Burglaries are a homeowner’s worst nightmare; they are terrifying to experience so we like to think that they will never happen to us. Luckily, should the worst happen, we have home insurance and contents insurance policies in place to ensure that our possessions and the damages to our property are covered for us. Unsurprisingly, there are some possessions which burglars tend to target more than others. To help you identify which items you should look to protect and keep extra secure in your home in case you are unfortunate enough to be burgled, we have picked out the possessions most commonly stolen from our homes by burglars:
Mobile phones – stolen in 13% of burglaries
Having your mobile phone stolen is an awful feeling. Not only have we lost one of our most valuable possessions, but we have to contend with the feeling of knowing that someone may have access to all of the personal information we store on them. Our phones are packed full of sensitive information these days, such as messages, contact numbers, all of our social media data and, sometimes, even our passwords. This makes them worth much more to us than just their monetary value. The level of technology within smartphones, and the high price tags they carry as a result of this technology, make them a big target for burglars. You should do whatever you can to keep them safe, and you should also try to minimise the amount of personal data you store on them. Do your best to memorise passwords rather than saving them on your phone and, if you can, set a password to prevent thieves getting access to your phone.
Electrical goods or cameras – stolen in 19% of burglaries
Similarly, because of their typically high value, electrical goods (such as televisions, stereos and music players) are frequently targeted by burglars. As the technology in these kinds of items improve, they are becoming lighter and more compact, making them easier for thieves to steal. As ever, you should take whatever precautions you can to try and prevent these items from being stolen. Try and ensure you don’t place them near windows, as passing thieves may make a note that your house contains valuables, and may target your home in the future.
Computers or computer equipment – stolen in 34% of burglaries
Computers are also a hive of sensitive data, so protecting them is vital as their high monetary value makes them a big target for thieves. Larger computers and desktops can be difficult to secure, but they can also be more awkward for thieves to steal due to their cumbersome size. Although laptops and other smaller devices and accessories may be easier for burglars to steal, they can be stored away in a drawer or cupboard at the end of the day, making them a bit more difficult for thieves to find.
Purse, wallet or money – stolen in 38% of burglaries
One of the most obvious targets for thieves to look out for is cash, or items in which cash is stored. Many of us are guilty of leaving cash, wallets and purses lying around in plain sight as a matter of convenience, but this makes it easier for thieves to just quietly slip them in their pockets before sneaking away. Obviously, you probably don’t need to worry about small change and coins, as these aren’t likely to be a big target for thieves, but try to keep larger sums of cash safe when you can. You should also avoid leaving all of your cash and your cards in your wallet because then, if your wallet is stolen, you will temporarily be without any source of finance.
Jewellery or watches – stolen in 43% of burglaries
Jewellery and watches are the most frequently stolen items in burglaries. They are highly valuable and due to them being very light and often very small, it is easy for thieves to steal a large number of them all at once. Jewellery boxes are huge targets for thieves because of this. Clearly, if a jewellery box gets stolen, you are losing a number of valuable items all in one go, so you should ensure that all of your most valuable jewellery will be covered by your insurer. You should also, obviously, go to extra lengths to secure any items which carry sentimental value.