Burglary can have “disturbing effect” on children, say Victim Support and ADT
Almost 300,000 children could be affected by a burglary at their property in England and Wales each year, says new research compiled by Ipsos Mori on behalf of charity Victim Support and ADT, the security specialist.
The research, which sampled 1000 adults in England and Wales, was carried out between January and February this year. An additional 53 people between the ages of 11 and 17 who were present during a burglary or attempted burglary were also polled.
The research found that of the 53 children surveyed, nearly one in three suffered nightmares as a result of a burglary, and one in three also said their self-confidence suffered as a consequence.
Of the adults surveyed, one in ten said it affected their children’s schoolwork and the same number reported instances of bed-wetting after the incident.
A quarter of parents reported disturbed sleep in their children after a break in.
Parents of children whose home was broken into when they were not present also reported effects on children’s self confidence, sleep and wellbeing.
Speaking on behalf of Victim Support, Assistant Chief Executive Adam Pemberton said:
These findings paint a disturbing picture about the hidden impact burglary has on children. We know that this is a serious issue for tens of thousands of families across England and Wales. Victims tell us time and again that they suffer far more than material loss when their home is burgled.”
He went on to highlight the importance of crime prevention advice for families and how emotional and practical support should be accessible for families that have experienced a burglary at their property.