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Top 10 burglary hotspots
  • Ed Miliband is pictured in Ilford, on the outskirts of this troubled area.

    Burglary is a top policing priority for IG3 - which also has related issues with drug use and anti-social behaviour.

    Opportunistic crime has been identified as a particular threat, and police are hoping to reduce the number of offences largely by getting people to improve security and reduce the number of opportunities.

  • Cockfosters has changed a bit since this 1950s photo. Nowadays burglary is such a problem that local police have made this their top priority .

    They are aware that a number of known offenders continue to operate in the area, and that opportunistic crime is rife. As a result they have beefed up patrols.

  • This part of West Yorkshire, on the outskirts of Bradford, seems quiet, but has seen an unusual number of burglaries.

    Police insist that the number of burglaries in the area is falling, but add that a few prolific burglars in the past have affected the figures.

  • Distraction burglaries are a particular problem here, where homeowners are targeted by criminals who talk their way into a property, and then distract the homeowner while they steal valuable belongings. The victims in these cases tend to be elderly and vulnerable.
  • This is another busy postcode in East London, with a high turnover of residents, making it easy for burglars to operate.

    It is among Britain's less affluent areas, with problems with street crime and anti-social behaviour, and opportunistic burglars are known to operate locally.

  • Burglary has recently been identified as a priority crime in this part of Doncaster, along with spots of anti social behaviour and problems linked with drug use.

    The police are working to encourage better security measures to combat professional burglaries targeting the most vulnerable homes.

  • This is a very diverse area, with the posher streets proving rich pickings for career burglars. The postcode area is also home to some areas of real deprivation, and within one of the estates in particular there is a real problem with crime.

    It's also on the doorstep of Stretford - where Katie Price once tried her hand at politics

  • The former home of West Ham's Bobby Moore (pictured moving in) is another high placing on this list for East London.

    It’s a busy area, with a reasonably high turnover of residents, making it easy for burglars to pass undetected.

    One recent trend has been the targeting of Asian families for their family jewellery. Police are now suggesting that anyone with valuables like this at home should invest in a home safe - and improve the overall security of their property

  • East of London, and home to the famous Ford plant, is the nation’s overall burglary claim hotspot.

    Theft has been a long-term problem in the area, and police say it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly why. They suggest a number of career criminals, ineffective security, and people storing valuables at home could be contributory factors.