Those aged between 25 and 34 would perhaps be wise to take extra precautions where home security is concerned, given new research from Ocean Finance revealing that this demographic is nine times more likely to be broken into than those over the age of 55.
The study found that 18 per cent of younger people have had their houses broken into in the last five years, while just two per cent of the over-55s can say the same. Of all those who have been the victim of a break-in, 52 per cent moved house as a result, climbing to 63 per cent of 25-34 year olds.
What is interesting to note is that homeowners do appear to feel more secure at home than tenants, with 69 per cent of homeowners saying they always feel safe when at home compared with 57 per cent of renters – despite the fact that three per cent of renters say they’ve been burgled in the last five years compared with eight per cent of homeowners.
Ocean Finance’s Ian Williams said: “The vast majority of people feel safe at home most of the time and property crime is still relatively rare. Ironically, people who rent tend to feel less safe at home, although they are, in fact, less likely to suffer a break-in.”
It’s especially important to be vigilant with regards to home security when moving house, as you’ll be flitting between two properties for a day or two to get everything done. Make sure your home insurance covers you for the move just in case (and always read the small print), and don’t leave any items on the pavement outside your house unattended while doing the actual moving. Install a burglar alarm as soon as you can and always make sure you turn it on when going out.
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