As many as 13% of people who are burgled move house afterwards, research from Churchill Home Insurance has found.
Being burgled has a number of psychological issues, as a quarter (25%) of victims found it hard to sleep afterwards, one in 10 (11%) couldn’t be alone in the property and 7% had to take medication to deal with anxiety and/or depression.
Dr Claire Nee, psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, said: “Being a victim of burglary is a traumatic experience for anyone and for some it can have a lasting emotional impact.
“The thought of someone in our home, our safe place, looking through our personal things can leave us feeling violated and vulnerable.
“The important thing for anyone who has been a victim to remember is that they are not on the burglar’s agenda.
“The burglar targets a property to enter and exit as quickly as possible with a reasonable gain and actively wants to avoid meeting the homeowner.”