A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut, as part of the Brighter Britain report, found that one in four Brits (25%) feel nervous about the security of their property if they are out for the evening or away from home. Indeed, as many as one in five (21%) confessed to feeling nervous or insecure in their own property, when home alone. Perhaps not surprising when the research also found that one in ten has a friend or family member who has been burgled.
At a time when Brits are naturally concerned about the security in their home, the survey asked about the measures they are taking to secure their homes and found that lighting is playing a central role. An overwhelming number of those surveyed (97%) say they use some form of lighting as a security measure in their home.
Indeed, lighting ranked higher than any other type of security measure in the study which asked UK homeowners how they aim to keep their homes safe outdoor security light (40%) topping the list of security measures being taking with leaving the lights on (27%) and leaving the lights on a timer (31%).
Paul Garner, ecommerce & marketing director at LED Hut commented: “Given the expense people go to at this time of year, it’s only natural that people are concerned about break-ins and burglaries in their homes at Christmas. There are often hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of presents in the home, not to mention the decorations and the additional food and drink stocking up the kitchen which people have worked hard to buy. Security lights are a relatively small investment that could scare off an intruder from breaking into the home. Simple tactics such as leaving lights on when you go out, are also likely to help.”