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Lieke Braadbaart

Online Writer
Published: 05/07/2018

Breaking into people's houses may seem like a young man's game, but new research from Churchill Home Insurance shows that, on average, two over-50-year-olds are arrested for burglary every single day. People should therefore beware of suspicious characters no matter their age.

Overall, they found that almost 3,000 people aged over 50 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in the last three and a half years, with Merseyside in particular seeing a high percentage of older burglars (10.2% out of all arrests) as well as the highest number of arrests for burglary of all researched constabularies. If you live around there, you may want to check twice to make sure you've locked your doors and windows.

In better news, aggravated burglary seems like a rare occurrence, with just 205 people found guilty of this in 2016, seven of which were 50+. That just leaves regular burglaries for us all to worry about, especially as people leave on their well-deserved holiday.

Even if you've checked and locked all doors and windows, set up a lamp that works on a timer and hidden your valuables, posting holiday pics on social media can still alert burglars that your home is theirs for the taking. Be wise about what your post, warn your neighbours, and make sure your home insurance policy is up to scratch in case something happens.

Martin Scott, head of Churchill home insurance, commented: "This research shows that burglary is a crime that is committed by offenders of all ages and it appears not all opportunistic thieves are young. In fact, with more experience under their belts, older burglars could present a greater threat than their younger counterparts. It is vital that homeowners remain vigilant and don't discount an older individual that may be surveilling their property."

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