Cardiff has come top in the research which reveals Britain’s least security-conscious towns or cities. 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 don’t recognise the merit of home security technology? Have residents simply given in and accept that property crime is inevitable?

Birmingham came in second 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, who 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.

The category of “antisocial behaviour crime” is the highest-ranking crime category when category crime rate is compared to the national average. “Antisocial behaviour crime” rate is at 146% of national crime rate which puts Derby on 10. position out of 104 England’s and Wales’ postcode areas in this crime category. “Antisocial behaviour crime” makes up 28.9% of all crimes committed in the area. The total number of “antisocial behaviour crime” is 23.6k cases and has decreased by 8.2% when compared year-over-year in the period of January 2019 – 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.

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.”

Manchester was also a highly safety conscious place to live, coming in second in the research. Astonishingly, Manchester has an approximately 600% more burglaries than Liverpool. Manchester has approximately 30,000 each year in the ‘M’ postcode area from a population of 1,167,000. Liverpool has approximately 9,000 from a population of approximately 860,000. One frustrated Manchester respondent said, “As the police virtually never arrest anyone for burglary around here, we have to do everything we can ourselves. Crime pays in Manchester.”

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 installation and operation. In the past, this sort of tech had the reputation of being difficult to install so you need a specialist. That’s not the case now. It was also much more expensive than it is now.”


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


    12. Nottingham

    13. Glasgow

    14. Newcastle

    15. Ipswich

    16. Manchester

    17. Liverpool

*Crime league table rankings provided by, and (Manchester was not included in the figures due to technical reporting issues by the police). Scotland also not included. 30,000+ Home security sales were included in the figures, along with a social media survey.

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*Established in 1999, Ebuyer is a specialist online retailer of electronics and technology. It is based in Howden, East Yorkshire, and stocks over 40,000 products on its website ( Ebuyer fulfils over 20,000 customer orders per week.