Norwich Union warns of burglary surge
by Richard Kilner
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Following the abysmal figures contained in the Budget, Norwich Union, shortly to become Aviva, has stated its concern that by the end of the year unemployment could fuel a 50% rise in household burglary.
Home Office statistics give the number of burglaries in 2008 as 280,000 and if Norwich Union’s fears are realised then 420,000 burglaries costing a total of £421m stolen belongings could occur.
There are, however, a number of simple steps to reduce risk, most obviously locking doors and windows and not leaving valuables on display to escape them being viewed by opportunistic thieves.
If absent for a prolonged period milk and the like should be cancelled to prevent a tell-tale build up and keep an up to date insurance policy for the home.
Home pricing director Simon Warsop has said that history and present Government statistics point to a rising trend in burglaries.
The most common objects stolen are games, consoles and DVDs, which account for 62% of items, followed by cameras, computers, mobile phones and iPods.
The ABI has echoed Norwich Union’s sentiments, urging homeowners not to cut back on home insurance with official statistics showing a rise in burglary in the last quarter of 2008.