You are here: Home - Insurance - News -

Watch out – burglaries are most likely on Fridays in November

0
Written by: Emma Lunn
08/11/2019
Eight out of 10 burglary victims say the crime impacted their day-to-day lives, but a fifth of victims don’t call the police, according to Co-op Insurance.

Together with Neighbourhood Watch, the insurer studied crime trends across UK neighbourhoods and the effect it has on those who have been victims.

It found that nearly four in 10 (38 per cent) of UK adults have been a victim of neighbourhood crime, with two fifths (41 per cent) having had their homes broken into. However, a fifth (20 per cent) of victims chose not to contact the police.

When asked why, six in 10 (59 per cent) said they weren’t convinced the police would do anything about it, and a further one in six (16 per cent) didn’t trust that the police would be able to help them.

Just three in five (58 per cent) victims who reported the crime said they were visited by the police, and less than a third (31 per cent) were visited within the hour.

Of those who didn’t receive a police visit, three in five (58 per cent) victims were given a crime reference number, whilst one in eight (13 per cent) received a phone call.

Are you going to be burgled?

Co-op Insurance is warning people to ensure they have robust security measures in place to keep their homes safe.

Business data from the insurer reveals that the number of theft claims increase by a third (35 per cent) in the months following the clocks going back, with November the month when most burglaries take place.

Throughout the year, light-fingered thieves are most likely to make their move on a Friday and, with November being the most common month for home break-ins, Fridays in November prove to be a particularly popular time for burglars to strike.

Analysis of the Co-op’s claims data also found that people living in London are the most likely to be a victim of home contents theft with Carlisle and Manchester also crime hotspots.

Of the 41 per cent of UK adults who have been a victim of burglary, almost a third (28 per cent) said it happened during the night. A quarter (24 per cent) were targeted in the afternoon, a fifth (20 per cent) in the evening, whilst just 6 per cent were burgled in the morning.

More than a quarter (29 per cent) of victims were at home when the burglary took place, with one in five (22 per cent) asleep. At work, on holiday or out for dinner were also among the common places people were when their property was broken into.

Colin Butler, head of insurance at Co-op Insurance, said: “Unfortunately, year-on-year, 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.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

The savings accounts paying the most interest

If one of your jobs this month is to get your finances in order, moving your savings to a higher paying deal i...

Everything you need to know about being furloughed

Few people had heard of ‘furlough’ before March 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic thrust the idea of bein...

Coronavirus and your finances: what help can you get in the second lockdown?

News and updates on everything to do with coronavirus and your personal finances.

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
How to save £10,000 on a car

An Admiral investigation found that extending your search radius by 200 miles could result in saving nearly £10,000 next time...

Close