How your car can make you a target for burglars

31 March 2011

Homes worth £258,000 or more are less likely to be targeted by burglars than cheaper houses, research has revealed.

A study by Halifax Insurance found most burglars consider houses of higher value 'too posh to pinch from'.

Criminologists interviewed criminals awaiting trial for burglary to discover which properties and goods were more at risk. Burglars were asked to rate the desirability of homes based on photos that steadily increased in value.

As the burglar approached the more expensive homes interest would drop off dramatically, with the property seen as liable to have better security measures in place.

One burglar claimed more expensive houses would also have more rooms, making it more difficult to find pricey items.

Your make of car

The report also found burglars will make a decision on whether or not to target houses based on the type of car parked outside.

Houses with expensive cars like Porsches or Land Rovers are more likely to be left alone while those with a company car outside – such as Vauxhall Vectra, Ford Mondeo or Audi A4 are particularly at risk. The criminals interviewed claimed these properties are more likely to be 'tech-heavy' without having high standard security measures.

When asked what type of things they would be stealing, the criminals ranked hard cash first followed by games consoles, alcohol and cigarettes. Bank cards and ID documents are also desirable.

Burglar-proof your home

Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance, says: "It's clear from our report that burglars take a lot of factors into consideration when choosing a home to break into and deciding what to steal. Hopefully this study will make people more aware of the easy things they can do to keep their homes safe.

"There are many ways homeowners can help protect themselves such as keeping 'desirable' items out of sight from the front windows, and overall understanding that even within the home, sensitive items should be kept in a safe and discrete location. Making sure a house looks occupied, such as leaving a light or radio on, when no one is home can also help and of course it's important to make sure you have the right level of insurance cover for your home."

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