Contact With Offenders
In 25% of all burglaries someone was at home but unaware of what was happening,
while in a further 26% someone was at home and aware.
18% of incidents occurred while the respondent was at work or travelling to
work; 20% while they were engaged in leisure activities or shopping and 8% while they
were on holiday.
Offenders used violence in about a tenth of all burglaries (9%). Analysis of the
1998 and 1996 sweeps of the BCS indicates that in many incidents involving violence
the offender had some prior relationship with the victim.