Ten per cent of UK households attract burglars
by Gill Montia
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Direct Line Home Insurance has calculated that in the past five years, one in ten UK households has either been burgled or experienced a failed break-in attempt.
In number terms, 2.4 million homes across the UK have been affected.
Recent research on security behaviours by Direct Line found that Londoners suffered the most burglaries or attempted burglaries, at 13%.
Things are little better for those living in the North East and North West (12%) but in Wales and the South West of England only 6% of households attracted such unwelcome interest, over the five year period.
A high proportion of people leaving their properties empty after dark attempt to outwit criminals by leaving the lights on (44%), or ensuring downstairs curtains and blinds are drawn (35%).
However, inner-city dwellers are less vigilant, with only 27% leaving indoor lights on when their property is empty.
In addition, external security lights are less popular with those living in cities; 8% have security lights fitted compared to 22% of those living in rural areas.
Direct Line’s head of Home Insurance, Andrew Lowe, warns that opportunistic thieves may well be on the prowl as winter approaches and advises property owners to review their security arrangements.
He adds that the research revealed that people living in areas with higher rates of burglary are less likely to carry out simple security measures, such as locking windows at night.