The change in the clocks this weekend could increase the risk of home break-ins for Brits.
The coming turning back of the clocks this weekend coincides with an increased for home security across the UK, new research has shown.
According to data compiled by The Co-operative Insurance, a 38 per cent increase in home thefts is recorded during the winter months – kicking off from the day that the clocks go back across the UK.
Set to gain an hour on Sunday morning (October 25th), the shift means darker evenings and that, in turn, means homes are more at risk of break-in due to the cover of darkness.
As such, homeowners are being advised to place home security at the top of their agenda in the months ahead, with measures including the use of CCTV, setting lights to come on automatically if people will be out and ensuring all doors and windows are locked securely all recommended.
James Hillon, director of products at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “Darker nights unfortunately lead to an increase in home burglaries, so when the clocks change this coming weekend we are urging people to be more vigilant when it comes to home security.”