Birmingham Holidaymakers Can’t Switch Off from Home Security Worries…
Research conducted by electronics specialist Maplin reveals that more than one in two Birmingham residents worries about their security at least once a day while on holiday. Half of respondents admitted to feeling concerned about their homes when they should be relaxing and enjoying their break – almost double the national average of just 33%. In fact, nearly half of all Birmingham holidaymakers get so anxious that they even take steps to check up on their homes while they are away.
John Cleland, Chief Executive Officer of Maplin said “holiday season has arrived and it is understandable that people have a very real fear of break-ins when they are away from home for any length of time. Most people seem to rely on neighbours or just keep their fingers crossed. However, advances in CCTV technology mean a wealth of cost-effective ways are now available to keep a “virtual eye” on your property, using 3G enabled mobile devices such as smartphones, while you relax and make your biggest worry bagging a sun-bed.”
Over 80% of people surveyed in Birmingham said there was room for improvement in their home security, but over half of them confessed it would take being burgled to make them invest in additional security measures. Only a quarter of people said they would consider upgrading their home security as a preventative measure.
The survey revealed that more households in Birmingham have been burgled than any other city in the UK. Over a third of respondents reported that they had been burgled at least once, compared to a national average of 22%. Birmingham residents are also some of the most likely to have been victims of anti-social behaviour.
More than four in ten of those householders who had suffered a break-in had cash or credit cards stolen, a third lost irreplaceable sentimental items, and a further third had laptops, tablets, MP3 players or iPods taken. The average value of items taken was £1139.
Of those burgled, almost one in five householders reported that they had been burgled while on holiday
After being burgled victims said they felt vulnerable and scared that the burglars might come back. Nearly half (40%) of all respondents admitted they felt violated that thieves had been through all their personal possessions.
John added, “Almost half the people we surveyed in Birmingham were interested in having cameras installed in their house and garden as a deterrent to opportunistic burglars, but admitted to ruling it out because of perceived cost and difficulty to fit. Technology has moved on and a cutting-edge CCTV kit today is very easy to install with just basic DIY knowledge – it also costs less than half the average expense of a break-in”.
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