Official national crime mapping statistics showed there were 1,567 burglaries in areas including Uxbridge, Harefield, Ruislip, Eastcote, Ickenham, Hayes, Yeading and Northwood from March 2016 to February 2017. There were the latest figures available when the analysis was carried out.
There were 905 burglaries in the second half of that period, compared with 662 in the first half. The latter segment included the winter months, which are traditionally the worst for this type of crime.
December had the highest number of burglaries with 208, while January was second with 169.
All stats and graphs displayed credited to national crime mapping website Police.UK
Over the same 12 month time frame, the statistics showed there were:
- 103 burglaries in South Ruislip
- 90 in West Ruislip
- 122 in Eastcote and East Ruislip
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Burglaries accounted for 8.22% of the total crimes recorded by police during the same 12 month period, with anti-social behaviour being the highest at 26.40%.
Violence and sexual offences amounted to 21.38%.
Rob Bryan, Hillingdon Temporary Chief Inspector gave Hillingdon is Here a statement regarding the figures.
He said: “Burglary has seen an upwards trend in the last months but this needs to be taken in context over the longer term.
“There are fewer burglaries in London right now than there were 5-years ago.
“We will continue to focus our resources on catching and convicting offenders, details of which we regularly post to our Twitter or Facebook pages.
“We have a dedicated Burglary Squad whose sole focus is sending these crooks to prison. Our Fugitives Team also bring to justice those criminals who don’t want to attend court or breach their probation.”
As for prevention, he said: “I would ask everyone to consider their own home security to make sure they are as safe as they can be. Always double lock UPVC doors.
“As the days get hotter don’t leave windows open when you are out. Use timer switches to keep a light or two on of an evening.
“Importantly, if you see someone acting suspiciously, always call it in. Better to be safe than sorry.”
Ch Insp Bryan also recently explained that residents should expect to see a rise in burglary statistics in forthcoming releases due to the fact that the way they are recorded is changing.
He told Hillingdon is Here: “From April, classification for this crime changed. Previously, a residential burglary meant a home being broken into. Now, it includes sheds, garages and outhouses.
“These were previously recorded as non-dwelling burglaries. So expect to see a 13% increase in this area – not because of extra break-ins, but because of a change of how we add up!”