- Burglaries soar 38% when the clocks go back, data shows
- Home robberies more likely to happen on a Friday than any other day
- Ten basic steps can help shrink the chances of you becoming a victim
The number of home insurance claims rockets when British Summer Time ends, analysis of two years worth of data from Co-operative Insurance shows.
With this Sunday marking the end of BST, the insurer found home theft claims surge by 38 per cent in the five months after the clocks go back, compared with those during the five preceding months.
Thefts in the winter months were also found to be more likely on a Friday than any other day of the week, perhaps as it is more probable that occupants are out of the house.
Home robberies between November and March are also more likely to happen due to burglars physically breaking into a property.
Thefts which do not involve forced entry, such as those which are opportunistic or involve deception, are more likely to take place in the summer months, according to the Co-op’s analysis.
Meanwhile, car insurance claims, including thefts, also jump by six per cent after the clocks go back, the insurer said.
Claims analysis showed as well as more treacherous driving conditions due to icy and wet roads, motor insurance claims also increase in the winter due to drivers forgetting to turn their lights on and poor maintenance.
James Hillon, director of products at Co-operative Insurance, said: ‘Darker nights unfortunately lead to an increase in home burglaries.
‘When the clocks change this coming weekend we are urging people to be more vigilant when it comes to home security.
‘Whilst in a lot of cases it is simply a case of bad luck, there are things that home owners can do to deter thieves such as ensuring lights are left on when no one is at home and installing CCTV cameras, or at least dummy ones, to make burglars think twice.’
Earlier in the year, data showed the most likely place in Britain to get burgled is in east London.
The RM8 postcode of Dagenham and Becontree, which has an average house value of £220,000, has the highest rate of burglary insurance claims.
Those living in and around the capital are most likely to suffer break-ins — with 14 of the top 20 postcodes in London, according to the study by price comparison site MoneySupermarket.
Those with DD2, DG1, G83, IP11 and LL57 postcodes are least likely to be burgled, according to the data.
TEN TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM BURGLARSThe below may seem like basic advice for many when it comes to preventing burglaries — but it is surprising how many households can miss some easy prevention measures:
1. Leave a light on when you are out or invest in a light timer.
2. Install exterior security lights at the front and back of your property.
3. If possible, invest in a CCTV system.
4. Do not post your location on social media sites.
5. Ensure doors and windows are locked.
6. Set your burglar alarm.
7. Ensure outbuildings and sheds are secured.
8. Do not leave valuables on display.
9. Never leave car keys within easy reach of a letterbox.
10. Do not leave ladders outside your home.
Read more: Insurer warns households that burglaries surge 38% after clocks go back — but here’s 10 steps that help prevent a home robbery
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