Burglary Facts

We have written this article to help you understand the current risk of a burglary, the burglars themselves in addition to some helpful tips on how to prevent a break in.

 

Crime Facts

  1. A burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK
  2. Around 75% of burglars use a door of which 3% were open
  3. Every year around 1 Million burglaries are reported, meaning there are probably many more which were never reported.
  4. According to a Victim Support survey 1 in 4 victims have been burgled more than once.
  5. 23% of burglaries happen during the night.
  6. The majority of burglaries are not planned and are committed by opportunistic thieves.
  7. Approximately 57% of burglaries occur when the home is occupied.
  8. A Halifax survey found that around 1/3 of people who have an alarm, rarely activate it.
  9. Burglaries have been in decline since the 1990s.
  10. The Police only solve 1 in 10 murders according to The Sun Newspaper. As 17,000 front line police officers have been cut in the last 6 years. And over the same period, of the 493,257 burglaries reported to the Metropolitan police only 8% were solved.

Who is Burgled

  • The biggest victims of burglaries are single parent families living in urban or suburban areas.
  • The second biggest victims of burglaries are the elderly.

Who burglars

  • 88% of burglars are male
  • 6% of burglars are females
  • 6% of burglaries are committed by both a male and female offender
  • Approximately half of burglars are known to the victim, the other half are total strangers.
  • The average age of a burglar is between 16-24 with 16% being of school age.

 

How much it costs

The average cost of a burglary is estimated to be £2,833, this includes fixing any damage and replacing the stolen items.

The most stolen items are

  1. Cash – Cash is obviously of no surprise, hiding your cash in a heavy duty safe is a sound idea. Not only will they not be able to break into a heavy duty safe but they will not be able to escape with it either.
  2. Jewellery – Jewellery is of high value and can be sold relatively easily.
  3. Electronics such as Tvs, Radios and game consoles, phones and tablets.
  4. Power tools, such as drills, chains saws, hedge trimmers grinders etc as they are relatively expensive items and relatively easy to sell on.
  5. Alcohol and prescription drugs – Many burglars are drug addicts and steal to feed their habit. This includes stealing drugs and alcohol.
  6. YOUR IDENTITY, burglars are increasingly looking to steal your identity, with this they can purchase items online take our loans all in your name.

 

How to protect your home

  1. Ensure you have high security locks on your front and back doors.
  2. It sounds obvious but lock both of your doors and windows when leaving your home. The majority of break ins occur through an open door or window.
  3. Double lock your doors at night. If you have a UPVC door with a letter box, thieves can easily slip through a metal wire and turn the door handle letting their self in. If you double lock the door with your keys this will prevent such intruders.
  4. Alarms are a very effective way to ensure your home is secure, when you are not occupying the home, as long as you ensure you activate the alarm as almost 1/3 of people fail to.
  5. Ensure that a qualified locksmith attends to your locks so that they are