28% more claims received between similar periods in 2015/2016
As the clocks go back this weekend, many people will be looking forward to an extra hour in bed and hunkering down for the winter.
Whilst winter means cosy nights in, the longer nights can also provide the perfect cover for burglars.
Over a third (35%) more claims for forced burglary were received by Lloyds Bank Home Insurance during the ‘darker months’ of 2017/2018 versus the ‘lighter months’ of 2018.
This equated to 2,199 claims between October 2017 and February 2018, versus 1,624 between March and July 2018.
The picture was the same in preceding years. 7% more claims were received in the ‘darker months’ of 2016/2017 versus the ‘lighter months’ of 2017. 28% more claims were received in the same periods of 2015/2016.
Tim Downes, Senior Claims Manager, Lloyds Bank Home Insurance, said: “The clocks going back should act as a reminder to protect our homes from burglars during the darker days. In the summer months we receive more claims for ‘unforced’ burglaries as thieves take advantage of open windows and doors, however winter typically sees a spike in break-ins using force. Dark evenings, overgrown hedges and shady corners provide the perfect hiding places for opportunistic thieves.
“We’re urging homeowners to remain vigilant over winter and do what they can to protect their home so they can have peace of mind to enjoy those cosy nights in.”
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