By Colin Butler, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Co-op Insurance

Unfortunately, year on year, our claims data shows that darker nights lead to more burglaries.

As the nights draw in, we’re urging people to be vigilant when it comes to their personal safety, as well as the safety of their home.

According to a new report from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch, one in three UK adults have been a victim of neighbourhood crime.¹

The report, which is based on hundreds of thousands of insurance claims and a YouGov survey of 4,000 UK adults, unlocks the real issues that people are facing in their neighbourhoods, as well as the long-lasting impact this type of crime can have on victims.

Our continuing partnership with Neighbourhood Watch has never been more important as we continue to encourage neighbours to look out for one another.

Our research shows that over a third (38%) of UK adults have been a victim of neighbourhood crime, with two fifths (41%) having had their homes broken into. However, a fifth (20%) of victims chose not to contact the police.

So what can people do to secure their homes to create safer communities? Co-op Insurance has some top tips to protect our customers’ most valued possessions.

Co-op Insurance’s top tips to protect homes from burglary

  1. Leave a light on when out or invest in a light timer
  2. Install exterior security lights at the front and back of the property
  3. If possible, invest in a CCTV system
  4. Don’t post locations on social media sites
  5. Ensure doors and windows are locked
  6. Set burglar alarms
  7. Ensure outbuildings/sheds are secured
  8. Don’t leave valuables on display
  9. Never leave car keys within easy reach of a letterbox
  10. Don’t leave ladders outside your home

Notes to Editors

¹ Research conducted on behalf of Co-op Insurance by YouGov among 4,000 UK adults in October 2019