Unlike in the past when burglars would start by tiptoeing around a street in the middle of the night and peep through the windows before breaking into a house, things have changed. With the improvement in security and technology, burglars have also improved their tactics and can get into your house when least expected and when no one can suspect them. Here are a few burglary facts that you need to know in order to secure your house and its contents.
One fact is that most burglaries occur during the day at around 12 noon to 4pm. If the criminals plan to get into your house at night, then they will do it between 10pm and 6am, but this is only a small percentage of burglaries. Burglars know that they will not look suspicious during the day, and they will, therefore, draw less attention. They also know that most individuals work during the day and they can have an easy time getting in and out of your house.
To avoid daytime burglaries, always lock your doors when you are not around. You should do the same when you are at home napping or doing something else that can prevent you from knowing that an intruder is on your property. You could also park your car on your drive, if you have one, to make burglars think someone is home, meaning they may think twice about robbing you.
Burglaries also occur more frequently during the summer. During the summer, the days are longer, which means burglars have more daylight to break into your home. To keep your home safe during summer, watch out for suspicious activities in your neighbourhood.
Burglaries are more likely to happen in rural areas as opposed to metropolitan areas. Therefore, if you do live in a rural area, you need to take more precautions. Some things you can do to prevent burglars from getting into your house is to install sturdy locks that can deter burglars. You should also install alarm systems.
The Office for National Statistics say there were over 380,000 police report burglaries in 2019 throughout the UK, that’s almost 1 every minute. This means that your home can also be a target for burglars. To reduce the chances of being targeted, keep costly possessions such as ATVs and boats out of sight. You should also install security fencing if possible and advertise your guard dog and security system.
Another fact about burglars is that they tend to go straight for the main bedroom of the house. They aren’t interested in big TVs and other heavy to carry electronics. When they break into your house, they will head to the bedroom as this is where most people keep cash and jewellery. These valuable items can easily fit in their pockets and are very easy to conceal, not drawing attention to them once they get outside of your house. We advise you to keep your cash in the bank and another other valuables in a safe inside your house, one that is bolted to the floor or wall.
Most burglars also avoid properties with security systems. You should, therefore, install security measures to keep burglars away. Your security is also greatly increased when you ensure you have high security locks fitted to your doors and windows. If you don’t just ask your local locksmith or UPVC door repair specialist to upgrade these features, it really is worth it.
By considering the above facts and taking the necessary precautions, you will reduce the chances of burglaries taking place in your home.