After analysing claims data since 2013, The Co-operative Insurance can reveal that home theft claims increase by 38% in the five months after the clocks go back – this year scheduled to be on 25 October.
With winter nights often making it easier for burglars to hide under the cover of darkness and unoccupied houses easier to spot as they may not have lights on theft claims increase.
According to the data, home thefts between November and March are more likely to be via forced and violent entry than in the summer months. In comparison thefts which are more opportunistic or deceptive, and are non-forcible are more prevalent in summer than winter months.
Top tips to protect your home from burglary
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. Don’t post your location on social media sites