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Crime Spikes Again: Burglars Enter Through Garage in 1 in 5 UK Thefts

12-15-2021 04:30 PM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: EasyFit Garage Doors

EasyFit Garage Doors

EasyFit Garage Doors

Latest research from Easyfit Garage Doors shows 50% of Brits don’t lock their garages despite previous break-in attempts, typically losing £3,000 worth of goods.

There were 20% fewer house burglaries nationwide in 2020, but those numbers are predicted to rise post-pandemic in 2021. How should homeowners deter these thieves?

When a burglar enters a UK home, they typically cause £1,413 in damage alone and steal £2,856 of goods. In 1 out of 5 of those break-ins, burglars enter through the garage.
But it’s not just the goods inside your home that are in danger.

There are 4.6m homes with garages across the nation, holding a total of £7.6billion-worth of possessions. At any moment in time, your garage can have £1,650 worth of items, not including cars. Yet more than a fifth of people don’t have any basic security in place for their gardens and outbuildings.

According to the Metropolitan Police, the top most common items stolen from garages are:

- Bikes: 39% of garage-theft victims had their bike stolen. Almost half of Brits store bikes in their garage, if you are one of them, an unsafe garage could set you back £200.

- Sports equipment: Nearly 50% of brits keep their gym and sports equipment in their garage. With many of us building our own home gym during lockdown, it is no surprise that 18% of items reported stolen refer to sporting equipment.

- Mowers: 64% of brits keep their gardening equipment in their garage, with the average value of a lawnmower being £60. That is over 176 million pounds at risk of being stolen. Nearly 1 in 4 victims reported lawnmowers taken from garages.

- Power tools and Garden tools: Garden tools and other DIY equipment can reach £200 on average, and accounts for 42% of thefts in garages, sheds and gardens.

Despite the fact that most have insurance, 77% of the garage, garden and shed theft victims have to pay to replace stolen items themselves, averaging approximately £300. And yet, half of those who have had attempted break-ins in the past, still do not keep their garage and sheds secure.

“A garage is an important part of the home but many people do not secure their garage in the same way they do their homes. An insecure garage makes it easy for an opportunistic burglar to take valuable items and use the tools to break into the main house, so garage security is more essential than ever.” Tracey Hudson, Director of EasyFit Garage Doors

Don’t give thieves a way in. Keep your garage safe:

Securing your garage doesn’t need to require the latest super-tech and costly commercial security solutions. Thanks to Easyfit’s garage door safety features, you can keep all your belongings safe.

To keep your garage contents secure, our doors have:

- A patented anti-lift locking system for maximum security.

- Approval by Secured by Design (Secured by Design is a nationally recognised UK Police Flagship initiative dedicated to improving safety against crime).

- Automatic remote control systems with a wired Safety Edge Safety System to give you peace of mind.

For more information or images, please contact Alice Bucknall, Email: alice@easyfitgaragedoor.co.uk

EasyFit Garage Doors
Farfield House,
Pinewood Road,
Ashley Heath,
Shropshire,
TF9 4PR

EasyFit Garage Doors is a family-owned and managed business that specialises in high-quality DIY roller and sectional garage doors.
EasyFit Garage Doors has been supplying roller garage doors for over 20 years. Their range of garage doors from highly-regarded brands Alutech, Hormann and SecureRoll guarantees premium quality control.

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