Home Safety Ahead of Black Friday

With analysts predicting* the UK's first ever £1 billion shopping day on Black Friday (27th November), we're urging home owners to be especially vigilant with home security.

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
London 46,626
North West 30,129
Yorkshire & Humber 23,539
South East 18,843
West Midlands 18,126
East of England 18,062
East Midlands 14,698
South West 11,868
Wales 7024
North East 6901

 

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!

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