The real cost of burglaries and thefts in Norfolk
Having your home burgled is a terrible experience. It’s an invasion of your privacy, it’s losing the things you’ve worked hard to own, and it’s a costly crime. Whether you have contents insurance or not, replacing stolen items and repairing any damage caused by the burglary is expensive and time-consuming – the last thing you want to deal with after being robbed!
According to statistics released in 2020, a home is burgled every 106 seconds in the UK, and this metric is trending upwards. The average cost of a residential burglary in the UK is £3,030, which is a lot to lose.
There’s a lot you can do to protect your home from being burgled, like installing an intruder alarm, CCTV cameras, and motion-triggered lighting. But burglars are becoming more sophisticated and despite all these security measures, criminals might still find ways to rob your home.
So, what is the real cost of burglaries and thefts in Norfolk?
The cost of burglaries in Norfolk
When calculating the cost of a burglary in Norfolk, the cost of stolen items, as well as the emotional cost, is considered. This is calculated by determining the extent to which someone’s quality of life will be affected by any attacks that may happen during a burglary. Productivity cost is also something that’s factored into this calculation – you may have to take time off work because of the theft and have reduced productivity when you return to work due to the psychological effects of the crime.
With all the above factors taken into consideration, Norfolk loses £6.81 million through burglaries each year. The potential for residential burglaries to take place in Norfolk is about 25%. 16 to 24-year-olds are burgled more than any other age group in the UK, with 63% of burglaries occurring without a home security system.
What you need to know about thefts in Norfolk
Lots of small Norfolk businesses have been burgled over the last year, partly due to the fact that they have no visible CCTV or intruder alarms.
In the case of burglaries at residences where there are no security measures installed, it is possible that thieves can access the property and steal belongings quite easily. But what happens when a burglary takes place in Norfolk?
Interestingly, 58% of burglaries happen when someone is home. This leaves residents at risk for being attacked by burglars. In fact, 26% of break-ins include criminals using force or violence. In most cases, burglaries happen by breaking a door in the home.
The four most stolen items through thefts in Norfolk are purses, wallets, money, and cards. And it takes thieves less than 10 minutes to enter, steal, and flee the property.
Burglaries are more likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am, meaning residents will most likely be asleep when break-ins happen.
What you can do to prevent burglaries
Although 63% of burglaries happen without security systems, 77% of people with at least a basic home security system are not burgled. This provides reassurance that having security measures installed in your home is the best possible way to protect you and your family from the trauma and loss involved in being burgled.
At least 30% of UK residents have an intruder alarm and 40% have at least one security camera. Our advice is to join these residents by speaking to a security expert to assess your home and determine the best measures to safeguard your property against burglaries.
Some basic ways you can protect your home is to ensure that:
- Your property is always well lit and that there are no areas where potential intruders can hide, such as large bushes.
- You don’t keep valuable items in places where they can be seen, such as near a window.
- Keep important documents like passports and items of high value like jewellery locked away in a safe.
- You can invest in a smart doorbell which means you can see any person who rings your doorbell so that you don’t have to open your door to potential intruders.
- You install locks on your windows and that you have good quality locks on your doors.
With a total of 296,150 burglaries having taken place in the UK in 2020 alone, it’s important to know that being burgled is always a possibility. The best way to prevent having to go through the terrifying experience of having your home broken into is to take measures to secure your property. If you have proper and visible security in place, there’s a high chance that an ill-intentioned individual won’t bother to take the chance of burgling your home. Speak to one of our security experts to find out how you can best protect your Norfolk home against theft.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest