- Theft increased by 10% during October and November 2019
- The clocks are turning back on Halloween and the nights will darken
- We explain how to keep your property safe during the winter months
Families are being urged to ‘burglary-proof’ their homes as much as possible, as soon as night falls.
According to data from Aviva, theft claims increased by 10 percent during October and November in 2019 compared to the monthly average between January and September that year.
While theft claims fell in 2020, when people were spending more time at home, they have started to rise again, with a 33 percent increase between January 2021 and September 2021.
Threat: Reminding to protect homes from burglars this winter
Separate data from Halifax Home Insurance showed the insurer saw a 107 percent increase in theft claims between April and October this year.
The clock changing date also falls on Halloween, when more people may be out at trick-or-treating or parties, leaving homes empty for burglars.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, three out of five thefts occur during hours of darkness or during the early morning or evening hours.
Along with the fact that more people are returning to their offices, the nights are getting darker, which could give burglars more opportunities to break into people’s homes.
According to Aviva, nearly a quarter of people admit to leaving their upstairs windows open when they go out, while 21 percent say they’ve gone to bed and forgot to lock the exterior door.
Another 20 percent wrote details of outdoor engagements on a calendar—one that tells visitors when their homes will be empty—while 15 percent left keys outside their doors when they found themselves going inside. give.
Sarah Applegate, Data Insights Lead for Aviva, said: ‘Theft claims dropped during 2020 when many people were at home, but now we are starting to see them creep in again as people move out.
‘No one wants unwanted visitors, so now is a good time to review home security measures.
‘Community celebrations, along with a return to offices, can lead to possible break-ins, so we would urge people to be vigilant, especially during the dark months.
‘A seasoned thief will know how to locate a property where no one owns a home and will use calendar events to his advantage – but with a few simple steps, there are ways people can reduce their chances of being targeted. can do.’
21 percent of UK residents admit they have gone to bed and forgot to lock the outside door
Tips to keep your home safe
While your home may be at greater risk during the evening hours, there are things you can do to protect your assets.
1. Lock Your Assets: Thieves are opportunistic and look for easy access, such as an open door or window.
Theft can only take a few seconds and can happen even when you’re in your home, so keep doors and windows closed and locked wherever possible.
2. Make Your Home Look Busy: Use a timer or leave the lights on if you’re outside and aren’t going back before it gets dark.
It’s also a good idea to turn on the radio to give the impression that someone is at home.
3. Install a Visible Burglar Alarm and Exterior Lighting: Alarms – or even dummy alarms – can be a strong deterrent.
Good lighting, especially motion-detector lights, can make it difficult for thieves to hide while they try to break in.
4. Don’t Let Thieves Go Fishing: Never leave anything valuable — documents included — near a door, letterbox or window, as thieves can use coat hangers and fishing rods to hook them. Don’t even label your house keys.
Families are advised not to leave their keys on the table near the door in case of theft
5. Keep Ladders and Tools Closed: Most professional thieves don’t carry equipment with them – they use yours. So keep sheds and outbuildings closed.
6. Keep your valuables out of sight and away from windows: Consoles, games, and DVDs are often high on the list of offenders.
Other favorites include cameras, computers, mobile phones and jewellery.
7. Protect your electronic devices with a password: Keep your cyber security system up-to-date.
Back up everything in the cloud, and don’t write your passwords down where they can be easily found.
8. Do not keep valuables in the bedroom: Thieves know that most people keep their valuables there. Hide them in different places around the house.
9. Security Mark Your Property: You can buy kits to mark or etch your stuff.
Using your postcode along with your house or flat number, or the first three letters of your household name will increase your chances of getting your property back to you.
10. Swap Glass for Something Else: The glass panels on the doors can be a really weak spot.
If you think there may be a problem with glass in your home, consider replacing it with laminated glass or using cling film over the glass to make it harder to break.
1 1 Do not call back thieves: Thieves say one of the things they do when they break in is your calendar.
For example, by marking when you’ll be out on vacation – they know when to return for bulky, bulky items.