National crime statistics released today show an increase in domestic burglaries – many of us still don’t lock our front door: new research.
Home Office statistics released last week highlight that domestic burglaries are up 14%[i]. Experts say that this could increase throughout the summer months as the weather starts to warm up and people venture into their gardens or leave their windows open. New research from Ageas Insurance shows that just under one in two adults (47%) don’t lock their front door as a rule when they are at home. And that’s when sneak-in crimes can happen. More than one in ten (13%) only ever lock their front door at bedtime.[ii]
Ageas also recently unveiled statistics highlighting that homes across the UK display on average £1223 of valuables such as TV’s, other electronic goods, antiques and works of art that are clearly displayed for would-be burglars to see through home windows. Nearly one in five people (18%) said that as much as £2,000 or more worth of valuables could be seen by a passer-by looking through a window. One in three people (35%) said that valuables worth more than £1000 could be seen.ii
Mark Cliff, Managing Director of Ageas Insurance (formerly Fortis UK) said: ‘It’s often wrongly assumed that many household burglaries are committed while homes are empty. But canny burglars know that many people assume that by being at home, they themselves are a deterrent and so they take fewer precautions. But an unlocked front door or window can be an open invitation to a burglar while the occupier is distracted by spending time in the garden. With so few people routinely securing their home while they are there it’s no wonder that so many thefts are committed without a forced entry. It’s not about turning your home into a fortress but simply getting into the habit of locking doors and windows, regardless of the period of time the house or room is unattended.’
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