Households hit by crime every seven seconds across England and Wales
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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A crime is committed against a household every seven seconds in England and Wales, new figures have revealed.
And the statistics show that social housing tenants are the worse hit, with 218 criminal incidents per 1,000 households, compared with 159 per 1,000 for owner-occupied properties.
Churchill Home Insurance's analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics found that a shocking 11,600 household crimes are committed across England and Wales every day.
The analysis showed that the worst affected groups are the unemployed (359 incidences per 1,000 households); lone parents (287 per 1,000); and the 'economically inactive' (long term/temporary sick or ill) (276 per 1,000).
The crimes recorded include vandalism, burglary, theft and vehicle crime.
Unsurprisingly, more densely populated areas were found to have higher incidences of household crime, with terraced houses experiencing 70% more incidents than detached households in the last 12 months.
And urban areas are more affected than rural communities, with those living in the city seeing 167 incidences per 1,000 households versus 112 in the countryside.
Regionally, the East Midlands has the highest incident rate of household crime in England and Wales (208 incidences per 1,000 households), followed by Wales (194 per 1,000) and Yorkshire and Humberside (190 per 1,000).
Martin Scott, head of Churchill home insurance, said: “Even though there has been a decrease in total crime over the past few years, the majority of current crimes are related to the household. Property crime accounts for 72% of all police-recorded crime and 80% of all incidents measured by the Crime Survey of England and Wales."
Churchill suggests that householders can help to reduce the chances of household crime by:
• Installing security lights, anti-vandal/climb paint and a home alarm.
• Unmaintained properties are more susceptible to crime so repair broken windows/tiles, keep garden lawn in check and don’t leave rubbish, especially from expensive purchases, on the kerb.
• When not at home make sure the garden gate is closed, the windows are locked and if away for more than a few nights use timers to switch lights on and off.
• Maintaining a good relationship with neighbours can make communities safer and more sociable place to live.