Lockdown changed our attitudes to home security

By Neil Shaw

The pandemic transformed our attitudes towards our homes, with a third (32%) of us becoming more security conscious during lockdown. But as restrictions ease, staying connected to our homes has become less of a priority amongst the excitement, with as many as two-fifths (42%) of Brits not considering home security since lockdown restrictions lifted.

Home security company Ring has launched the first chapter of its new report on the value of the home.

Thanks to improved relationships with neighbours during lockdown and the comfort that those next door would keep an eye on their home while they're away (31%), as well as new (14%) and existing (23%) security systems, research shows that the majority (90%) of those surveyed feel their homes are safe as lockdown restrictions ease.

Ring’s research finds that nearly half of us (45%) worry that we would no longer feel safe in our homes following a burglary. Whether it’s photos and videos that have sentimental value, or a family heirloom, the loss of these items is the second-leading concern for Brits (21%) when thinking about being burgled.


Our personal devices, like phones, tablets and laptops, are more valuable than we realise, holding important information such as addresses and financial details, useful documents, and sentimental photos, videos and memories, making them much harder to replace. A third (33%) of Brits would be worried about this personal information stored on devices if they were stolen, and a similar proportion (31%) are concerned about the loss of meaningful documents or photos.

We’re a nation of animal lovers and, as a result of lockdown, we’ve been spending even more time with our pets, with this close attachment impacting our plans and making us more conscious of how to stay connected, from popping to the shops, to even working from another room.

Since restrictions have eased, as many as four in ten (41%) Brits have cancelled plans to avoid leaving pets at home alone, compared to 26% who did so pre-lockdown. This trend is most prevalent amongst 18–34-year-olds, 61% of whom have cancelled plans.

As we transition out of lockdown, it has become clear that WFH is here for the longer term and more than half of workers (56%) are keeping work devices in their property, with three in five (60%) concerned about keeping these devices safe. As a result, nearly a third (31%) have invested in additional security measures.


In addition, three in ten (29%) Brits admit to leaving a laptop or phone on show in their home at least once a week, with one in eight (13%) doing so daily.

Dave Ward, Managing Director of Ring, Europe, said: “Our homes hold so much more value than bricks and mortar. For many, it’s our safe space, home to sentimental objects, treasured memories, and storage for our personal belongings, including numerous devices. Over the past 18 months, our relationship with home has changed - from becoming our work space or school, to acting as a safe haven for loved ones and pets alike. It's so important not to become complacent when it comes to staying connected to our homes”.

Many Brits admit to being complacent around home security - however 58% have considered changes to their home security since restrictions eased. When it comes to staying connected to the home, half (49%) are looking for a general peace of mind and sense of security, while 26% would like the ability to see less visible parts of their property.

“Protecting our homes doesn’t have to mean major changes; from checking windows are locked, adding lighting around your home as the nights get darker, we want to encourage everyone to keep thinking about their home security and how they can stay connected to their homes as we head into the winter months”.


Actor, footballer and TV personality Vinnie Jones has partnered with Ring to share his experience of burglary and encourage consumers to consider their home security set-up and measures.

“I’ve had my own experiences with burglary. I popped out for 10 minutes to go to my local chippy and when I came back, I found four guys trying to run off with my car and TV. Thankfully, I was able to chase one of them down and catch them, but it shows that anyone can be a victim of burglary, even me. That’s why I’m working with Ring to raise awareness of the importance of keeping your home safe, wherever you are in the world. Away or close by, you need security.”

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