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60% of burglary victims never feel safe at home again

A quarter feel the need to move house to feel safe


A new study from insurer UIA has uncovered the lasting emotional impact of burglary, revealing that it takes an average of seven months for victims to get back to normality after a break-in.

Victims emotionally affected

The survey included 1,000 adults who had been victim of burglary. Six out of ten said they would never feel safe in their home again after being burgled. The same amount (60%) said their home felt tainted or spoiled, and a quarter said they had to move house before they felt safe again.

A third (33%) also said the burglary caused a huge knock to their confidence, with half feeling angry about the burglary for months after it happened.

Ian Cracknell, chief executive of UIA Insurance, said: “The emotional impact of a stranger entering your home uninvited can outweigh the physical losses that take place and, as the results show, getting that feeling of security back again can be challenging. The feeling that your home space has been violated or in some way tainted can make it hard for homeowners to ever feel safe again.”

Preventing break-ins

According to UIA’s data, burglars most commonly gain entry by smashing a window, while the second most common approach was breaking a door.

The insurer recommends people take extra security measures to ensure they don’t become a victim of burglary. Cracknell said: “Having the proper measures in place to ensure you’re as protected as possible can make a difference in gaining peace of mind around your home.”

These precautions (for example installing burglar alarms or CCTV) can also help to reduce the cost of home insurance.

Electrical gadgets (including mp3 players, cameras, games consoles, etc.)

Most commonly stolen items

The research also revealed the most commonly stolen items, most of which are high in monetary value. However, the list of items most valued by the victims is led by items with low resale cost and high sentimental value. Four out of ten (40%) of the respondents said they lost irreplaceable, sentimental items that were of little value.

Top 10 most commonly stolen items:

1. Jewellery
2. Electrical gadgets
3. Laptop/computer
4. TV
5. Clothing
6. Ornaments
7. Alcohol
8. Furniture
9. Bicycles
10. Toys

Top 10 most valued items stolen:

1. Family heirlooms
2. Family photographs
3. Jewellery
4. Money
5. Laptop/computer
6. Electrical gadgets
7. TV
8. Car (car keys stolen from home)
9. Clothing
10. Ornaments