Home break-ins still over 200K over lockdown

With winter approaching, many are looking towards home security and how they can protect their homes from burglaries. Although the number of home break-ins decreased due to lockdown, 216,761 reports of burglary or attempted burglary …

With winter approaching, many are looking towards home security and how they can protect their homes from burglaries.

Although the number of home break-ins decreased due to lockdown, 216,761 reports of burglary or attempted burglary were reported to the police in 2020[1], so it’s still important to be vigilant when it comes to house-hold security.

In Your Area reported that Hackney had the highest rate of break-ins in 2020, with an average of 304 burglaries for every 10,000 homes. This was followed by Middlesbrough with 249 burglaries for every 10,000 homes. On the other end of the scale East and Mid Devon recorded 15 burglaries for every 10,000 homes[2].

The Office for National Statistics reported that the average cost of a home burglary is £3,000, which is a huge amount, so it’s very important to reduce the threat of burglary on your property as much as possible[3]. Luckily, there are many things you can do to protect your house and help deter thieves.

Tips on how to deter thieves from breaking into your home

Make it look as if someone is home

When leaving your home, try to make it appear as if someone is in. When leaving for extended periods of time, using smart lights or timers to make sure the lights turn on at regular intervals can be an effective deterrent for potential criminals. Leaving the radio on and making sure any mail doesn’t pile up also adds to the illusion that someone is at home.

Install a security system

Installing a wireless security system is the most effective way to deter burglars. It’s also reported that 63% of burglaries happen in homes without a basic security system[4].

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Make sure the area around you house is well lit as this can scare off intruders. Motion sensor lights are great options to have dotted around your property, they’re not only convenient for you but help scare off potential thieves.

Appearances

When you leave you home, make sure anything valuable or expensive looking isn’t visible through your window as this can make your house a target.

Make sure to lock your door

Last but definitely not least, make sure you double check that your doors and windows are shut and locked. Although this may sound obvious, statistics released by the ONS show that 76% of home burglaries were accessed through a door and in 24% of the cases, the door was unlocked[1].

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[1] https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/property/amp34370100/burglaries-people-home-unlocked-door-security-tips/


[1] The top burglary hotspots in England through the pandemic | National (inyourarea.co.uk)

[2] The top burglary hotspots in England through the pandemic | National (inyourarea.co.uk)

[3] The economic and social costs of crime (publishing.service.gov.uk)

[4] Burglary Facts UK | Key Facts, Statistics, Time Of Day, Cost & Types (caldersecurity.co.uk)