New research from RAA reveals home burglaries are just as likely to occur during the day as they are at night but homeowners aren’t aware of the threat.
“We surveyed over 750 South Australians and almost half of respondents (46 per cent) who had been burgled stated that their break-in happened during daytime hours (6am to 8pm),” said Kerry Bowles from RAA Secure Services.
“While over a quarter (29 per cent) said it happened between midday and 5pm and 27 per cent were unable to recall the time of their break-in.
“However, there’s this misconception that burglaries are most likely to happen at night time and you can relax your security during the day, but this is wrong.”
When asked what time a break-in is most likely to happen, 35 per cent thought night time (8pm to 6am) was most likely, 16 per cent thought there was a risk in the afternoon and over 41 per cent of respondents didn’t know.
Only 7 per cent of people thought there was a risk between 6am and midday, and only 1 per cent thought the early evening between 5pm and 8pm was most likely.
“We also found windows are the easiest target for burglars, with over 45 per cent of victims stating that thieves got into their house by forcing entry through a locked window or by breaking a window,” said Ms Bowles.
“A further 5 per cent admitted to leaving a window open allowing the burglar easy access and taking the total of window entries to 50 per cent.
“Thieves also gained access through a garage/shed entry (11 per cent) or forced entry through a back door (19 per cent).
“It’s important to keep security top of mind even when you are home during the day and not to become complacent in the warmer weather.
“Keep doors and windows locked at all times and don’t leave your valuables in easy reach, so you don’t become a soft target for opportunistic thieves.
“These statistics also show that thieves will easily damage property to force entry and gain access when no one if around, so locks can’t be relied on alone.
“Other security measures such as an alarm, deadlocks, security screens, asset protectors and light sensors will give you piece of mind that your family and possessions will remain safe,” said Ms Bowles.