One in ten would go to social media rather than the police following a break-in at home

Property Reporter
19th November 2020
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A new study by Aviva has found that more than a quarter of UK residents wouldn’t report an unsuccessful break-in at their home to the police.

According to the research, just 63% of UK adults would report an attempted unlawful entry at their home to the police immediately. A further 10% would inform the police only at a later time, when convenient to them. This leaves 27% of the population who wouldn’t tell law enforcers.

The study into burglaries and attempted break-ins also found that two-fifths of residents would tell neighbours of an attempted burglary at their home, while 18% would raise the alarm via a community social media group. However, one in 10 would do nothing at all to inform others.

People are more likely to report ‘suspicious’ behaviour than experiences of an attempted burglary on social media channels. 28% would post on social community groups if they saw someone acting in a questionable manner - for example, hanging around or taking photos of properties in their neighbourhood.

In fact, 9% would post details on social media if they saw someone acting suspiciously in their neighbourhood, but wouldn’t report it to the police.

However, attitudes to publicising incidents via social media are mixed. While 63% of people say they find such posts useful, 24% believe they are inappropriate, as innocent actions may be misinterpreted.

Sarah Applegate, Insight and Strategy Lead, Global General Insurance, Aviva says: "If a burglary is “unsuccessful” - in the sense that no-one has managed to break in or take belongings - people may think it’s not worth reporting to the police. But by informing the authorities, this may help them to track criminal behaviours and concentrate resources in a particular location.

"Aviva home theft claims show a 15%(2) increase during October and November when thieves have the opportunity to hide under the cover of darkness. We’d encourage people to be on their guard and to report any burglaries or attempted break-ins through the official channels and not rely solely on social media to keep people informed."

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