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Bonfire Night is statistically the worst night of the year for theft and burglaries. Homeowners are being urged to compare home insurance in preparation.

Bonfire Night is statistically the worst night of the year for theft and burglaries. Homeowners are being urged to compare home insurance in preparation.

Bonfire Night is statistically the worst night of the year for theft and burglaries. Homeowners are being urged to compare home insurance in preparation.

November 5th according to research by Aviva is the worst day of the year for break-ins to homes and cars and Halloween sees a 15% rise in malicious damage claims to the home.

British Summer Time (BST) officially ends on 31st October - Halloween - meaning darker nights will also make the risk of suffering from burglaries higher, with home burglaries found to increase by five percent in the darker winter months.

"Obviously the extra hours of darkness give opportunistic thieves more time and better cover to slip unnoticed into your home or garden shed," says Rob Townend, Aviva's property claims director.

"On top of that we have Halloween that often becomes a night of more damaging tricks than treats, and bonfire night which means plenty of homeowners are out enjoying parties so cars are left unattended and homes empty."

Car thefts were also found to have risen by 2 percent more than an average day, and other top malicious damage claims reported from Halloween include smashed windows, damage to doors, vandalism to vehicles, food fighting with eggs and flour, and damage to garden property.

Homeowners are being urged to take care around this time of year and put away valuable garden ornaments or plant pots; putting cars in garages and making the house look lived in if you are out celebrating.

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