From This is Money:
Someone had removed a window in the kitchen. A wallet, handbag, cash and other valuables worth more than £1,000 were stolen, along with the keys to the couple’s three-bedroom semi.
The Singers are among a growing number of people who have become victims of a rise in burglary during the recession. There were 240,000 burglaries recorded in England and Wales in the year to last March. This is a 1% rise on 2007 – the first increase for six years.
Insurers, meanwhile, paid out more than £100m to settle theft claims in the first three months of this year, the most expensive quarter for claims in the past five years.
The Singers have lived in their home in Leeds for more than 30 years, but the break-in was the first time they had suffered from crime.
Michael says: ‘There was obviously someone on a mission because the same night there was an attempted break-in across the road and a car broken into nearby.’
He and Bernice, 64, who is in poor health, were shaken by the bre…