All tricks and no treats during ‘mischief week'

Almost a quarter of all Britons (23 per cent) have fallen victim to ‘mischief week' according to new research from Santander General Insurance.

The findings reveal that the 11.3 million people who have suffered damage to their home in the period around Halloween and bonfire night have faced average bills of £324.00 in repair fees.

all tricks and no treats during ‘mischief week'

All tricks and no treats during ‘mischief week’

Around 5.9 million Britons (12 per cent) have had eggs thrown at their home, six per cent have suffered damage to their garden whilst three per cent have had their property damaged by stray fireworks. 

A further three per cent have suffered property damage from sparklers or stray fireworks and the same percentage from items such as firecrackers or ‘silly string’ being put through the letterbox.

Two per cent of adults have been victims of broken windows, the same percentage as those who have had graffiti on their home. Most shockingly, says Santander, more than two per cent of Brits have been violently attacked by people using fireworks as weapons.

Those living in the North West of England are most at risk of property damage during ‘mischief week’, with 31 per cent of residents in the region having already fallen victim to vandalism in previous years. 

 In contrast to this, residents in Scotland are least likely to suffer at this time with only 14 per cent of residents north of the border having ever experienced such vandalism.

Whilst those in the North West have suffered the most to damage to their home, it seems those living in London have the biggest bill to pay. 

The approximate value of damage to Londoners’ homes is £457, twice as much as those living in the East Midlands, whose average bill for damage to their home is £228.

Region Average value of damage to home:

•    London               £457  
•    East of England £406  
•    Scotland             £393  
•    Wales                 £357  
•    South East          £338  
•    Yorks & Humber  £321  
•    North West         £269  
•    West Midlands   £267  
•    South West         £246  
•    Northern Ireland £243  
•    North East          £241  
•    East Midlands    £228  

“The period around Halloween and bonfire night can be a frightening time for many as communities are subject to anti-social behaviour and criminal damage,” said Miguel Sard, CEO for Santander Insurance,.

“Not only is there a risk of property and possessions being damaged, but with many people out and about viewing fireworks or trick or treating, burglars see this as a great opportunity to enter people’s homes.

“We would advise all homeowners to make sure that the main entrances to their homes are secure, and to make the property look occupied, even if it isn’t.

“For peace of mind and to minimise the inconvenience if any damage is caused, we also urge people to keep their property and possessions protected with comprehensive home insurance such as Santander’s ‘Peace of Mind’ insurance.”

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