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Over half of UK burglaries happen when someone is home

Updated: Mar 29, 2022

During the current COVID-19 crisis, home security will likely be at the back of most people’s minds as we are having to spend most of the day at home, but this shouldn’t be the case, highlights SimpliSafe. Unfortunately, the statistics show that it should actually be a top priority, as 58% of burglaries happen when someone is in the home according to research published last year by the UK Office for National Statistics.

This research also revealed some concerning trends emerging. While the number of burglary offences recorded by the police in 2019 stood at 380,567 – a decrease of 4% compared to the previous year – there were worrying increases elsewhere.


- There was a 4% increase in police recorded vehicle offences, taking the number to 441,451, which continues the rising trend that has been seen over the last three years. Often there will be a connection between home break-ins and vehicle thefts if criminals can access keys easily inside the home.

- There was a rise in the number of police-recorded robbery offences for the fourth consecutive year, with an increase of 12% to 82,542 compared to the previous year.


According to crime prevention advice published by, a home is five times more likely to be burgled if homeowners have no security measures – statistics that should encourage the growth in residential business for security installers.

What’s more, less than one in five people (19%) are concerned that their current home will be broken into, according to new data from home security systems provider, SimpliSafe.

The survey also found that half of the correspondents (50%) aren’t worried about being burgled at all, whilst almost a third (31%) said it had never crossed their minds.

Jonathan Wall, UK General Manager of SimpliSafe, says: “While the overall decrease in the number of burglary offences recorded is positive to see, what is really concerning is that the number of people who appear to think about their home’s safety is low. Although we certainly don’t want to scare people, unfortunately, no one is immune to home burglaries or theft.

“When you look at the numbers combined, 81% of people don’t pay their home security the attention that they should. Those are unprecedented numbers. We hope to help spark a wake-up call among the people of the UK and ask them to make small but effective changes to protect their home, possessions and loved ones.”

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