Edinburgh has been named as Scotland’s break-in hot spot, with five suburbs in the Capital topping the list for burglary insurance claims.
Granton on the Firth of Forth (EH5) has the highest rate of claims for housebreaking with 40 claims per 1000 quotas. Neighbouring Dean Village and Comely Bank (EH4) came second with 29.4 claims per 1000.
The report analysed almost two million home insurance quotes over the last two years to identify the postcodes with the highest and lowest rate of claims of theft of contents from the home over a five year period.
In Scotland, nine out of twenty postcodes most likely to have made a claim are in the capital city.
Glasgow followed closely behind with four postcodes in the top ten including Anniesland, Knightswood and Yoker (G13), Darnley, Pollok, Crookston and Nitshill (G53) and Broomhill, Partick and Partickhill (G11).
The report found that Scottish postcodes have significantly fewer housebreaking claims compared to England.
The postcode DD10 which covers Montrose, St Cyrus, Inverbervie, Hillside and Gourdon, had the fewest number of claims with 1.4 claims per 1000 policies. This was followed by Ayr’s Dalrymple (KA6).
The study was carried out by internet finance comparison site MoneySuperMarket.
Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Housebreakers have two thoughts uppermost in their minds: where am I most likely to find something worth stealing and where am I least likely to get caught?
“Our findings suggest housebreakers favour busy urban areas where strangers are unlikely to be spotted and it’s easy to make a quick getaway. But leafy suburbs are also heavily targeted, with housebreakers following the money to affluent areas.”
Top 20 Scottish postcodes with the highest number of contents claims on home insurance policies as measured by contents theft rate (per 1000):
1/ EH5 : Edinburgh. Granton on the Firth of Forth (coast to Ferry Road) - 40.4
2/ EH4: Edinburgh, Dean Village and Comely Bank, A90 corridor to Barnton and Cramond - 29.4
3/ EH14 : Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green - 28.9
4/ EH15: Portobello and Duddingston - 27.3
5/ EH9: Edinburgh city, Marchmont and Grange, Blackford, Minto Street, Causewayside -25.2
6/ G13 : Anniesland, Knightswood, Yoker -25.0
7/ EH12 : Edinburgh A8 corridor from Haymarket through Murrayfield and Corstorphine to the Gyle - 24.1
8/ G53: Darnley, Pollok, Crookston, Nitshill -22.8
9/ G11: Broomhill, Partick, Partickhill - 21.7
10/ EH13: Colinton and Oxgangs - 21.3
11/ G14: Whiteinch, Scotstoun - 21.3
12/ EH16; Liberton, Cameron Toll, Craigmillar and Niddrie - 21.1
13/ EH3; Edinburgh New Town, West End, Tollcross and Fountainbridge - 21.0
14/ G77: Newton Mearns - 20.4
15/ ML12: Biggar, Broughton, Symington, Wanlockhead - 19.7
16/ G41: Pollokshields, Shawlands -19.4
17/ EH10: Bruntsfield, Morningside and Fairmilehead (A702 corridor) - 19.1
18/ G46: Arden, Carnwadric, Deaconsbank, Giffnock, Kennishead, Thornliebank - 17.3
19/ KY13: Milnathort and Balado - 16.9
20/ KA7: Ayr South - 16.6