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Burglary surge predicted as criminals look to recoup lockdown losses.
As lockdown ends and we finally flee the confinement of our homes, experts predict a surge of burglaries, with new ONS data showing a 24% fall in burglaries during the lockdown and a 20% drop in house burglaries last year compared to 2019. It is estimated that burglars missed out on a huge £103.2million worth of crime in 2020, so it is no surprise that criminals may be on the lookout for vacant or unprotected homes.
According to analysis of government crime figures, there has been a 20% drop in house burglaries last year compared to 2019. Fears are now growing around a domestic burglary resurgence, as the lockdown restrictions are eased. As people begin returning to offices and heading off on holidays, many homes could soon be left vacant for long periods for the first time since March last year, encouraging burglars to try their luck.
Aston spoke to smart home expert from Netatmo Florian Deleuil to talk about the ways we can further improve our home setup and her predictions on what is to come.