Ways Brits try to deter thieves – from beware of dog signs to leaving car parked

Many are worried about leaving the properties for the day – so come up with creative ways to make themselves feel at ease.

While some fret about locking up properly, others feel anxious about burglaries and their personal belongings.

A survey of 2,000 adults found a third are more anxious about home security post-lockdown, with 48% more attached to their home and belongings now than ever before.

As a result, even if they are just going out for a day trip, 37% have asked a family member to go and double check the doors are locked on their home.

And more than one in 10 (13%) have asked neighbours or friends to park their car in their empty driveway when they are away for an extended period of time to make it look like someone is at home.

While more than one in 20 have even installed false ‘beware of the dog signs’ or fake CCTV cameras to deter thieves and protect their homes.

Some stick up “beware of the dog” signs in a bid to deter thieves

A spokesperson for Hive Homeshield, which commissioned the research, said: “Brits are more protective over their home’s security as they have been spending much more time in the house.

“Perhaps they have bought more expensive things during lockdown, or maybe they simply aren’t used to leaving the house for long periods.

“It’s one of the worst feelings when you are away and think you left the front door unlocked, or even the oven on, so it’s no surprise so many people have drafted in friends or family members to keep their minds at ease.”

The research also found security is the most important thing in the house for 45 per cent of Brits, with the average person spending £238 on protective measures.

But 21% don’t think the steps they have taken to protect their home are adequate, with a third just relying on locks on their windows and doors to keep thieves out.

Security lights (31%) and external (26%) and internal (25%) alarms are other common security measures.

However, 44% want to invest more in home safety, with 51% of those polled via OnePoll claiming more advance tech would make them feel less nervous about being broken in to.

The spokesperson from Hive said: “Home security is one of the most important things in the house as it can protect all you beloved belongings.

“It is a shame that we have to think so much about security, but our customers safety is our priority and something we keep at the forefront.

“If you have the right technology and home safety measures in place, it can be so much less stressful than worrying about break ins every time you leave the house.”

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