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1:00 AM 14th November 2023
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61% Of People In Northern England Have Had Their Homes Broken Into

 

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
With burglary claims increasing by 106% since 2020 and over half of the UK admitting to being victims of a home burglary, a new survey has revealed the human side of home burglaries.

The team at ADT surveyed 2,000 people in the UK to look at the statistics of burglaries, looking at factors such as how long it took people to feel safe in their homes again after being burgled and which gender is most likely to feel safe at home. The study also looked at the areas and regions with the most burglaries.

Have you ever been a victim of a home burglary where the burglar gained entry to your home?
Victim?Central EnglandNorthern EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandSouth East EnglandSouth West EnglandWales
Yes55.5%61.0%81.1%55.8%64.1%51.0%53.7%
No44.5%39.0%18.9%44.2%35.9%49.0%46.3%
Total2995345314772515582

Northern Ireland is the region with the most victims of home burglary, with over four-fifths (81%) of respondents from the region stating that they have experienced a break-in. South East England (64.1%) and Northern England follow suit, with almost two-thirds (61%) of people stating that they have had an unwelcome guest in their home.

Which actions did, or would, you take following experiencing a burglary?
ActionsCentral EnglandNorthern EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandSouth East EnglandSouth West EnglandWales
Contact the police75.6%68.9%62.3%66.0%70.5%74.8%70.7%
Purchase home security devices40.1%43.1%18.9%32.7%41.1%33.5%39.0%
Clean the residence immediately following the break-in25.4%20.4%11.3%15.6%20.3%21.3%11.0%
Seek professional emotional support (e.g. therapy)14.7%18.7%30.2%19.7%19.0%16.1%9.8%
Sleep somewhere else9.4%9.4%5.7%4.8%9.2%7.1%6.1%
Move house due to the burglary6.0%5.4%5.7%3.4%8.6%3.2%3.7%
Other (please specify)4.3%3.6%1.9%2.0%3.7%7.7%3.7%
Prefer not to say5.7%6.9%1.9%5.4%4.3%5.2%9.8%
Total2995345314772515582

Contacting the police topped the list as the most important action across all regions, particularly in Central England (75.6%), South West England (74.8%) and Wales (70.7%). Interestingly, more people in South England are more likely to contact the police after a home burglary than in the North.

Purchasing home security devices was the second most important action, especially in Northern England (43.1%) and South East England (41.1%). Cleaning up the residence after a break-in has a higher response from regions such as Central England (25.4%), Northern England (20.4%) and South East England (20.3%). Whereas those from Northern Ireland (30.2%) and Scotland (19.7%) prefer to seek professional emotional support such as therapy.