In our first infographic, we look at some of the frightening burglary statistics gathered in the UK over recent years, and at how best to ensure you don’t become a statistic yourself.
Burglary. It’s a scary notion to fathom being vulnerable in your own home, but in this day and age, burglary is far more common than we would like to admit. Within the UK alone, a home is burgled every 37 seconds. Even more frightening are the one million burglaries and attempted burglaries that occur in the UK each year. 13% of households are burgled twice and 7% of households are burgled three or more times!
Between the years of 1981 – 1993, burglaries increased by 137% in the UK. Aggravated burglary (cases in which occupants are home at the time) rose an additional 14% in 2002.
Houses that are likely to be ‘theft’ targets are ones that do not have visible signs of security. This includes security lighting and/or alarm bell boxes. Households are more than twice as likely to be burgled if they have already been burgled within the past four years. Though most burglaries are not pre-planned, they are often committed by thieves who notice an open door, window and/or valuables on display.
Generally, 88% of burglars are males, though there are the occasional 6% of burglaries that are committed by both a male and female. An equal 6% of burglaries are committed by females, alone.
The most popular age demographic of burglars are between the ages of 16- 24, with 16% being of school age.
Burglars generally get in without force, with 20% of burglaries that are accomplished through an open window and/or unlocked door.
70% of burglars enter through a door (using force), but the truth is a thief can get through any gap that is larger than a human head. What a frightening thought!
25% of burglaries occur when someone is at home and aware of what is happening, and in 20% of cases the victim sees the offender. In 27% of cases, there are two offenders and a smaller 10% of burglaries include acts of violence and/or threatening behaviour to instil fear.
Victims are emotionally affected in over 80% of all burglaries. The most common emotional responses that were reported in cases of burglary were anger, shock and fear, vulnerability, difficulty sleeping and loss of confidence.
Items that are usually taken during a burglary often include stolen property, which accounts for 40% of incidents. Additional stolen items include cash, jewellery and DVD/video stereo equipment.
Not surprisingly, theft of computer equipment is now twice as common than it was in 1995. Just half of burglary victims have their stolen property insured, and only 9% of cases involve a stolen item that is property returned.
Burglars often strike on the weekends, accounting for 30% of burglaries. Furthermore, 32% of burglaries take place in the evening and 20% of burglaries occur in the afternoon. Finally, an estimated 10% of burglaries occur in the morning.
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