Brits are being warned that there could be a potential surge in burglary once the lockdown ends, and to take takes to ensure their property is secure.
According to an analysis of government crime figures by the home insurance company Hiro, there was a 20 per cent decrease in house burglaries in 2020, but now the firm is predicting there could be a ‘burglary bounce back’ once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted, reports .
The insurance firm estimates that criminals’ overall takings were down by £103million in 2020 as homeowners spent the majority of their time in their properties. This equated to individual losses for burglars and thieves of £12,954.
Now with the vaccine rollout and people potentially heading back to the office or on holiday, many homes could be left vacant for long periods, encouraging burglars to ‘return to the office’ too, taking advantage of the situation
“Just as legitimate businesses are looking forward to a post-pandemic sales bounce, criminals will also be looking to recoup their losses, with burglars missing out on £103.2million worth of crime in 2020,” says Krystian Zajac, chief executive of Hiro.
“Of course, we don’t feel sorry for this group – but they’ll be licking their lips at the thought of millions of properties left vacant as families rush to enjoy long-postponed holidays. Now is the perfect time to act and to make sure your home is as safe as possible.”
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