Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night aren’t just fun and games – a huge range of home emergencies can occur over these dates.
An analysis of home insurance claims from Aviva found that the number of burglaries on bonfire night is 22% higher than average, suggesting that bad ‘guys’ tour the neighbourhood when people are at organised events and are looking for far more than a penny.
Furthermore, on Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, levels of car crime and motor theft are around 20% higher than on the typical day, while the number of car accidents also increases by 20% on the week the clocks go back.
Unsurprisingly, Hallowe’en is the worst date in the world for malicious damage and vandalism, with levels typically 160% higher than average, while Bonfire Night is the second-worst date.
But with such high levels of criminality expected in the coming weeks, are Brits protecting their belongings and their home? A survey by Aviva found that:
- 13% of people who have their own fireworks display leave their front door unlocked
- 33% of people who attend organised Bonfire Night events do not check that their windows and doors are locked
To prevent break-ins over Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, Aviva offered the following security tips:
- Lock the front door and windows when hosting a Hallowe’en or Guy Fawkes’ Night event in the back garden
- Buy a timer switch that turns your lights on when it gets dark
- When leaving the house, leave a light on and the radio on so the property looks occupied
- Don’t tell strangers who know where you live – such as delivery men or taxi drivers – that a house is going to be empty
- Remove potted plants and garden ornaments from the front of your home and put these out-of-sight
- Put bikes and cars in garages overnight
- Don’t leave keys in obvious places
- Make sure that garages, sheds and other outbuildings have strong locks
Aviva Chief Underwriting Officer Simon Warsop said that Bonfire Night sees more burglary claims than any other night of the year.
Opportunistic criminals use the distractions offered by loud fireworks and the spectacle of Guy Fawkes’ Night to steal from people’s homes, especially when windows and doors are unlocked, he stated.
“Stay vigilant and safe” over Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, Mr Warsop said, adding that a burglary over these events could make them memorable “for all the wrong reasons”.
Domestic security cover
If you have your security protected through our home emergency cover plan, you will be protected against any security incidents that affect your house; we will send our emergency contractors to make your property safe as quickly as possible – frequently in under four hours.
Some of the types of incident you will be protected from include:
- Broken windows and doors
- Getting back into your home when locked out
- Broken locks
- Replacing lost keys if the lost key makes your home insecure
- Fixing locks when the key has snapped off in the lock