Burglaries spike when clocks go back

Homeowners are being urged to be extra vigilant ahead of the clocks going back this weekend.

 

Recent research suggests that burglaries spike by more than a third following the end of daylight saving time, with approximately 71% of all burglaries taking place in the darker months of the year.

The clocks will go back by an hour on Saturday 28 October this year until March, meaning the mornings will get slightly lighter, but the nights will become darker sooner, with some of the shortest days of the year seeing sunset at at 3.51pm.

After analysing customer claim data, Co-op Insurance said that burglaries spike on average by 34% during the five months of daylight savings time each year from 2013.

Ian Kershaw, head of claims at Co-op Insurance, said: “Unfortunately darker nights lead to more burglaries so as the nights draw in we’re urging people be really vigilant when it comes to their personal safety, as well as the safety of their home.

“Nobody should have to go through the trauma of having their property burgled.

“Whilst in a lot of cases it is simply bad luck, there are things that home owners can do to deter thieves such as installing CCTV cameras, or at least dummy ones, and having a professional burglar alarm fitted to make burglars think twice.”