Research Shows Brits are More Security Conscious than Burglars Think

Over three quarters of adults who go on holiday take steps to make their homes look lived-in while they’re away.

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Despite people’s best efforts, many burglaries happen while people are at home and their properties clearly look lived in

(PRWEB UK) 8 December 2011

A lack-lustre approach to home security was highlighted by an opportunistic burglar’s letter to his victims, which was published in the media last week. Yet, new research¹ from YouGov on behalf of ADT, the home security specialist, confirms that over three quarters of adults who go on holiday (78%) take steps to make their homes look lived-in while they’re away.

Mark Shaw, General Manager of the Residential Business at ADT Fire and Security said: “Latest crime figures show that domestic burglary increased by 10% in the last year². Publication of this letter highlights the indiscriminate nature of opportunistic burglary and confirms that simple measures, like closing windows, can help to protect property, whether there is someone at home or not.”

ADT’s research highlights the most popular DIY home security measures people use to make their property look lived in: 37% of adults who go on holiday use light timers, while 32% ask a neighbour to pop by, 26% close their curtains and 19% say they would stop milk and newspaper delivery. Other steps people said they take include leaving the curtains open, hanging washing on the line or leaving dishes on the draining board.

Shaw concluded: “It is heartening to know that so many people take steps to try to protect their properties but the harsh reality is that, despite people’s best efforts, many burglaries happen while people are at home and their properties clearly look lived in. One way to truly help secure your property is with a monitored alarm system, which will provide 24/7 cover from as little as £99 plus a monthly fee – a small price to pay for peace of mind.”

¹ All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2069 adults, of which 1936 ever go on holiday. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th and 26th October 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
² Source: British Crime Survey, Crime in England and Wales, published 20th October 2011

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