Crime fears send burglar alarm sales soaring

Published:  04 October, 2010

YEOVIL: An unprecedented surge in the sale of burglar alarms at Screwfix has coincided with this year’s Autumn solstice. Sales of intruder alarms at Screwfix were up 137% last week on the previous week and 177% over a fortnight. Sales of security lighting were up 119% on the previous week.

John Mewett, a director at Screwfix, said: “Early Autumn is typically the time in the year when households start to think more about home security, but this dramatic surge in sales is unprecedented. If these sales reflect an overall national trend, burglars will definitely face more limited windows of opportunity this Autumn and Winter.”

Sales of security-related products recorded their highest increase at Screwfix outlets in the East Midlands where sales were up 287%.

The news comes as official burglary figures for the UK point to a mixed picture. An overall national decline in domestic burglary in August was tempered by the news that there were several blackspots where break-ins and thefts surged.

A study for moneysupermarket.com recently plotted the UK’s top burglary blackspots, with Manchester, London and Leeds particularly badly hit:

  1. Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Firswood, Manchester
  2. Blackheath, south London
  3. Hammersmith, west London
  4. Finsbury Park, north London
  5. Roundhay, Leeds
  6. Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire
  7. Wythenshawe, Northenden, Manchester
  8. Chiswick, Gunnersbury, Turnham Green, west London
  9. Austhorpe, Leeds
  10. Battersea, south London

Earlier this week the Metropolitan Police warned Londoners to lock their doors and windows after official figures revealed that burglars were able to simply walk into homes in more than 5000 of the burglaries that occurred last year.

The force has launched a new awareness campaign to remind homeowners about locking their doors, using breakfast radio ads and digital advertising displays to reinforce the message “lock before you leave”.

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