With analysts predicting* the UK's first ever £1 billion shopping day on Black Friday (27th November), specialist broker Towergate has warned homeowners to be especially vigilant with home security.
Shoppers are expected to spend over £200m more than last year, scooping up deals on tech, games and clothing, making homes across the UK prime targets for thieves and burglars.
Towergate’s analysis of claims data since 2013 found that on average theft claims increased by 18% at this time of year.
According to UK crime stats**, November alone sees an average of 41,000 instances of burglary – based on data since 2011.
The table below shows the level of burglaries over a 12 month period from 30th June 2014 - 30th June 2015:
|Region||Domestic burglaries in 12 months ending 30 June 2015|
|Yorkshire & Humber||23,539|
|East of England||18,062|
Drew Wotherspoon from specialist broker Towergate said: “In the dark winter months, it’s easy to tell when a house is unoccupied and burglars can use this to their advantage, particular after a bumper shopping day like Black Friday. People need to know how to keep their houses safe and some simple security measures can be enough to make opportunistic criminals think twice before entering an empty home. ”
As a result, Towergate is advising homeowners to take some simple preventative measures against burglary now, before winter sets in:
Keep your doors locked when you are at home and when you go out
Avoid leaving a spare key by the back door
Always keep car keys, and other valuables, out of sight and away from windows and doors
Make sure your locks match British Standard** requirements
Leave a light on. Use a timer switch to turn on lights inside the house
Draw your curtains at night
If you have a burglar alarm, use it!