Burglars avoid posh homes and cars
Published 30/03/2011 | 00:18
Burglars often avoid expensive homes or those with posh cars in the drive, believing they would be harder to break into, according to new research.
Interviews with people awaiting trial suggested that burglars believed more expensive properties would have better security or be occupied more often.
Halifax Home Insurance said the questioning of 24 people showed that burglars had a "shopping list" of items they could sell quickly, including games consoles, mobile phones, jewellery and alcohol.
The study showed that burglars often just looked through a window to see if any valuables were on show, or went though rubbish bins for evidence of packaging.
"It's clear that burglars take a lot of factors into consideration when choosing a home to break into and deciding what to steal," said Martyn Foulds of Halifax Home Insurance.