Updated: Apr 8
According to home insurance experts Hiro, a burglary ‘bounce back’ is on the way once the lockdown restrictions are eased and more people return to work, providing the perfect opportunity for criminals to make up for the lost time.
The Sun reports that the research compiled by Hiro showed that there was a 20 per cent reduction in home burglaries in 2020 compared to 2019, as the lockdown made it harder for burglars to break into homes.
Hiro’s research also tells us.
• Burglars lost out on £103.2 million in stolen gains in 2020.
• Based on prison data, this equates to roughly £12,954 per criminal
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), domestic burglary rates fell in England and Wales by roughly 72 per cent in April and May 2020. This is unsurprising since we were in a strict lockdown during this time.
However, as the UK opens up again, so do opportunities for would-be criminals looking to recover their losses.
Hiro’s CEO, Krystian Zajac, said: “Just as legitimate businesses are looking forward to a post-pandemic sales bounce, criminals will also be looking to recoup their losses.”
With just a few simple changes in home security, you can safeguard your property.
• Always secure your shed or garage.
• Install extra locks on your windows and doors, and repair any locks if they’re not working properly.
• Keep valuables out of view.
• If you can, invest in some smart security like a monitored doorbell, a WiFi alarm system or automated lights to make it seem like someone’s home.
• If possible, add CCTV to your property.
With a burglary bounce back looking increasingly likely, it’s more important than ever to ensure your home and belongings are protected.
If you’re looking for Ajax security systems, talk to us today.