The report also revealed the top five most common mistakes that homeowners are making in the eyes of our ex-burglars:
- 94% of homeowners leaving windows open
- Over three quarters (78%) leaving valuables in easy view of passers by
- Over half (54%) placing their status and whereabouts on social networking sites
- 52% making the common mistake of hiding keys by doorways
- Half (50%) stated that parcel deliveries left out was a big draw
As part of the awareness around UK Home Security Week, Friedland is also working with property expert and celebrity builder, Tommy Walsh, to highlight the simple things that homeowners can do to protect their properties. Tommy explained: “Protecting your house doesn’t have to be an expensive process, by installing a visible alarm, fitting window locks, not leaving expensive packaging by the outdoor bins or simply planting some thorny shrubs to stop burglars climbing over fences, can all reduce the risk to your property.”
Dave Cording, Deputy Chief Executive for Crimestoppers, said, “We’re pleased to support Friedland on this year’s UK Home Security Week and appreciate the importance of bringing home security to the forefront of people’s minds. The research has been insightful and revealed that by taking simple measures, from using a visible alarm system, ensuring all your windows are closed and taking care when posting on social networks, you can protect your home from falling foul to burglars.”
For more information on UK Home Security Week, Tommy Walsh’s top tips and to download the home security guide, please visit: http://www.ukhomesecurityweek.co.uk/
All results in above press release are based on a research report by the Survey Shop of 50 ex-burglars, previously convicted of household burglary obtained during the period of 5 – 23 August 2011. Results are presented as column percentages, rounded to the nearest whole, and arithmetic means.
*Based on the feedback from the 50 ex-burglars, looking at whether they think social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are being used by today’s burglars and play a role in home theft.
**Based on the estimated mean time from the 50 ex-burglars, looking at how long it took them to burgle a home
***Based on the estimated mean average from the 50 ex-burglars, looking at how much money would an average burglary have been worth when turned into cash.
****Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks 2010 Research.