Statistics are informative, and point to some interesting habits kept by us as home owners and by those who break and enter.  One is that in a lot of cases there is no ‘breaking’ as such. The NRMA say that 35% of us will still go out leaving some windows and doors unlocked, and it is no suprise that Timpson Locksmiths in the UK say that 20% of burglaries are through an open window or door!

The NRMA also go on to say that one in four homes have been burgled, and in the city that increases to one in three.  They also warn that just because you have been burgled before, that you cannot expect not to be so again, stating that burglars are likely to return to the scene of their crime within three months, but despite this, only 5% of burglars will be caught.

Sounds pretty scary, right?  But the truth of the matter is that break and enters on a whole has decreased, and there is about 1% chance of you getting burgled.  But to reduce that even further, there are some simple steps you can take, the following are taken from the Australian Institute of Criminology – Trends & Issues Paper on Burglary Prevention from 1995, however they still remain true today.

  1. Make it visible – Most burglaries occur during daylight hours, so make sure neighbours can view the front of your house.
  2. Appearance of occupancy – Make it seem like someone is at home, a big giveaway is mail spewing forth from your mailbox while you are on holidays.  Pay the kid next door to collect it and put your bins out.  A light on a timer in a front room can also be a good idea.
  3. Restrict access – The first rule the AIS says is ‘simply to lock one’s doors’.  Locks and security systems are available in the DIY Bargain Bin Doors / Door Hardware / Locks / Door Chimes / Intercom section. Then make sure you lock it!  Do not leave your keys outside, instead give a key to a trusted friend or relative.
  4. Supplementary measures – Add an alarm or if in a dark street, why not add an outside movement detector lamp.  Check out the DIY Bargain Bin Lighting / Indoor & Outdoor section to see our range.
  5. Get to know your neighbours – We may live in a society where the majority of our communication is through email, internet and phone, but do not underestimate the power of the friendly neighbour when it comes to home security.
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