Burglaries set to rise when clocks change

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Homeowners are being urged to step up their home security as new research from Co-op Insurance found that burglaries categorised as opportunistic increase by 23% when the clocks go forward, which this year will fall on the 25th March.

According to the data, during British summer time, opportunistic thefts account for 37% of all break-ins. This is in stark contrast to the darker, winter months from October to March, where just 30% are described as opportunistic.

When delving into the days where people are most vulnerable, Co-op found that the majority of home thefts take place on Friday.

However, Sunday is the least common day for break-ins in the summer months, with 13% less break-ins occurring on this day. Furthermore, the Co-op found that on average, claims relating to opportunistic burglaries cost an average of £1,208.

Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance at Co-op, had this to say: "When the clocks go forward, we see an increase in opportunistic burglaries, as people relax their home security.

Top tips for deterring burglars:

1. Use strong padlocks to secure shed doors 

2. Whilst away, ask a neighbour to check in or set lights to a timer 

3. Keep windows and doors locked 

4. Don’t share your whereabouts on social media 

5. Keep valuable outdoor items such as a bike locked away

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