Aviva Canada warns burglaries spike in summer months
TORONTO, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - This time of year, Canadians are taking
advantage of the warmer weather and spending more time outdoors. Aviva
Canada Inc., one of the country's leading providers of home, auto,
leisure and business insurance, is reminding residents that summer is
also an opportune time for thieves to strike.
Aviva insurance claims data shows that residential burglaries spike in
summer months with a 13 percent, 20 percent and 31 percent higher
frequency in June, July and August respectively, than April, which
shows the lowest occurrence of residential theft claims.
"The key factor is more opportunity," said Wayne Ross, Vice President of
National Property Claims at Aviva Canada. "As residents are out of
their homes more frequently and for longer periods of time in the
summer months, there is more opportunity for burglaries to occur."
Aviva insurance claims data also indicates that break-ins are more
common at the start of the weekend, with Friday showing the greatest
incidence at 26% higher than Sunday, the day with the lowest incidence
of break-ins. The good news for Canadians is that burglaries overall
are on the decline, with Aviva data showing an over 42 percent decline
in burglary claims between 2003 and 2010. National data from Statistics Canada also shows a 4 percent decline in break and enters between 2008 and
However, while the frequency of this type of crime is on the decline,
the value of property being stolen is on the rise. Since 2003, the
average dollar value of the articles stolen from burglaries has
increased 36 per cent from $4,555 to $6,190 in 2010 - attributable to
the popularity of easy to grab valuable items such as laptops, cell
phones and video game consoles.
Based on 2005 to 2010 Aviva Canada data, Quebec homeowners have the
highest frequency of break-ins at two times that of the national
average. At just over one third of the national average, the Atlantic
Provinces have the lowest frequency of burglary claims.
Frequency of Burglaries (vs. National Average)
99% above the national average
43% above the national average
20% above the national average
SK, NT, NU, YK*
4% above the national average
2% above the national average
20% below the national average
64% below the national average
"Intruders usually enter your home through one of three ways - through
the basement, forcing entry through a window or door, or simply opening
an unlocked door or window," said Ross. "Homeowners can take simple
precautions to prevent an intruder from entering their property."
Aviva Canada suggests these precautions:
If your windows are old, consider upgrading to newer models with
improved locking systems. Ensure all windows are locked when out of the
home or overnight;
Make a home look occupied when you're away. Try parking a car in the
driveway, leaving some household lights on, or asking a neighbour to
collect mail and newspapers;
Install a security device with a loud alarm or flashing lights. Some
alarms contact authorities directly when they have been activated;
Use deadbolt locks on all doors, and when moving into a new property
have the locks changed.
If you return home to find you've been the victim of a burglary, contact
your insurance broker as soon as possible. Aviva also offers a single
point of contact to begin the claims process quickly and efficiently.
The toll-free claims line is 1-866-MY AVIVA, and it's open 24/7 so
customers can talk to an Aviva Claims Care Advisor immediately.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada Inc. is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance
groups in Canada, providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle,
group and business insurance to more than three million customers. The
group has more than 3,000 employees, 33 locations, 1,700 independent
broker partners and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc,
the world's sixth-largest insurance group. For more information visit avivacanada.com.
*Burglary claim counts in NB, NF, NS, PE, SK, NT, NU and YT were
combined due to low frequency.
SOURCE Aviva Canada Inc.
For further information:
Senior Manager, Public Relations, Aviva Canada Inc.
Mobile (416) 523-3225
Desk: (416) 288-2685