As magical as this time of year can be, with the festive season on the horizon, householders would be wise to be particularly vigilant where burglary is concerned, given new research revealing that Fridays in November are the most popular times for intruders to target properties for break-ins.
Carried out by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch, the study found that one in three adults in the UK have been a victim of neighbourhood crime, with eight out of ten victims saying the incident has had an impact on their day-to-day lives.
The research also found that there appears to be a lack of understanding among members of the general public regarding police response times. Some 58 per cent of those who reported break-ins said they were visited by the police and 31 per cent said they were visited within an hour of the crime being reported.
But when questioned about the absence of police at the scene of a crime in their local neighbourhood, 59 per cent said they felt as though they weren’t important. And 41 per cent expressed feelings of anger, while 26 per cent said they felt upset.
All incoming calls to police are prioritised based on their severity, which means that some will receive an immediate response but others may not need a visit from the police for hours after the fact, if at all.
Commenting on the results, head of insurance at the Co-op Colin Butler said: “Our claims data shows that darker nights lead to more burglaries. As the nights draw in, we’re urging people to be vigilant when it comes to their personal safety, as well as the safety of their home.
“Our report unlocks the real issues that people are facing in their neighbourhoods, as well as the long-lasting impact this type of crime can have on victims.Our continuing partnership with Neighbourhood Watch has never been more important as we continue to encourage neighbours to look out for one another.”
A great way of making your property more secure is to invest in wooden garages, as these will provide you with lots of extra storage space for garden items. Putting these away at the end of the day is always a good idea as they can prove to be attractive to thieves, otherwise.
These days, garden furniture, ornaments, plants and so on can be very expensive, and there are all sorts of other costly purchases that people may make for their outdoor areas - so it makes sense to protect the exterior of your home in the same way that you would the interior.
Author - Martin Corby
Posted - 23 Nov 2019
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