The latest British Crime Survey quarterly crime update shows an increase in household burglary.
Latest crime stats show upward trend
The latest crime figures from the British Crime Survey (BCS) released today indicate household burglary had increased by 10%, and ‘other household theft’, including thefts from gardens and sheds, has increased 13%.
The BCS, which was compiled on the basis of interviews in June 2011, also shows a 7% rise in theft from the person, but a 9% drop in vandalism.
However, the Home Office’s Quarterly Update emphasized that the BCS figures showing a rise in burglary come alongside a 3% fall in police recorded burglaries, and were ‘not statistically significant’. The Quarterly Update, which compiles the BCS and police recorded crime, was recorded over the 12 months to this June and does not include the recent riots.
Which? Money expert Dan Moore says: ‘The different positions on the increase or fall in crime could be based on such factors as whether crimes such as burglary were reported to the police. In any event they bring home the need to take personal and household security seriously.
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This follows figures in August from NFU Mutual – a Which? Recommended Provider for home insurance – suggesting criminals are systematically targeting Britain’s farms with a 17% rise in ‘agri-crime’ over the last two years.
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Common exclusions include losses due to theft if you’ve let or sub-let your house, unless there are signs of forced entry, and cover for items like car sat navs. Even if they’re kept in your home they won’t usually be covered by contents insurance, and often aren’t covered by your car insurance policy either.
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