Home burglaries are on the rise for the first time this year, according to new research by MoneySuperMarket.
Analysis of the latest police data shows that home burglaries started to rise, up 17% from May to July – the first increase this year. Over three quarters of police forces (78%) reported a rise from May to July. As furlough ends and job cuts continue in hospitality, retail and other sectors, crime may well increase.
This compares to a 28% decrease in reported incidents from March to May 2020, when people were spending more time at home.
Certain areas of the UK are more at risk than others, with the biggest spike in burglaries reported by Lincolnshire Police, who confirmed a 102% increase from May to July. South Wales Police follows with a 48% rise over the same period. In contrast, Cheshire reported a 14% decrease – the biggest drop in cases reported across the country.
According to ONS records, the average cost of stolen items from inside a property is £1,840, with jewellery being the top pick for thieves. Over a third (36%) of Brits who have been burgled said jewellery was taken from them while other common items include, money and cards, TVs, laptops, desktop PCs and watches. Some of the more unusual items include cigarettes, sports equipment and even children’s toys, all of which were stolen in 5% of cases.
Kate Devine, Head of Home Insurance at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “With reported burglaries on the rise, it’s important to take measures to reduce your risk. Even with tighter restrictions back in place and people likely spending more time at home again, the need to protect your home is vital. Taking simple steps such as securing all doors, locking all windows and adding security cameras can deter opportunists from approaching your property.
“If the unthinkable does happen, it’s important to ensure you protect yourself with home and contents insurance. By doing this you will protect your valuable possessions and can rest assured that you will be covered for any damage, loss and theft. Don’t forget to shop around for the best deal on your home and contents insurance.”