Landlords, beware of new facts from Ocean Finance that claim young people are more likely to be victims of burglary in their homes than older occupiers.
The study found that almost one in five 25-34 year olds have had their homes broken into in the past five years – three times the amount of the overall UK population.
According to the findings, over half of those who have been the victims of a break-in during the last five years moved house as a result, rising to 63% of 25-34 year olds.
By contrast, just 2% of people over 55 have had their homes burgled in the past five yeas, making young people nine times more likely to be the victims of burglary than the over-55s.
Overall, 64% of UK adults say that they always feel safe in their homes. However, this drops to 55% of those aged 18-24, and 53% for 25-34 year olds. The figure for those aged 55 and over is 73%.
Interestingly, homeowners tend to feel safer in their homes than tenants, with 69% of those who own their own homes saying they always feel safe, compared to 57% of renters. However, just 3% of tenants have been burgled in the past five years, compared to 8% of owner-occupiers.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, London is the region with the highest number of burglaries, with one in ten saying they have been victims in the last five years. Contrastingly, this number drops to just 4% in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Ian Williams, of Ocean Finance, comments: “The vast majority of people feel safe at home most of the time, and property crime is still comparatively rare.
“Ironically, people who rent tend to feel less safe at home, although they are in fact less likely to suffer a break-in. Overall, younger homeowners, particularly in urban areas, are far more likely than any other group to be burgled.”