Burglary rates in the UK have fallen steadily over the past decade, with Home Office figures reporting that there were 403,000 burglaries in England and Wales in 2016/17. Although this is good news, becoming a victim of burglary is still a traumatic experience. Burglaries can be disruptive, as they often involve the theft of property such as TVs, laptops, and jewelry, and they can also be expensive to rectify, as victims often need to replace stolen items and repair damage caused by the break-in.
The good news is that there's a range of ways to make your home safer, by considering each possible entry point to your home:
- Front door
- Rear door
- Side gates
How to burglars target my home?
As well as opportunistic burglaries, where burglars take advantage of an opportunity that arises, some burglars scope out a property beforehand. They may work with other criminals to case the property and find out when the occupants are likely to be out.
It's therefore important to think about measures to ensure your home looks occupied at all times. This can be done by using timers on your lights, or having a friend or neighbour check in on your property while you're away. You can also make your home less appealing to burglars by keeping valuables out of sight and installing security features, such as CCTV and burglar alarms.
Also, avoid mentioning anything about going away on any public-facing social media accounts. Burglars may see this as an opportunity to target your home while you're away.
When burglars are looking for a house to rob, they will often scan the area for houses that appear to be unoccupied or easy to get into. They may also look for signs that people are away, such as cars in the driveway or mail piling up on the porch.
Entry and exit points
Burglars will usually try to enter a house through a door or window that is easy to access, so it's important to make sure all of your doors and windows are locked and secured. You can also install security features like locks, alarms, and surveillance cameras to make your home less appealing to burglars.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your home security is to make sure that there are no tools lying around that a burglar could use to break in. This includes ladders, gardening tools, and anything else that could be used to force entry into your home. Make sure that these items are stored away in a locked shed or garage when they're not in use.
Burglars will also consider whether or not their access route is overlooked. If they feel that there is a high chance of being seen, they are likely to move on to an easier target. This is why it's important to keep your home and garden well-lit.
Once a burglar has chosen a property to target, they will often scope it out. This means that they will take a look at the property to see what security measures are in place and whether or not it is an easy target. There are several things you can do to make your home less attractive to burglars and make it harder for them to break in.
What puts burglars off targeting your home?
• 71% having a burglar alarm system • 71% having a dog in the home • 52% people in the property • 46% CCTV • 21% outdoor/sensor lights (Source WHICH)
If you would like to talk to one of our specialists here at Axxess 28, we have many years of experience advising homeowners on the correct way to secure their home and valuables.