Nearly two thirds of UK householders worry about the prospect of their homes being broken into and more than half believe the threat of crime in their area is getting worse, according to new research by Neighbourhood Watch.

The survey, of over 25,000 adults, also found that 95% of people believe the increasing cost of living and the subsequent pressure on some households’ incomes may turn more people to crime.

Neighbourhood Watch CEO John Hayward-Cripps said: “The results from our latest National Crime and Community Survey show that burglary remains a key concern for people up and down the country.”

It is estimated that a burglary takes place every 106 seconds in the UK and with more than 400,000 domestic burglaries reported in 2022, it ranks within the top five most common crimes in the UK, which is why prevention remains a big focus for Neighbourhood Watch.

Era is working with Neighbourhood Watch in launching their WIDE(N) campaign to alert householders to how to reduce the risk of being burgled. The manufacturer’s product and customer support manager, Sumier Foster-Shah, said: “With continued concern about local crime, it’s timely for window and door manufacturers to share home security advice with their customers, and to recommend the latest certified solutions that will provide maximum protection for homes and families.

“Smart home security devices, such as our new TouchKey solution, along with traditional hardware, including our 3* cylinders and multi-point door locks, are all effective security solutions that window, and door manufacturers can offer to homeowners that will help protect their property and provide peace of mind.”

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