Figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show that there were approximately 686,000 domestic burglaries across England and Wales between October 2015 and September 2016. So how does it feel for those victims in the aftermath of burglary?
Burglary is one of the most common types of crime, with the charity Victim Support classifying it as a break-in to a building with the intention of stealing, hurting someone or committing unlawful damage. Unfortunately, most of us will experience it at some point in our lives.
It’s not just the financial implications of losing your possessions and repairing a damaged property that affect victims. The aftermath of burglary is so traumatic that it can stay with people for a very long time, with many never feeling fully safe again.
Several surveys undertaken by large insurance firms have highlighted the most common side effects that victims suffer following burglaries and break-ins.
- Research from Allianz Insurance discovered that it took an average of 8 months for those who have been burgled to feel safe again.
- MoneySupermarket revealed that 1 in 8 never recover emotionally, with 43% saying they felt violated and 44% being scared it would happen again.
- UIA Insurance found that one third of people whose homes had been burgled had suffered a huge knock to their confidence, with a fifth claiming they found it difficult to be left on their own after a break-in.
- UIA also revealed that 25% of those burgled actually moved house due to feeling so unsettled.
The most common emotions to feel following such a traumatic event include shock, anger and fear, as well as helplessness and even guilt. These feelings often turn to grief and sadness, with some developing more serious issues such as depression, anxiety attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder and experiencing sleep difficulties.
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Support for the aftermath of burglary is available from Victim Support’s Supportline on 0808 16 89 111 or online at victimsupport.org.uk.