While we are gearing up for Diwali and making our homes festive-ready, its safety seems to be less of a priority. However, this year, we may have to review it as 65% of cops foresee an increase in home robberies and break-ins post complete lifting of the lockdown. This startling insight is from Godrej Locks ‘Har Ghar Surakshit Report 2020: Safety Insights from India’s Police Force’, which captures views of police officers from across India. The cops were surveyed to understand how home safety is observed by citizens and the impact of COVID-19 on crime levels. The report has been unveiled as prelude to Home Safety Day, which is observed on 15th November.
Har Ghar Surakshit Report 2020 by Godrej Locks, stresses on the vulnerability of Indian homes, showing that independent homes and private apartments are more prone to robberies. Break-in incidences were higher during the night and midnight hours. Speaking of home safety solutions, 64% of cops found locks to be the most important. However, most people do not change or upgrade the locking systems of their homes.
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The report states that 71% of cops agree people start taking home safety seriously only after they experience a break-in. While, 64% of cops stressed that people do not adopt safety practices, which makes them prone to home break-ins. Additionally, 68% of cops observed that people rely on neighbours/househelp/watchmen for their safety. It is noted that there is no proactive implementation of safety measures when it comes to protecting lives and physical assets within homes. The research also pointed out that 65% of cops felt that the public perception of the police improved during the lockdown.
Sharing his views on the research report, Shyam Motwani, EVP and Business Head, Godrej Locks, stated, “The Har Ghar Surakshit 2020 report provides an eye-opening revelation concerning home safety, coming right from our trusted safety custodians — the police. Safety this year is more crucial due to the pandemic as well as a 65% projected increase in home robberies and break-ins post the lockdown. As we observe Diwali and Home Safety Day together along with the second anniversary of Har Ghar Surakshit this year, we call for collective efforts by authorities and citizens to adopt measures to safeguard homes.”
Diwali is the ideal occasion when homes are decorated, renovated and upgraded. Be it furniture, home décor elements or artefacts, the festive season calls for new additions to the living space. This year being one of changes and adapting to new situations, people should prioritise their home safety.