Residential security is more critical in London than ever before. Thieves are taking advantage of a ‘perfect storm’ of major police cutbacks and a general rise in crime and terrorism. There is less chance of being caught and, as the prisons are over capacity, less chance of going to jail. Risk versus reward has shifted. So, burglary is now an attractive option for organised criminal gangs.
Burglary is the fastest growing crime nationwide, with criminals getting ever more sophisticated and violent in taking your possessions for their financial gain and greed.
The peak period for property theft is the festive season. Homes stocked with Christmas gifts and long nights give burglars the perfect opportunity to profit. Summertime is also an attractive period. With long warm days, people tend to leave their windows open or spend the day in the garden, neglecting their usual home security vigilance. Summer is also the peak holiday season. Curtains left closed with lights on or a build-up of the post and a notable absence of activity are sure-fire clues to a property ripe for the picking.
London is home to the most expensive properties in the UK, and the most expensive residential street.
These affluent areas are magnets to criminals who will travel great distances, even from across Europe on cheap flights, to target homes. They may also steal vehicles, often to order to be exported or stripped for parts.
Recently published figures show Belgravia and Knightsbridge in the City of Westminster as home to 8 of the top 10 most expensive streets. The other two are close by in Kensington and Chelsea.
Kensington Palace Gardens in west London topped the list, with the average property on the exclusive street costing a whopping £35,696,000!
Grosvenor Crescent is the second most expensive residential street in England and Wales says the latest research from Lloyds Bank. To acquire a typical Grade II listed house on Grosvenor Crescent will cost an average of £21,984,000.
All of the top ten most expensive streets in the UK are in London.
Furthermore, the vast majority of £1m-plus streets, 94.2 per cent, are located in southern England (Zoopla). Of the 14,417 total £1m-plus streets in Britain, 5,899 are in Greater London.
So, it is no wonder that there were 69,501 burglaries in London last year, 43,409 of those at residential addresses.
Criminals target the more affluent residential areas in London, and the Home Counties with the hope of an easy payday.
Sadly we have seen a sharp increase in enquiries for residential security services or mobile security patrols in London and the Home Counties.
Westminster Security provides residential security guards for homes and estates in London, throughout the UK, and Worldwide.