June 10, 2014
Data from Aviva Canada show that residential burglary claims increase dramatically over the summer months. Compared to February – which has the lowest frequency of burglaries – July, August and September show an increase of 24%, 36% and 18% respectively.
While the frequency of burglary is on the decline in Canada, the value of property being stolen is on the rise. For Aviva Canada, the average value of a burglary claim has increased 27% over the last five years from $5,695 to $7,243.
This can be attributed to the value of easier to steal and sell items such as jewelry, tablet and laptop computers, cell phones, video cameras and gaming consoles. “Thieves are generally not after larger items such as big screen TVs and stereo systems,” says Wayne Ross.
Aviva insurance claims data also indicates that break-ins are more common at the start of the weekend, with Friday showing the greatest incidence at 25% higher than Sunday, the day with the lowest incidence of break-ins.
“While we are pleased to see a general trend of decline in the instance of burglaries, Canadians need to be reminded that a few simple steps can help make them less of a target for this crime,” Ross adds. “Thieves know that homes are less occupied through the summer, so don’t make it easy to tell that you’re away.”
Aviva Canada suggests these precautions:
This story was originally published by Canadian Insurance Top Broker.