It’s not something any of us like to think about, but however safe we might think our neighbourhoods are, there is always the chance of a break-in. Indeed, it’s been theorised that a burglary takes place every 18 seconds, which highlights the fact that household burglary is not something to be taken lightly. It is also, however, something that you can do more to prevent the more you know about it. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most shocking burglary facts that you don’t want to ignore if you value your home and your property!
1. Daylight robbery
Whilst you might assume that most burglars do their worst work under the cover of night, it is actually more common for home break-ins to happen during daylight hours when people are either at school or at work. Between 10am and 3pm are, therefore, the hours you really need to prepare for! Installing a home security system that’s active during the day will go a long way towards preventing these daylight thieves. Not only will this put them off even attempting to break into your home, but it will decrease your home insurance premiums and give you some much-needed peace of mind.
2. The devil you know
Most burglars are not driving in from out of town, but will actually live within two miles of their target home. This is because they know the area more intimately and they are better placed to learn a daily family routine and check when they might be going away. To prevent local burglars from marking you as a target, vary your routine often and keep your business as private as possible.
3. Quick as a flash
Most burglars will not stick around ‘on the job’. Indeed, the vast majority of burglaries will take less than ten minutes. Many are not have-a-go thieves as depicted in the Home Alone movies but are men who see themselves as professional robbers and they will know how to get in, get what they need and get out before being noticed. They could even break in and do their dirty work whilst you’re in the home, so always make sure you lock your doors and windows, even if your family is in for the night.
4. Arrest record
It’s been thought that only around 13.6% of burglaries actually result in arrests, which is a pretty astonishing statistic. With the sophistication of modern burglars, however, the crimes are incredibly difficult to solve and even when they are solved, victims are seldom reunited with their stolen property. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to consider a CCTV security camera installation inside and outside your home.
5. Through the front door
A worrying 34% of burglars enter through the front door, not only because many homeowners simply forget to lock them but because so many doors are remarkably easy to kick down is they are not properly strengthened. Around 30%, meanwhile, break in through open windows, which can be particularly tempting if they are masked by shrubbery. Make sure your door is strong and reinforced and that your windows are double-glazed and locked! Burglars will also often go for the master bedroom first, as this is where the majority of people tend to hide their most valuable items. Invest in a safe to make sure your cash, jewellery and other desirables are kept safe from thieving hands.
Facts and Stats
- Domestic burglary rose by 30% in the UK in 2017.
- There are over one million burglaries attempted in the UK every year.
- Many burglars will be after car keys and laptops over jewellery and televisions.
- 95% of UK burglaries are never solved.
- Burglars are most likely to be males under the age of 25.
- 85% of burglaries are committed by non-professionals.
- Homes with no security system installed are 300% more at risk!