With dark fiery nights and ghoulish goings on, InsureEasy is warning homeowners that burglaries, vandalism and house fires increase sharply over Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Analysis of 10 years’ worth of claims data from InsureEasy reveals that the bad ‘guys’ come out on Bonfire Night, sparking a 22% increase in burglaries compared with a typical day. The data also shows:
And electronic items are the most likely to be stolen, with laptops, smart phones and tablets top of the thieves wish list.
Research also shows that a large number of people don’t check their doors and windows are locked when hosting or attending parties. 13% leave their front door unlocked when they’re having their own display and two-thirds don’t check their windows are locked, giving burglars easy access to their home. And 33% of those that attend fireworks parties don’t check their windows are locked.*
Simon Warsop, chief underwriting officer at Aviva, said:
“We have more burglary claims on Bonfire night than any day of the year. Many families will be out enjoying the spectacle, but the distractions of loud fireworks gives opportunistic thieves the chance to steal from homes – especially if doors and windows are left unlocked.
“Many people leave doors open when having a party and others don’t always check their house is properly locked when they go out to enjoy some fireworks fun. With more burglars on the prowl, this could lead to an unforgettable fireworks night for all the wrong reasons.
“And with fire claims and vandalism also increasing during this period, stay vigilant and safe while enjoying the bonfire and Halloween festivities.”
Tips to deter burglars
* Aviva commissioned research with One Poll among 2,500 homeowners about their habits and activities on Bonfire Night from 24-27 September 2013.
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