According to the most recent data on crime statistics, there are key times when your home is most at risk of being burgled.
While common sense would suggest that the weeks immediately following Christmas would be the worst for break-ins, surprisingly, it’s November that is top of the list. A home is burgled every two minutes in November as opportunist thieves take advantage of the shorter days and the fact that many people leave the house to attend fireworks displays during the latter part of the month.
June is in second place, with many homeowners away on their summer holidays.
The third peak occurs in December, when the particularly upsetting Christmas thefts occur. New Year’s Eve brings with it a 20% increase in the likelihood of being targeted, when thieves can be reasonably assured the owners are out celebrating and there are new and possibly expensive items in the house.
And it seems that burglars enjoy a weekend off as much as the rest of us. 71% of break-ins occur Monday to Friday, with Wednesday morning being their busiest time with 18%.
The single hour between midnight and 1am is the most likely time for a burglar to strike, but the majority of thefts actually happen sometime between 11am and 5pm, when residents are at work. But incredibly, 41% of break-ins last year took place when the residents were at home and either busy or asleep.
Coming home to find you’ve been the victim of a burglary is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. But knowing that intruders were in your house while you and your family were inside sleeping is especially distressing. Make sure you keep your property safe and your loved ones protected with the most up-to-date security measures.