas included having an alarm installed and keeping valuables, including car keys, away from windows and out of site.