Domestic burglaries ‘may lead to debt concerns’

The number of distraction burglaries in Britain over the last five years stands at around three million – suggesting a number of victims could be left…

The number of distraction burglaries in Britain over the last five years stands at around three million – suggesting a number of victims could be left facing financial difficulty.

New research released by Sainsbury’s Home Insurance has revealed that the average person who suffers the crime loses items to the value of £1,230.

Less than half of the individuals who were targeted reported the incident to the police.

The study relates to bogus callers and distraction thieves and comes after the British Crime Survey noted that household robberies rose in the last 12 months for the first time in six years.

Ben Tyte, manager of the supermarket branch, said: “Reports of an increase in domestic burglary are obviously a concern and these findings suggest that a worrying number of people are falling victim to so-called distraction burglary.”

A survey recently carried out by Direct Line Travel Insurance showed that a number of Britons are having belongings stolen by thieves while on holiday abroad.

By Joe Shervin

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