Spring to Summer Security With latest research showing a potential 23% increase in opportunist burglaries over Spring and Summer months, Amthal is urging homeowners to step up security measures to protect what’s precious.
According to the new data*, during British summer time, opportunistic thefts account for 37% of all break-ins. Compared to the darker, winter months from October to March, where just 30% are described as opportunistic.
The research even discovered that people are most vulnerable to opportunist crime on a Friday and that Sunday is the least common day for break-ins in the summer months, with 13% less break-ins occurring on this day.
Says Jamie Allam, Commercial Director Amthal Fire & Security: ‘There has already been a well-documented increase in burglary across the UK. And whilst we traditionally consider winter months to be more vulnerable, this new research shows this is absolutely no time for complacency.
“We may start to relax in ourselves and look forward to longer warmer days, but we need to stay acutely aware of the risk to our homes. So even if we are stepping out into the garden, or to a neighbour for a BBQ, it’s really important to ensure home security is prioritised and valuables are kept out of sight.”
Amthal’s top tips for deterring burglars this summer:
- Lock all of your doors and windows. This is:
- Especially at night when opportunists are likely to strike
- Even if you’re just popping out for a few minutes
- Always ensure your burglar alarm system is set (install an alarm if you don’t have one!)
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home for you
- Close neighbours may be willing to check in on your home daily, to open and close curtains or collect your mail for you
- Arrange for regular deliveries to be put on hold or delivered to a neighbour
- Remember to put away all gardening tools and equipment in a padlocked shed or secure garage environment, out of sight and reach.
- Advertise your holiday plans and activities at any stage from leaving the home to returning, on social media, making it obvious you're not home
(Also, be wary of accepting friend requests from people you don’t know, who could be burglars posing as friends to find out more about you or your family.)
- Leave travel documents or calendars on display that may show a burglar the dates you are away
- Leave valuable items in reach of an open window or cat flap if you have one – i.e. keys, wallets/purses, bags, mobile phones or iPads.
*Research carried out by Co-op Insurance.
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