Zurich insurance company have collected some recent figures regarding burglaries, below is the statistics that they came up with:
An increase in the number of high-value portable gadgets has contributed to a rise of more than 40% in the average cost of thefts from homes over the last three years, according to leading home insurer Zurich – that’s despite a drop in the number of burglary claims.
A new survey by Zurich found that if burgled, Brits said losing their laptops would have the biggest impact on their lives, followed by mobile phones at 32% and televisions at 20%. Despite almost 74% of people worrying about being burgled many are failing to take sensible precautions to protect their technology from being pinched.
More than one in five (21%) never bother to hide valuables when leaving the house and 37% leave portable gadgets such as iPads and e-book readers easily accessible.
The survey by Zurich also found:
18% don’t have any additional security measures in place, such as alarms or CCTV cameras.
40% admit their main security measure is to ‘leave the light on’ when they go out.
Over the last year, 45% have spent nothing on protecting their homes, and a quarter have only spent £100 or less.
35% feel more at risk of burglary this time of year when the clocks go back and the evenings get darker.
Phil Ost, home insurance expert at Zurich said:
“It’s the increase in easily portable modern technology which appears to be pushing up the cost of theft from homes.
A few years ago, burglars would steal a few big items such as televisions and Hi-Fi’s. Now, it’s easier to pinch a number of high-value mobile items such as laptops, iPads and e-book readers which can fit easily into a rucksack.
“Protect the mobile tech you keep at home by hiding it away when you’re out. Laptops and hard drives store some of our most important data – pictures, music and documents – which might be irreplaceable if stolen.
”Returning home to find you’ve been burgled can be deeply traumatic. Prevent burglars from breaking in by making sure you have the best security possible, and use it – set alarms, bolt the garden gate and double lock doors.”
Zurich has joined-up with reformed burglar Michael Fraser* to identify easy ways to protect your home from burglary:
1. Always keep your gate closed. A gate left slightly ajar or open is a signal to burglars you’re not particularly safety conscious and will make them think you’re probably lax about other security measures.
- 2. Always double lock your door. Traditionally a burglar will push the door using their foot and if it makes a little gap, they know it’s not double locked and can easily be broken into.
- 3. Don’t give burglars a reason to break-in. Always ensure valuables are kept out of sight and away from windows.
- 4. Photograph the rooms in your house. If a burglar ‘trashes’ your home, it can be hard to remember where items were placed and what exactly has gone missing. Photographs can also be useful when talking to your insurer about which items have been stolen.
- 5. Don’t tell burglars your house is empty. Don’t use social media to advertise when you’re away on holiday and avoid the temptation to update your location status while you’re away.
- 6. Don’t give burglars the keys to your house, car or shed. Hide all keys in a drawer; don’t leave them in view or in window locks.
- 7. Don’t give burglars a leg-up. Chain your wheelie bins together as burglars use them to get through windows and for access to upper floors.
- 8. Shred all paperwork. Even an envelope which contains your name and address could allow burglars to clone you. This is particularly important now that many of us have detailed online profiles.
- 9. Don’t give burglars the tools to break into your home. All tools should be stored in a secure, locked shed.
- 10. Keep luggage in the loft. Burglars will use your suitcases and bags to take your possessions from your home
Michael Fraser added:
“Burglars are lazy, cowardly human beings looking for a quick and easy option, so think about that when considering which security measures you have on your house.
“Think about how hard it would be to gain access to your home if you locked yourself out. If it wouldn't take too long then your security measures aren’t good enough”.
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Are you going away soon?
Perhaps you’re heading to Rome for a city break or maybe a wet weekend in Wales. If so, your mind is probably full of thoughts such as: “Have I printed off the booking confirmation?”, “Is the TV set to record my favourite series” and “Have I cancelled the papers?”.
Home security is one area that can often be overlooked when preparing to go on holiday, so home security month put together some advice, in order to put your mind at ease.
• Traditional security devices such as home alarms and CCTV systems can act as an excellent visual deterrent with figures revealing that 60% of burglaries attempted on homes with alarm systems fail. Additionally, modern devices, such as those in the Yale Smart Living range, allow homeowners to remotely control the products via their smartphones, receiving notifications and even images if the system is triggered.
• Make it appear as though someone is home. This can be done in a number of ways; for instance, leaving a car on the drive or cancelling post so it doesn’t pile up at the front door. You can now get lights on a timer to make them come on at certain times to give the appearance that someone is home. In fact, Yale’s SmartHome Alarm features a clever power switch accessory, which allows lights, appliances and other electrical items to be operated using your smartphone!
• Maybe you’re going away for longer than the weekend and don’t want your post piling up at the front door signalling to thieves that no one is home. Take advantage of the Royal Mail’s ‘Keepsafe’ scheme. The team at Royal Mail will hold onto your letters and parcels for up to 66 days and deliver them once you’re safely home again.
• Perhaps the most obvious home security concern is remembering if you’ve locked the front door. Now with smart locks such as Yale’s Keyfree and Keyless you can check this remotely using the free smartphone app. Some smart locks also have the added benefit of being able to let guests in using a temporary PIN code. This is ideal for granting short-term access to your parents or neighbours who can water the plants or check on the pets for you.
• Finally, ‘checking in’ at holiday locations on social media or posting photos can be risky, letting potential criminals know you’re away and offering an open invitation. Take the time to check your settings or wait until you’re home to post online.
Hope this helps in some way or even if it just makes you think about the security of your home whilst your away.
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What is lock snapping?
Lock snapping involves snapping the lock cylinder in two, by applying force, and removing the outside part to expose the lock mechanism. Doing so provides access to the mechanism, allowing the door to be unlocked.
Thieves use tools like hammers and screwdrivers to snap the locks and, worryingly, it can take just seconds to gain access. This technique does not require experience or skill, merely brute force.
The locks most at risk of this type of attack are fitted with a euro profile cylinder. Euro profile locks are found in the majority of PVCu and composite doors installed in the last 15 years and operate in combination with a multipoint lock.
To combat this threat simply upgrade your cylinder to one that is specifically designed to prevent this method of attack, ideally one that meets the TS007 3 Star standard
If you need your locks upgrading to avoid the above happening to you then call A.R Locksmiths on 07813842390 and we give you the best advice possible and show you the different locks available to you.
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