CRIME figures have shown Oxford's hotspots for burglary, with some areas seeing up to 15 burglaries a month in the past year.

The figures, which have been taken from Police UK's crime map, reveal the areas which have been targeted the most by Oxford's thieves in the year since February 2018.

The location that proves the most popular with the criminals is the North East of Oxford, which covers Headington and Marston.

Meanwhile, its neighbouring ward, Barton and Risinghurst, was the only place where not a single burglary was reported to the force.

Between February last year and January just gone, there were under 1,000 burglaries in Oxford.

The city is divvied up into seven wards by Thames Valley Police: Oxford Central, Barton and Risinghurst, Cowley, East Oxford (which covers Iffley Road), North Oxford (which covers Summertown, Cuttselowe and Wolvercote), North East Oxford (which covers Headington and Marston) and South East Oxford – which covers Blackbird Leys, Iffley and Littlemore.

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The highest recorded number of burglaries was in Oxford North East, with 191 reported over the year.

The figure made up 8 per cent of the crime that had been reported in that area throughout the year – of which 70 per cent still have not been solved, the data revealed.

The low resolution rate can be put down to no suspect being identified, or police not having enough evidence to prosecute.

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The ward with the highest percentage of burglaries out of overall crime was North Oxford.

A total of 11 per cent of the crime reported there was a break-in - an 'alarming' figure says a local councillor for Summertown, Andrew Gant.

He said: "Obviously, this is a big matter of concern.

“But, the police are very good and very professional at offering advice, and I urge people to follow that advice and report all crime. I give my full support to the police.”

In Barton and Risinghurst the stats were well below the average - only 49 thefts from homes were reported during the entire year.

It was the only ward in Oxford where a not a single burglary had occurred in two different months.

In March 2017 in Barton and Risinghurst, 38 crimes were reported to the force, none of them were break-ins.

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The following year in February, 33 crimes took place, again none of them were break-ins.

Roz Smith, a councillor for Risinghurst said despite the numbers being at a city-low, the figures were still too high.

She explained: "It is good to see the numbers are down, however it is still an awful, awful thing to happen to people and it leaves you on tender hooks.

“The numbers show that we are a safe place to live, but as I said – if you’re that one house that it’s happened to, it’s awful.

“I am very supportive of the neighbourhood watch. The more intelligence police have, the better.

“If you’re going out, or you’re going on holiday you can let the neighbours know. Keep an eye out for those who live alone.

“If it happened to you it can leave a horrible taste in your mouth, to think that somebody’s been rummaging through your stuff.”

She added that a bigger issue in the area was drug paraphernalia scattered in public areas.

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The recent spate of burglaries in the area has prompted two police warnings this week, as part of the force's targeted action into break-ins.

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In a bid to slash the numbers, the force sent the message ‘see your property through the eyes of a burglar’.

They explained: “Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised at how easy it would be.”

The force offered top tips like hiding valuables, marking them with UV pens so things are harder to sell on, trimming back hedges so thieves have less places to hide and gravelling driveways so its noisy to walk on.

It explained that being burgled is a traumatic experience, and homeowners don't just bear the brunt of the financial cost but instead face the emotional impact of a stranger searching their home.