Shocking statistics have revealed that 74 percent of burglars come into homes through the front door.
The research also found that only a third of Britons double lock their back doors, and a whopping two thirds fail to hide their valuables.
It was also revealed that London burglaries were up by 12 percent year-on-year.
The study was completed by MoneySuperMarket, who also shared a guide to helping keep homes safe.
Things to look out for
According to MoneySuperMarket, it is important to look out for tape places on locks.
Covering keyholes in tape is the latest trick used by burglars in Ireland, alerting them to whether or not a home was occupied.
Keeping up appearances is also important when it comes to preventing break-ins, and making sure windows are not broken and all access points are sealed can increase security.
On top of this, make sure all loose tools and ladders are out of sight of opportunist thieves.
Another tip revealed by the price comparison Website is to change the burglar alarm code regularly.
An alarm system will be more secure if the security code is often refreshed.
Light timers also act as a great burglar repellant, with a timer triggering a light to come to look like someone is home, even when the house is empty.
Replacing the locks is also important, as old locks may mean previous homeowners still have your keys.
Replacing them can add an extra layer of security to the house, while updating older models with modern ones can strengthen security at the same time.
Talking about the ways to protect your home, Tom Flack, editor-in-chief at MoneySuperMarket, said: “As the nights draw in, it’s important to protect your home from theft, as research reveals that over half of burglaries take place during the evening or night.
“Claiming on your home insurance if someone breaks in without forcing entry may be difficult, especially if there is no evidence of a crime being committed.”
This is known as the duty of care and, to ensure you’re paid out in full, always check windows and doors are locked before you go out, whether you’re just popping to the shops or leaving for an entire evening.
“Always be vigilant and check that your home and contents insurance is up to date.
“When it’s time to renew, it’s important to shop around, as in the event that you’re burgled, you’ll want to be covered by the best policy for the items that matter most.”
Earlier in the year, a former burglar revealed what it is about homes that makes them vulnerable.
Burglary can be prevented by making minor changes to your home, according to the ex-burglar.
Source : EXPRESS