19 March 2018

· 23% increase in opportunistic burglaries when the clocks go forward
· Friday is the most common day for break-ins in summer
· Claims relating to opportunistic thefts cost an average of £1,208

As Brits prepare to lose an hour of sleep this weekend, Co-op Insurance is urging homeowners to stay alert, in light of its new claims data released today.

Data analysed by the Co-op looking at break-ins over the last four years found that burglaries categorised as opportunistic increase by a quarter (23%) when the clocks go forward, which this year will fall on the 25th March.*

During British summer time, opportunistic thefts account for almost two fifths (37%) of all break-ins. This is in stark contrast to the darker, winter months as from October to March, just under a third (30%) of break-ins are described as opportunistic.

When delving into the days where people are most vulnerable, the majority of home thefts take place on Friday.

However, Sunday is the least common day for break-ins in the summer months, with 13% less break-ins occurring on this day.

Furthermore, the Co-op found that on average, claims relating to opportunistic burglaries cost an average of £1,208.**

For this reason, Co-op is urging homeowners and renters to take extra precautions when enjoying the longer summer evenings.

Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance at Co-op commented: “When the clocks go forward, we see an increase in opportunistic burglaries, as people relax their home security.

“Most people carry expensive, high-tech personal devices such as smart phones, laptops and tablets. Whilst it can be tempting, especially when the weather is warmer to leave windows and doors unlocked for long periods of time, it’s really important that such items are kept out of sight from opportunists.”

David Huse, OBE, chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Network, said: “Police records indicate that burglary is on the rise. Now, more than ever, people should do what they can to secure their home and possessions. Joining or starting a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is one way you can help reduce your own risk and support your neighbours to do the same.”

Caroline Hunter’s top five tips for deterring burglars:

  1. Use strong padlocks to secure shed doors
  2. Whilst away, ask a neighbour to check in or set lights to a timer
  3. Keep windows and doors locked
  4. Don’t share your whereabouts on social media
  5. Keep valuable outdoor items such as a bike locked away


For further information please contact: Emily Penkett: Emily.penkett@coop.co.uk / 07738621201

Note to editors

  • Claims data analysed over the last four years. Opportunistic refers to the proportion of burglaries which have been classified as non-forcible entry
    ** Claims data analysed from 2017

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