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Property crime drops by half since mid-90s


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15 Jul 2013

Property crime has fallen by half since the mid-1990s, new data shows, as thieves increasingly move towards targeting expensive portable items.

Vandalism, car-related theft and burglary dropped substantially, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), while lower-volume personal thefts continued to rise.

ONS says that the changing trends are mostly down to a growing preference for targeting high-end portable items such as MP3 players, smartphones and tablets, which are more difficult to protect against theft....

Help to Buy lifting house sales


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8 Jul 2013

One of Britain’s largest house-builders Persimmon, has revealed how the Help to Buy scheme has helped  lift property reservation rates by a third in the first half of the year.

Persimmon revealed that 1,124 private homes have been purchased since Help to Buy launched in March, marking a 30% increase on the last quarter of 2012. ...

Brits lose the keys to a fortune


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27 Jun 2013

Brits need to be more careful where they leave their keys, it appears, since research shows that Brits can’t stop losing keyfobs that could open the door to a fortune.

The average bunch of keys provides access to more than £28,000 in goods, according to the recent research. But Brits rarely think about the risk that comes with losing them, since more than half of UK homeowners said they worried more about losing their purse or wallet than their keys....

Property prices expected to rise across the UK over next 12 months


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19 Jun 2013

Households across the UK expect the value of their home to rise over the next 12 months as optimism over future price rises reaches its highest level in three years, according to a new report.

Londoners are the most optimistic about house price rises over the next year, closely followed by those in the East Midlands, while those in the North East expect the most modest increase in values, the latest Knight Frank and Markit House Price Sentiment Index shows....

Drilling under the influence: Brits admit to drunken DIY


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15 Jun 2013

As many as 3.3 million Brits have attempted DIY when they were drunk in the past year, according to research.

The new study found that 11% of men and three per cent of women confessed to trying to undertake DIY or other home improvements after two or more drinks.

Although this much alcohol would likely push them above the legal limit for driving, Brits were still willing to risk handling powertools and other potentially dangerous equipment....