Being burgled during December is one of the most common things. No surprise to many that there is a rise in burglaries around Christmas time – but a recent survey from Direct Line’s home insurance division has highlighted the true extent of crime getting in the way of festivities, naming it the most likely month to have an intruder stealing things from your home.
According to research into its own data, Direct Line found that the most likely days for thieves to strike a home across the UK were December 5th, 6th, 11th, 17th and 18th. As for timings, it was discovered that late afternoons and early evenings were particularly popular with the less morally inclined, with criminals taking advantage of low light conditions to target properties before workers are able to get home.
The company went on to warn people to ensure they were very much protected – whether by locking the door at a very base level, or preferably with extensive alarm systems. It also drew attention to the fact that people will likely be regularly away from their homes at parties or out with friends and relatives in the lead up to Christmas.
In terms of items targeted, Direct Line listed bicycles at number one, with personal technology – mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cameras rounding out places two to five respectively. Power tools, golf and audio wares, games consoles and, perhaps surprisingly, gardening equipment rounded out the top ten.
Head of Direct Line home insurance Katie Lomas said: “With Christmas shopping now in full swing, households should not be complacent about home security. Burglary claims can peak during December, which reinforces the importance of taking steps to secure your home.
“It would be heart breaking to lose presents simply because the house was not properly secured. It’s also worth bearing in mind that as people head out to Christmas parties or to seek some winter sun, householders should take simple security measures to deter potential thieves.”
She recommended that people look into small, inexpensive pieces of technology – such as timer switches to turn lights on and off when you’re out, or on holiday – and asking friends or neighbours to remain vigilant and even pop their head round the door to make sure everything’s in its right place.