Burglaries fall for the first time in three years because of lockdown

Burglaries fall for the first time in three years because lockdown has made it harder to find empty homes to target, figures show Would-be burglars are finding it harder to break into homes as everyone is in Insurance claims for house burglaries fell for the first time in three years in 2020 Highest rate across country is B5 in Birmingham, followed by Romford's RM4 

By Liz Hull For Daily Mail

Published: 01:11 GMT, 14 January 2021 | Updated: 01:11 GMT, 14 January 2021

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Lockdown has been tough for everyone – even burglars who have found it harder to raid properties because so many more people are at home.

Figures show insurance claims for house burglaries fell for the first time in three years in 2020, with experts citing the pandemic as the reason.

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The highest burglary rate in the country is in the Birmingham postcode of B5. It topped the rankings for a second year in a row, with claims up 22 per cent on 2019.

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