Homeowners hoping to protect their properties this November may need to invest in security fencing
, as darker nights provide rich pickings for thieves.
Research from Confused.com shows that the most home insurance theft claims are made in November, marking a 20 per cent rise from April when they are at their lowest.
Statistics suggest that the average cost of a burglary is £3,500, giving homeowners the incentive they need to invest in security measures.
Detective Superintendent of Essex Police Sean O'Callaghan commented: "The onset of darker evenings, marked by changing clocks, always signals a change of tactics by police towards preventing burglaries.
"The cover of darkness has obvious attractions to these criminals."
Confused.com made a number of suggestions on how to keep properties secure, such as ensuring all windows and doors are locked, and that valuables are kept out of sight.
Installing a burglar alarm is also an effective deterrent.
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