Shocking facts about burglary in the UK

and how you can make your house secure
Did you realise that in the UK a burglary is committed every 40 seconds. So by the time you have read this, another could have taken place.
Most burglaries happen in the daytime, between 10am and 3pm because it reduces the chances of intruders being noticed.
Most burglars aren’t after your household possessions. These days they are after car keys and personal identity data. It’s more beneficial to take documents, laptops, passports and bankcards and sell your personal data from them.
Most burglaries happen within minutes. This is because burglars don’t want to be noticed so they tend to act quickly. In around 28% of burglaries someone is in the home when it takes place.

Shocking facts about burglary in the UK

and how you can make your house secure
Did you realise that in the UK a burglary is committed every 40 seconds. So by the time you have read this, another could have taken place.
Most burglaries happen in the daytime, between 10am and 3pm because it reduces the chances of intruders being noticed.
Most burglars aren’t after your household possessions. These days they are after car keys and personal identity data. It’s more beneficial to take documents, laptops, passports and bankcards and sell your personal data from them.
Most burglaries happen within minutes. This is because burglars don’t want to be noticed so they tend to act quickly. In around 28% of burglaries someone is in the home when it takes place.

So how can you secure your home?

10 tips on securing your home

1. Make sure your doors are secure

34% of burglars gain entrance through a front door. Ensure your doorframes are strong and hinges are protected. If you have a letterbox make sure someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door. Things that will help security are installing a deadbolt, adding a strike plate, upgrading your door lock or fitting a smart lock and a security chain. You can even fit a video doorbell.

2. Lock your windows

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for a burglar. Unfortunately most manufacturers' latches and locks are flimsy at best. It is relatively easy to add extra secure locks. Single glazing is not so protective so it might be worth upgrading to double glazed windows with robust locks.

3. Light up your world

Burglars don’t like to be in the spotlight. Security motion sensor lights can be placed at strategic points around your home. Not only will they make your home more secure, they will avoid you stumbling on your way to your front door at night.

4. Security alarm

60% of convicted burglars said they were put off targeting a home that had a security system fitted. Once fitted make sure you set it every time you go out as burglars know the tell-tale signs to work out if an alarm is being used.

5. Security cameras

Cameras are a great deterrent and a means of recording an intruders actions. Cameras can work on their own or as part of a home security system. They should have a mobile app so you can view footage any time on your mobile device. Cameras are available with motion detectors, night vision and weatherproof casings.

6. Don’t forget your garage

If someone is keeping an eye on your property and see that a light is constantly on day and night it tells them you’re not at home. Timers can be fitted to lights so it looks as if someone is indoors.

7. Add timers to your lights

If someone is keeping an eye on your property and they see that a light is constantly on day and night it tells them you’re not at home. Timers can be fitted to lights so it looks as if someone is indoors.

8. Unusual markings

Burglars will often watch a property before they strike and will leave markings outside to signal it as a target. The marks can be colour coded on walls, pavements, gateposts and fences. If you notice anything unusual then contact the police and ask them if there have been any recent break ins in your area. Make sure your home is secure and be extra vigilant.

9. Safe and secure

Expensive items and important documents should be put in a safe, then if the worst happens, these items will be safe.

10. Don’t make it easy for burglars

Modern burglars like to blend in so will wear everyday clothing and won’t carry a bag of tools. So don’t keep tools or equipment outside, as burglars will use whatever they can find to break in. Also try to avoid having tall shrubs and trees around windows that could hide a potential intruder.
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