First normal Christmas could see 28% spike in burglaries
As the UK braces for its first festive period without lockdowns in three years, home security should rise to the top of every homeowner’s Christmas list.
According to ONS data analysed by Quotezone.co.uk, burglaries were down by 28% across 2022 compared to 2019, pre-coronavirus.
Christmas normally sees a spike in burglaries however last year’s lockdown Christmas actually saw burglaries drop by 15%, compared with December 2019, suggesting that without the right measures there could be a significant rebound in break-ins this year.*
According to the 2022 ADT Burglary Report, 70% of residential burglaries are more likely to take place between the hours of 6pm to 6am, even within occupied homes.**
As Christmas parties, festive shopping nights out and family reunions begin, homes are being left unoccupied for longer. Coupled with the darker evenings and the increase in valuables under the tree, this could create a potential spike in opportunities for thieves.
It’s important to remember home security this Christmas:
- LIGHTS – Light timers to switch on lights are ideal, as it approaches dusk for an hour or two it gives the appearance that someone is home. It’s also worth considering installing external security lights that switch on when someone approaches the property, to act as a deterrent.
- CAMERA – Make sure any security cameras or alarm systems are clearly visible to potential burglars. If homeowners do not have a system, they can pick up CCTV signs from local police stations. Many new CCTV cameras are small, relatively cheap and unintrusive – they also connect directly to mobile phones, sending images and videos if they sense someone on the property.
- ACTION – Remember to take action to improve privacy online. Don’t broadcast plans on social media and if people do want to post holiday snaps, they should make sure settings are set to private with location turned off.
Helen Rolph, home insurance comparison expert at Quotezone.co.uk, comments: “As people aim to celebrate their first normal Christmas in almost three years, it is likely homes will be left unoccupied for more time than usual this festive season. We’re keen to remind people of these simple security tips to help keep homes safe this Christmas.
“If an alarm system is not something people can invest in right now, there are many other inexpensive tips people can try to help them feel safer and protect their homes, such as storing expensive and easily snatched valuables out of sight, joining the local neighbourhood watch scheme and asking callers for ID – genuine callers will never mind this question and the heightened vigilance might just ward off potential thieves.”
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This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.
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