NEW data has revealed the BA7 postcode is among the UK's most likely postcodes to be burgled.

The area includes Somerset towns and villages Castle Cary, Ansford, Hadspen, Lovington, Alford, and Welham.

A recent study analysed over 7 million home insurance quotes from MoneySuperMarket Home Insurance customers to find the UK postcodes with the highest and lowest rates of burglary claims since 2020.

Out of the 2,377 UK postcode areas, the BA7 postcode ranked 80th in burglary claims, putting it in the top three percent of areas most likely to experience a burglary.

Statistics show that homeowners in the area have a 3.166% chance of being burgled.

Out of the 30 nearest postcode areas, which include areas of Bristol such as Bedminster and Bower Ashton, as well as Somerset towns Shepton Mallet, Yeovil, and Glastonbury; Castle Cary is the most likely place to experience a burglary.

An average of 31.66 insurance claims per 1,000 homes means those with postcodes beginning with BA7 are living in a UK burglary hotspot.

For comparison, the Birmingham postcode of B94 which covers Olton and Solihull was the most prolific burglary hotspot in the nation, with a rate of 57.83 claims per 1,000 homes.

The Cambridgeshire PE15 postcode which encompasses March, Benwick, Doddington, Manea, and Wimblington, was revealed as the area with the lowest burglary rate in the UK - with just 0.28 claims for every thousand homes in the area.

David McDermottroe, home insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket said: "While it’s not a surprise to see the list of burglary hotspots dominated by large cities, it is interesting to learn that a large proportion of people in rural areas aren’t protecting their homes with a burglar alarm.

"Although this type of crime may be less common in those areas, unfortunately, no one is immune to burglars.

"If we take simple and effective preventative measures like installing an alarm, investing in decent locks for windows and doors and keeping valuables such as laptops and keys out of sight, it will not only make our homes less attractive to burglars, but it will be harder for them to break in.”