When do most burglaries occur?
Burglaries occur at all times of the day and night and throughout the year. But did you know that burglaries are more likely to take place at some times of the year, and certain times of day?
The darker nights are well and truly here now – not to mention the mist! Many people are already putting up festive lights in an attempt to brighten up the dark evenings. Keybury’s backlit bell box lights up to highlight your house a one with quality security. We even have a special winter offer to upgrade your old bell box to one of our back lit bells. Get in touch to book yours.
Last year, November won the unwanted prize of the month with the most recorded home break ins. The clocks have back creating much darker evenings and this, combined with events such as Halloween and Bonfire night create the perfect storm of antisocial behaviour! Burglaries spike by more than a third when the clocks go back, say coop insurance. November 2020 comes with an imposed lockdown, although whether this includes a reduction in crime levels remains to be seen. Clever criminals will spot routines such as the school run and regular walks, as well as those isolated and on their own. Empty homes with no lights and limited security will stand out on a winters eve.
The likelihood of falling victim to burglary varies not only by month but also, would you believe it, by day of the week! According to cooperative insurer’s research theft is most likely to occur on a Friday. Around 40% of break ins occur during the day whilst 60% take place during the evening or at night. It’s really important to use your home security, day and night.
There are some simple steps you can take to keep your home and family safe this autumn and winter.
Back to basics:
- It sounds simple but remember to lock your doors and windows. Recent statistics cited by home security month show almost 3/4 of burglars gain entry through a door and around 1/3 enter through a window – often an unlocked window.
- Have a professional burglar alarm installed. Burglars are put off by homes with visual security in place. In fact, in a study by smart home week, 71% of ex convicts said they were put off by a home having a visual siren on display.
- Use a timer or leave a light on rather than leaving your house in darkness.
- Ensure your sheds, garages, garden office and other outbuildings are secured. Consider adding an burglar alarm to outbuildings too.
- Set your alarm when you go to bed and whenever you’re going out, even if you’re just nipping out for a quick run.
- Join your local neighbourhood watch group. Look after each other!
- Keep hedges trimmed to improve visibility outside your home.
- Don’t leave valuables on display or tools or ladders outside your home. They could be used by someone else to gain access to your home!
- Don’t check in on social media – and make sure your settings a “private” so others cannot see what you have, and where you keep it.
- Police and insurers recommend investing in a CCTV system. They really do improve your home security.
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