Weekends, when burglars go to work

Saturday is the day you are most likely to be burgled, followed by Sunday.

In NZ, research shows that weekends are the days when the most burglaries take place.

In NZ, research shows that weekends are the days when the most burglaries take place.

Crime figures out from police reports have been data crunched by the Herald (see full article) and they make for some surprising reading, particularly in regard to the days of the week when most household burglaries take place.

Looking at the date info from the police reports, the Herald has worked out that the day with the most burglaries in NZ is Saturday, followed by Sunday. Friday and Monday are the next most likely days.

And in terms of time of the day, those committing burglary head out and about after lunch, with break-ins around 2pm being the most common. Most burglars strike from 11am to 4pm.

So, does this data surprise us and what can we do about it?

Well, in some ways it is a little surprising as most people would assume that most break-ins occur on weekdays when householders are at work and the kids are at school, meaning there is less likelihood of people being inside a home. It seems not to be the case however.

Put yourself in the shoes of burglar for a minute and it might help to figure out where these patterns come from. Here’s some theories:

  • Kiwis love their weekends. Kids sport and activities on Saturday, trips to the beach, the golf course, the ski field, off mountain biking, catching up with friends, BBQs, seeing relatives, doing a spot of gardening in the back garden (and leaving the front door open!), checking out the bargains in town or at the mall, and the regular supermarket shopping to be done. The list of things to do on those two precious days is endless. And the common theme, generally you out and about and so is the entire family.
  • People drop by to say hello on weekends, so if a burglar wants to be slightly more incognito, then wandering the streets or up to front doors on a weekend may raise less suspicion than during a weekday.
  • The majority of burglaries are opportunistic. Sure, there are organised burglary groups, but by many accounts, these are less common. Maybe it is the case that as there are more people just hanging around on the weekend, which makes opportunistic break-ins statistically more likely to happen.
  • Many articles also point to break-ins being a way thieves to pay for some sort of habit or addiction. Could it be that people are more likely to indulge in these habits or addictions over the weekend, and so commit crime to gain money when it is most needed?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on why weekends are the most likely time for burglaries to take place.

If you are looking to enjoy you weekends with less worry about the risks of coming home to an unpleasant and frustrating discovery, then maybe have a quick read of these home security tips we wrote in a blog post last year titled “Burglary Prevention Tips for New Zealand homes


by CleverLoop Team
June 28, 2017