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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Defending yourself from Burglars!


Picture this: you come home from an enjoyable evening out with your friends and instead of being greeted with a locked and secure house, your front door is broken into and your damaged possessions are strewn across the hallway. Sadly this is not an uncommon phenomenon – but luckily there are steps we can take to protect ourselves in the event of a burglary.
Burglary – the facts

A report by the Telegraph found that since the recession, burglaries have been on the up – increasing from 651,000 in 2009/10 to 701,000 in 2011/12.
Fortunately there’s a number of things we can do in order to protect our homes, as offered up by Operation Bumblebee - an initiative developed back in 1993 by the Metropolitan Police targeting burglars in London:

Never leave car keys or ID documentation by windows, doors or letterboxes that can easily be accessed by burglars

Ensure you check the identity of everyone who calls at your home, but if you feel nervous ignore whoever is at your door

Put your valuables somewhere safe that is out of sight

Equip your home with a clearly visible burglar alarm

Should you leave the house unattended for an extended period of time ensure you cancel any deliveries

If you’re popping out for only a short while, always lock your windows and doors

It only takes a few minutes to follow these simple guidelines and they all make it harder for the burglar to break in.


What burglars look for

With England ranking as the most burgled country in Europe, it appears that burglars are coming up with more inventive ways to ransack properties – as a study conducted by criminologist Professor Martin Gill illustrates:

Burglars admit that alarms are often ignored or left inactivated

Thieves state that most windows and doors are unsecured, providing easy access 

Burglars report that sheer determination will drive them to break into a home, no matter the obstacles

Proof of occupancy such as lights/television left on will deter thieves

Empty packaging for items left outside the property such as plasma TV boxes suggests items of huge value are worth stealing.

Some even go so far as to remove doors and dismantle alarms using a screwdriver. And some take it to another level by fooling the homeowner into allowing them entrance into their property by pretending to be somebody they’re not (like a gas man); and once inside the home, would attempt to distract the owner in order to steal any items of worth. 


Protect yourself from burglars

When it comes to break-ins, there’s a number of tips you can follow to prevent a potential burglary. As most burglars will be put off by using just the simplest techniques, you can easily take care of yourself – and your valuables – by getting a customised home insurance policy. Brokers can customise your policy based on you and so you’re never paying over the odds.

It only costs a small amount to cover something that can cause a large amount of damage.

DNA home insurance comes recommended as a customisable option and is worth checking out sooner rather than later.

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