Beating the UK’s Burglary Stats

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A growing number of people have their houses burgled every day in the UK. The problem is widespread, according to the police, and those homeowners who do not have any security, e.g. specialist locks and alarms, are five times more likely to be burgled than those that do. You may ensure that your door is locked and your windows closed every time you go out of the house, but that’s not enough to keep a determined thief out.

The Numbers

The number of homes that are burgled each year in the UK is alarming, according to the ONS and the national archives there were almost three quarters of a million burglaries across England and Wales in the year ending December 2015. Not all burglaries are recorded, either because the victim did not regard it as serious, or they reported something that has not been officially recorded. The number of incidents in any given day often means that some complaints may get overlooked.

Prevention

Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, and many burglars are thwarted either because the householder returns unexpectedly, or more usually, because they have installed unobtrusive, modern security measures. Modern systems are far more reliable than they were even ten years ago. It is worth getting a professional in to check your home security; there are security companies who offer a free security check, and it’s a good idea to have your home inspected if you’re unsure how well protected it is.

Window and Door Locks

The latest range of modern security locks are virtually unbeatable by most would-be thieves and burglars. Windows and doors are the main entry points for most burglars, particularly those who decide to rob somewhere on a whim. Professional burglars are far more likely to check a place out for a few days before they choose a home to break into. You may take a lot of care in ensuring that your doors and windows are closed and properly locked, but if the locks you have installed are not up to the task, you could face a home break-in.

What You Can Do

There are things that you can do to minimise the chances of having your home burgled. If, for example, you plan to be away for a few days, don’t just cancel the milk and papers, get the post office to hang onto your mail as well, until you can collect it on your return. Canny thieves will look through your letterbox to see if there is any mail lying on the floor. It’s a good idea to have a more secure letterbox fitted so that criminals can’t spot any mail.

If you don’t have proper security measures installed, then ask about one of the free home security checks mentioned above. You will get a free assessment of the current security of your home, and then it’s up to you to decide what you want. Modern window and door locking systems are far harder to break than n the past. Get secure locks installed, and your home will be a lot safer than it may be at present.