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Boomerang Brits return to check their home is secure 3,136 over their lifetime



Rianne Ojeh
Phone: +44 (0)1895 838 822


Bosch Team at Good Relations


2017-06-23 | United Kingdom | Corporate News

  • More than half of Brits worry about home security
  • Nearly a fifth forget to shut the windows or turn off the lights
  • One in six have been late for work checking their front door was locked

Worried homeowners will return to the house to double-check they have locked the front door 3,136 times over their lifetime, according to new research by Bosch UK. The average person returns once a week, but the study found that over 5% of Boomerang Brits are returning almost daily.

The Bosch Smart Home Study found that over half of those polled admit to being a worrier when it comes to home security, despite actually locking up properly 77% of the time. More than four in 10 people say locking the front door is their biggest concern, while 21% worry about whether they’ve shut the windows. Women worried the most, with 58% saying they were concerned their home security, compared to 46% of the men surveyed.

The study looked at the impact of home security worries on our everyday lives. It found that one in six people have been late for work due to returning to the house to lock the front door properly, while one in 20 have missed an important appointment. One in 10 admit they’ve been so concerned about the house they’ve phoned a neighbour to check on it, while one in 20 have called a friend at work to ask them to nip round.

Bank Holiday Homesick

When going on holiday, 66% of travellers admit they worry about how safe their house will be – so much so, 13% have cut a holiday short because they couldn’t think about anything else. This means that, during the Bank Holiday weekend, over 4 million of us will worry about their home’s safety whilst away. Women are far more likely to worry, with only 28% saying they don’t worry whilst away, compared to 40% of men.

The research coincides with the launch of Bosch’s Smart Homes portfolio in the UK, with products such as the smart plug, window and door sensor and 360-degree indoor camera on shelves now.

Commenting on the findings, Steffen Hoffmann, President of Bosch UK said:

“As our lives get busier, we’re increasingly used to coordinating our lives on our smart phones. It’s little wonder that being unable to check on our homes remotely is leaving us feeling a little homesick.

Our study found that a large number of us are concerned about our home safety. Whether it’s forgetting to lock doors, close windows or turning off the oven, these niggling doubts eat away at our sense of security.

Smart technology used to be for just those early adopters, but our new Smart Home portfolio is designed specifically to bring security and convenience to everyone in your everyday life, helping to address the worries and fears our research highlighted”.

The study found that it’s not just home security measures that busy Brits have a habit of forgetting, it’s also about turning appliances off. 12% admit to accidentally leaving the TV on, 6% forget to turn off their straighteners and 4% say they often leave the iron switched on.

But despite being worried about their home safety and security, only a small number have put formal measures in place to protect their homes. Just a third of us have a burglar alarm and just 16% have motion sensors. Worryingly, three in 10 people admit they have no security measures in place. Despite the security and convenience benefits of smart technology, just under four in 10 homeowners have considered buying a smart device to help prevent them from worrying about leaving their property unattended or leaving appliances on.

Instead, respondents preferred to leave the lights on when leaving the house or asking a neighbour to keep an eye on things if they are going to be away for a long time. Some 7% prefer just saying “it’s locked” out loud in front of their door to help give themselves peace of mind.

Hoffmann concluded:

“Something as simple as a smart plug means that people are able to control their devices from their phone, wherever they are, which is immediately reassuring. Likewise, window and door sensors will let you know if you’ve left the windows or doors open, which will mean you’ll never worry if you’ve forgotten again!”

In the UK, Bosch has been present since 1898, when Robert Bosch opened the company’s first office outside Germany. Every one of the Bosch Group’s business sectors has a presence in the UK: Mobility Solutions, Consumer Goods, Energy and Building Technology and Industrial Technology. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited and employs around 5,300 associates across 41 sites. In 2016, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of 3.9 billion euros.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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