Yes, people are still leaving house keys under plant pots, or doormats. In fact one in five householders surveyed by Admiral admitted they still hide spare keys in the back garden area. There are also more expensive itesm like bicycles, computer equipment and alcohol being stored in summer houses and sheds as homeowners in the UK get to grips with staycations 365 days a year.
KEYS STILL BEING HIDDEN
Admiral Home Insurance is urging homeowners to make sure their home is secure when out and about, after its recent investigation revealed people could be putting their homes at risk from unwanted intruders. Analysis of Admiral’s home insurance data revealed there were 57% fewer burglary claims during the lockdowns in 2020 compared to the number of claims during the same time periods in 2019, as people stayed at home.
A further one in five homeowners also admitted to losing a set of house keys they’ve never found, and 60% of homeowners have failed to replace the locks after losing their keys. Admiralwarns there could be a spike in burglary claims as lockdown restrictions ease,especially if people aren’t keeping the keys to their home safe or replacing the locks after losing their set of keys.
The bike sales boom of 2020, when people had a stark choice betwen walking or cycling for exercise, meant that many people bought a racing bike, electric commuter or mountain bike. Many thieves are now targeting these bicycles, which can cost over £1000. Recent Met Police stats showed that boroughs like Waltham Forest, Haringey and Southwark all posted an increase of over 23% in bike theft reports. Only one percent of bike thefts are solved in London by the way.
There is a bike theft heat map available from Bikmo, which lets insurers or brokers track the geographical spread of bike thefts, as they are reported. More here.
The demand for certain breeds of puppy has increased dramatically over the last year. The Kennel Club recently reported that Beagle prices had risen by over 150% for example. There is no doubt that pro dognappers tend to target people out walking their dogs, but some may also attempt to steal a dog that is left unsupervised in the back garden, such as this case reported in the Independent. One trend worth noting for insurers is that Ring doorbells with cameras are often located on the front door, not the back, so they will not pick up images of those looking to steal from back gardens in many cases.