25-34 year olds more likely to be a victim of property crime

25-34 year olds more likely to be a victim of property crime

A new report from Ocean Finance has found that almost 1 in 5 25-34 year olds say that they have had their home broken into in the past five years - this figure is 3 times the amount of the overall UK population.

According to the findings, over half of those who have been the victims of a break in during the past five years moved house as a result, rising to 63% of 25-34 year olds.

By contrast, just 2% of people over 55 say that they have had their homes burgled in the past five years, making young people 9 times more likely to have their homes broken into than the over 55s.


Overall, 64% of UK adults say that they always feel safe in their own homes.  But amongst young people aged 18-24 this drops to 55% and for those 25-34 the figure is 53%.  The figure for those aged 55 is 73%.

Interestingly, homeowners tend to feel safer in their homes than tenants – with 69% of owners saying that they always feel safe at home, compared to 57% of renters.  This is despite the fact that 3% of tenants say they have been burgled in the past five years, compared to 8% of owner-occupiers.

Perhaps unsurprisingly London is the region with the highest number of home invasions – with one in 10 saying they been a victim in the past five years. By contrast the proportion in Scotland and Northern Ireland is 4%.

Ian Williams, from Ocean Finance, said: “The vast majority of people feel safe at home most of the time and property crime is still comparatively rare. Ironically, people who rent tend to feel less safe at home, although they are, in fact, less likely to suffer a break in. Overall, younger homeowners, particularly in urban areas, are far more likely than any other group to be burgled.”

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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sean benton 01 Sep 2017

Identity theft is a thread for any profession. So,people should stay alarmed. I once take help from a letting agent and came to know that letting agents are taking every precaution to prevent fraudulent...

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Mark N.
Mark N. 30 Aug 2017

We have seen a surge in instructions over August and that should continue into September too.

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Chris
Chris 30 Aug 2017

Unfortunately, all the legislation bears its force on Landlords and ignores, naively, the effect of Rogue Tenants on the ability of landlords to keep houses in repair and offer properties for rent at reasonable...

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Christian Donovan
Christian Donovan 18 Aug 2017

The write-down on house values, combined with the fall in the GBP saddled the fund?s property portfolio with a 1.4% loss in the second quarter. The shocking amount of $240 million.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

Interesting point of view.

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