Combining online statistics and sales figures from a twelve-month period, our research reveals some surprising information.

Cardiff is Britain’s least security-conscious town or city. The CF postcode ranked lowest for purchasing home and CCTV systems of all towns and cities in the survey. (Cardiff ranks 21st out of 104 for burglary by Is this disparity between problem and solution because residents (and businesses) don’t recognise the merits of security technology? Have people simply given in and accepted that property crime is inevitable?


Bicycle security

For bicycle crime, Cardiff ranks 31st out of 104 postcode areas with 1.6K crimes committed in the twelve months up to December 2019. (A drop of 6.4% on the previous year).

January, May and June are the most ‘popular’ months for burglary in Cardiff. February and December were the quietest months for the crime. Bicycle thefts in Cardiff were highest in July, while December was the quietest month.

Ebuyer’s Andy Roberts, Director of E-Commerce, says that people are now generally more aware of home security options. “New tech is constantly being launched in the security sector which has been designed for easy  operation and maintenance.  It was also much more expensive than it is now.”


Security on Merseyside

Liverpool (ranked 13th highest place for overall crime in the UK) is the most safety conscious city when it comes to CCTV and home security. The ‘L’ postcode has the most sales to protect residential homes per head of population over a 12-month period. One resident said, “Even if the police don’t get around to properly investigating a break in, having home security acts as a deterrent, and the criminals will always go for the easy option and go to a house with no CCTV or security.”

Liverpool ranked 37 out of 104 for highest number of burglaries in the UK, 6.0K burglaries were committed in the 12 months up to December 2019. Liverpool ranks 34 for bicycle crime theft and number 1 for drugs crime.

The Manchester scene

Manchester was second most safety-conscious place to live from a list of 17 major towns and cities. Greater Manchester had 13.9K burglaries committed between January and December 2019 from a population of 2.8 million. It also had 1.8K bicycle thefts, and 3.5K robberies.

Greater Manchester ranks 26th lowest crime-rate out of 55 counties for burglaries – a change of -53.8 from the previous year (2017 – 18)

home security

Birmingham came in as second least security-conscious, with Southampton third. See the full list at the bottom of this release. Southampton ranks at 35 out of 104 postcode areas in the UK for most burglaries.

Derby, which came fourth in the list, currently ranks 47th out of the 104 postcode areas for burglaries, with 4.2K burglaries committed in the twelve months up to December 2019.

One of the most interesting finds was that Birmingham was the second least safety-conscious place for home security, despite ranking number one in the crime league outside of London. It ranks 19th for highest number of burglaries out of 104 postcode areas.

The security-conscious league table

Ebuyer studied 17 major towns and cities (excluding London).

Results (from LEAST-TO-MOST security conscious).

  1. Cardiff
  2. Birmingham
  3. Southampton
  4. Derby
  5. Edinburgh
  6. Sunderland
  7. Leeds
  8. Leicester
  9. Reading
  10. Huddersfield
  11. York
  12. Nottingham
  13. Glasgow
  14. Newcastle
  15. Ipswich
  16. Manchester
  17. Liverpool

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