Securing the nation January 07

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Securing the nation January 07

  1. 1. Securing the Nation: The Case for Safer HomesJanuary 2007Jane MilneHead of Property and Creditor
  2. 2. What is the issue?• 655,000 households experienced at least one burglary within last 12 months = 1.6m people• Insurers pay out £1m per day to burglary victims and £1.5m per day to arson victims
  3. 3. What is the issue?• Burglary levels are falling – do we really need to do anything?• The total social and economic cost of a burglary has increased to £3,267 on average • Lack of security is the main reason a property is targeted • There are significant social equity issues
  4. 4. Where does the burden lie?• Inner city areas and the • But each of thesevery poor are 60-70% groups rank as themore likely to be burgled least likely to have insurance• Young households are163% more likely to be •Less than half haveburgled insurance•Single parent households •They also have leastare 148% more likely to be control over theirburgled housing security standards
  5. 5. The opportunities for action• Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 gives legal basis for Building Regulations on security• Regulation should be risk-based and proportionate• Full benefits of regulatory action should be taken into account• Voluntary approaches such as the code for Sustainable Homes do not deliver
  6. 6. Methodology• Focused on: •target hardening (SBD as a benchmark) •new builds and major refurbishments• Tested model using: •burglary rates of 5% with sensitivity analysis of 3% and 7% •burglary reduction rates of 50% with sensitivity analysis of 25% and 75%• Average cost of a burglary £3,300
  7. 7. Key Findings• Average cost of measures = £630 per home• Benefits: •£1,173 per home over 20 years •Year One 400,000 households benefit = £215m net savings •Over 20 years the regulations would save the economy over £3.2bn
  8. 8. What next?• Building Regulations based on SBD to protect people living in social and private housing• Strengthening of the Code for Sustainable Homes • No opt out on security • Greater weighting of security

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