Home burglaries increase dramatically during the summer months, according to insurer Aviva Canada.
Home burglaries increase dramatically during the summer with Friday the most likely day for break-ins, according to a report by insurer Aviva Canada.
The company found home burglaries are highest in August, followed by July and September and lowest in February. Friday is the favourite day of the week among thieves, showing the greatest incidence at 25 per cent higher than Sunday, the day with the lowest frequency of break-ins, according to Aviva insurance claims.
“A lot of people are taking Fridays off or working shorter work weeks these days,” explains Wayne Ross, the Toronto insurance giant’s vice-president, national property claims.
“And these thieves are generally casing these homes in advance, so they know when the people are away. They plan this stuff,” says Ross.
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Conversely, burglars are least likely to target your home on a Sunday because that’s when you are generally coming back from the cottage or vacation.
Thursday also shows a high break-in frequency at 19 per cent higher than Sunday, says data from Aviva, one of the largest property and casualty insurance groups in Canada.
The number of burglary claims is actually on the decline. Homeowners are taking more precautions by installing alarm systems, ensuring doors and windows are locked and not letting newspapers and flyers pile up on the front step, Ross says.
However the value of property stolen is on the rise. For Aviva Canada, the average cost of a burglary claim has increased 27 per cent over the last five years from $5,695 to $7,243.
The company says this can be attributed to the higher value of easier to steal and sell items such as jewelry, tablet and laptop computers, cell phones, video cameras and gaming consoles.
“Thieves are not in there very long, and they’re not taking 60-inch TVs anymore,” says Ross.
Aviva’s data between 2009 to 2013 show that Quebec homeowners have the highest frequency of break-ins at almost two times the national average. At just over one third of the national average, the Atlantic provinces have the lowest frequency.
Ontario sits 17 per cent below the national average, the firm says.
Aviva Canada recommends keeping your vacation plans off of social media and consider upgrading the locking systems on your doors and windows and installing a security device with a loud alarm or flashing lights.
You can also make a home look occupied when you’re away by parking a car in the driveway, leaving some household lights and a radio on and getting a neighbour to collect mail and newspapers and mow your lawn.
Aviva’s customer survey indicates only half of respondents have some form of home inventory, so the insurer recommends taking a video of the contents to save the stress and heartache of listing all of your possessions in the event of theft.