Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - VICKY SHAW news­desk@waleson­

HOME­OWN­ERS have been warned of a pos­si­ble spike in break-ins in com­ing months, with bur­glars tar­get­ing un­oc­cu­pied homes on dark win­ter evenings.

The shorter days when clocks go back pro­vide the ideal cover for thieves look­ing to break in – es­pe­cially know­ing houses may well be filled with Christ­mas presents.

One in­surer has warned house­hold­ers of the need to be cau­tious as its anal­y­sis of claims his­tory over the past five years found a 34% jump in thefts from homes dur­ing the five months of shorter days, the Mir­ror re­ports.

Co-Op In­sur­ance looked at claims peo­ple had sub­mit­ted in the five months ei­ther side of the clocks go­ing back and found the in­crease, while it also showed Fri­day was the day most likely for a theft to take place.

The clocks go back by an hour at 2am next Sun­day – with morn­ings lighter and af­ter­noons and evenings darker, it is eas­ier for crim­i­nals to spot empty houses with no lights switched on.

The in­sur­ance data from the Co-op also found home thefts be­tween Novem­ber and March showed a greater chance of forced or vi­o­lent en­try than dur­ing the sum­mer, when win­dows and doors are of­ten left open.

Ian Ker­shaw, head of claims at the Co-op In­sur­ance, said: “Un­for­tu­nately, darker nights lead to more bur­glar­ies, so as the nights draw in we’re urg­ing peo­ple be re­ally vig­i­lant when it comes to their per­sonal safety, as well as the safety of their home.”

The in­surer’s data also found a hike in car claims around this time of year due to an in­crease in the num­ber of car crashes.


In­sur­ers are warn­ing peo­ple about win­ter bur­glar­ies

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