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Homeowners hit by crime heat-wave

- Rising temperatures see neighbour disputes reach boiling point and burglaries soar -

Posted on 23 Jul 2013

  • Majority of neighbour disputes take place during the summer (55%)
  • Summer-loving activities such as loud music (17%), noise from parties (12%) and smoke from BBQs (5%) all to blame for fallings-out with those next door
  • Thefts from the home are higher during the summer months (Jun-Aug) than during the winter (Dec- Feb)
  • Nearly a quarter of victims (23%) were on holiday when their home was broken into

With the nation in the grip of a heat wave, Brits are taking to their gardens to enjoy the sunshine – however the summer heat can bring a particular chill to relations over the garden fence.

New research from reveals how rising temperatures often serve to bring neighbourly disputes to boiling point, with the majority of arguments happening between June and August (55%).

Simmering tensions between neighbours can peak as barbecues run in to the late hours, loud sound systems blare from open windows and hot-tub motors whirr away for entire afternoons. According to the findings, the most common summer-loving activities causing these feuds are loud music (17%), noise from parties (12%) and smoke from BBQs (5%).

And it’s not just neighbour disputes that make the summer a hot-bed for crime. According to figures from, claims for thefts from the home are higher during the summer months (Jun-Aug) than during the winter (Dec- Feb).*

This could be down to the fact that more homes are left unoccupied over the summer as people enjoy their holidays - nearly a quarter of victims (23%) were on holiday when their home was broken into

Summer burglaries could also be attributed to a more relaxed attitude adopted by people over the summer months, as people socialise in their gardens and enjoy the sunshine. According to the research, more than a quarter of burglaries (27%) occur as a result of the intruder entering through an open door or window.

It seems this blasé attitude to home security is being adopted by too many people, with one in five Brits (20%) admitting that they don’t have any security measures in place to deter burglars. Worryingly, a fifth of burglary victims (22%) did not have home insurance in place when the break-in occurred either.

Gareth Lane, Head of Home Insurance at comments:

“Everyone wants to enjoy the good weather, however we want to remind people to be considerate of their neighbours.

“Having a good relationship with your neighbours can be extremely beneficial. As well as keeping an eye on your property when you’re away, good neighbour relations can also help to build a strong sense of community to help reduce crime in the area.”


Notes to editors:
All figures taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll Research on behalf of An online poll of 2,000 nationally representative sample of UK adults, age 18+. Conducted between 28 and 30 June 2013.

*According to home insurance claims data from dating from 2007-2012 (6 years in total), there are more claims for thefts from the home during the summer months – Jun, July August = 4,617 compared to the winter months Dec, Jan, Feb = 4,537

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