Response to British Crime Survey on increase in burglaries.
15 July 2011
"Although the survey states that there is ‘no evidence’ that the recession is having an impact on overall crime figures, we firmly believe that there is a correlation between recessions and theft and burglary claims.
Thanks to an improving economy and good work by insurers and the police, theft and burglary claims have come down significantly since 1994. So, although we agree that linking crime stats to recession is not simple, we do believe that we’re still to see the full impact of the credit-crunch and expect there to be some impact on theft and burglary claims still to work through. We are keeping a very close look-out for any early signs of an increase in claims in this area.
A burglary or theft is an awful experience. We would encourage people to continue to be vigilant and take at least some simple precautions to help to protect themselves and their property and so reduce the risk of them being a victim of burglary or theft.”
Examples of home safety tips include:
- Make sure that whenever you leave your home, to always lock all the doors, including a garage door, even if it's only for a couple of minutes. Also, if you are working upstairs as burglars may sneak in unnoticed.
- Leave the lights on when you go out in the evening or use automatic timers, so a home doesn’t look empty.
- Ensure your doors and windows have proper, approved locks (your insurer or Broker will be able to advise)
- If possible install an approved alarm (again your insurer or Broker will be able to advise) and make sure it is activated when the house is empty.
- Install an automatically-activated light outside your home so it goes on when people approach: burglars don’t like being in the spotlight!
- If going on holiday, or away for a few days, cancel any milk and paper deliveries and ask a neighbour or friend to push mail through the letter box.
- Pruning shrubs and hedges will help to minimise potential hiding places - burglars like to work out of sight.
And check that there is appropriate level of household insurance cover in place.
For more information please contact:
t: +44 (0) 1737 375369
m: +44 (0) 7788 926790