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Survey shows Crouch End is crime hotspot

PUBLISHED: 13:32 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 07 September 2010

CROUCH End residents are among the most likely in the UK to be burgled, according to new research. Analysis of insurance claims, released by price comparison website moneysupermarket.com, shows the N8 postcode is the 11th highest area in Britain when it c

CROUCH End residents are among the most likely in the UK to be burgled, according to new research.

Analysis of insurance claims, released by price comparison website moneysupermarket.com, shows the N8 postcode is the 11th highest area in Britain when it comes to claiming for theft or burglary.

And according to police statistics, the borough of Haringey has the second highest domestic burglary figures in London. In the last 12 months, there have been 2,891 domestic burglaries - a three per cent increase on the previous year.

Almost two per cent of the population in Crouch End have been burgled, above the London average of 1.3 per cent.

Gerald Azzopardi has been burgled four times in the 30 years he has lived in Oakfield Court. He said: "The figures are not very reassuring. Maybe there should be more police out on the streets."

Sue Hessel, chairwoman of the Haslemere Road residents' association, said: "I'm very surprised. If this is the case, we need more police presence. The police should take this seriously.

"I'm shocked because I feel very safe in Crouch End. We have a strong community and we look out for each other here.

"People in Crouch End are very conscientious about always reporting crime to the police so the statistics may reflect that. I still think Crouch End is a lovely place to live."

Nicola Bates, deputy chairman of Hornsey and Wood Green Conservatives and a Crouch End resident, said: "Crouch End is a wonderful place to live, but crime rates have been rising.

"The fact that Crouch End residents face the 11th worst burglary rate in the UK is yet another statistic which goes to show the area is becoming more crime ridden."

Crouch End councillor and Lib Dem safer communities boss Ron Aitkin said: "This research indicates that the police in Haringey and particularly the Safer Neighbourhood Team in Crouch End have been right to prioritise burglary hotspots such as Crouch End.

"However, because of government targets and paperwork they are not always able to be out when the burglars are out."

Police claim they are patrolling the area effectively and have made two arrests in the last week alone.

Last Wednesday, 38-year-old Dennis Humphrey was charged with an attempted burglary in Greig Close and on Sunday police arrested two teenage boys on suspicion of burglary in Crouch End.

Burglary Squad Detective Inspector Sheila Stewart said: "Hornsey and Crouch End wards have seen a 10 per cent reduction in burglaries since April 2008, but we are not complacent.

"Burglary continues to be a borough priority and we aim to continue to reduce the number being committed by proactive patrols and intelligence-led arrests."

On Tuesday the government also awarded £650,000 to tackle youth crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The cash will be spent on helping 10 to 19-year-olds at risk of falling into robbery or drug-related offences.

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