Burglary Prevention Tips
Top 10 deterrents for burglars
Sound of a barking dog
Strong, heavy doors
TV that has been switched on
Locked UPVC windows
Cars parked on driveway
Gates outside the property
Motion-activated security lights
Eighty-six per cent of thieves do all they can to avoid bumping into the
occupant, with three-quarters abandoning a robbery attempt altogether
because they had heard someone in the house or returning home.[One in
five burglars uses a hat or mask to cover their hair to disguise themselves
when committing a crime]
One in five burglars uses a hat or mask to cover their hair to disguise
themselves when committing a crime
And night-time burglars - termed ‘creepers’ - admit they would hide to avoid discovery.
The thieves also wear cheap trainers which they can dispose of after their crimes, always wear gloves or socks on their hands to avoid leaving fingerprints and don a hat to disguise themselves.
Members of the public don’t tend to know their rights when it comes to protecting their homes.
Less than half of Brits understand there is a legal definition of reasonable force, meaning millions of people don’t know how assertive they can be when protecting themselves or other occupants if they encounter an intruder in their home.
And more than one in eight said they didn’t think there are any laws addressing their right to protect themselves or their family against an intruder.
While highlighting that wherever possible, householders should call the police, “anyone can use reasonable force to protect themselves or others, or to carry out an arrest or to prevent crime”.
However, the level of force used must always be reasonable in the circumstances the householder believes them to be.
“If someone thinks there is a burglar in their home or trying to break in, their first course of action should always be to contact the police if it is safe to do so and to avoid confrontation.
“If householders are forced into a confrontation with an intruder, they are legally permitted to protect themselves as a last resort.”
Some five per cent Brits mistakenly believe they are legally allowed to set traps in their home to harm potential intruders.
If a householder’s trap was to harm a burglar or intruder they could be prosecuted for acting with very excessive and gratuitous force.
Awareness amongst burglars of the laws increasing householders’ rights, which came into force in 2013, to protect their property is mixed.
Around half of burglars know of occupants’ increased rights to protect property, however, two thirds said this change had made little difference to the way they approached burglary as they were very careful not to meet their victims in any case.[more than one in eight said they didn’t think there are any laws addressing their right to protect themselves or their family against an intruder more than one in eight said they didn’t think there are any laws addressing their right to protect themselves or their family against an intruder
A fifth of burglars said that the change in the law had made them undergo additional occupancy checks to ensure they didn’t meet the householder and risk confrontation.
The research also shows the lengths burglars will go to try and avoid detection.
Over three quarters of these criminals wear gloves, or even socks, on their hands to avoid leaving finger prints.
One in five burglars uses a hat to cover their hair to disguise themselves when committing a crime.
Only 14 per cent of burglars reported higher levels of care or awareness regarding leaving DNA evidence at the scene of a crime, such as not leaving cigarette butts, wiping away any sweat, or wearing latex gloves under normal gloves.
“The chances of meeting a burglar are very slim but we urge householders to follow some simple steps to make burglars avoid their home.
“Making the property look occupied, having locks on doors and windows, remembering to lock all access points including garages and sheds and removing valuables from sight are all basic measures to help prevent burglary.”
Recognising that burglary can be an extremely traumatic event and leave people feeling like they and their home are vulnerable, Hunter Richards Security offer a 24/7 burglary response service.
The service means, day or night, Hunter Richards Security response team is available to make the property safe after it has been broken into.
Following a break in, Hunter Richards Security will send an engineer to replace all damaged locks with a British standard lock and temporarily secure damaged windows and doors.
Contact us today using our contact page.