There are lots of ideas and opinions about the best way to protect your home from burglars. Fortunately there are also facts and figures too. What do the stats tell us about the best way to protect your home from burglars?

Do you need to protect your home?

Consider how secure your home is to a burglar. Does it have any visible signs of security? Does it look empty? Burglaries happen at all times but they’re slightly more common in the hours of darkness. They’re also more likely to happen in the autumn and winter months.

Have you noticed that there is lots of talk about home burglaries, break ins and car thefts at the moment? There seem to be lots of social media posts on the same topics and this has been reflected in the stories we’re hearing from people enquiring about new home security systems. It’s really upsetting and frankly it’s the last thing people need as we continue to see inflation rise and the cost of living going up and up. Senior police figures have commented on the likelihood that crime rates could increase along with the cost of living. You can read more about this on our blog on the cost of living crisis and crime.

How do the clocks affect crime?

Added to this, statistics show that when the clocks go back, burglaries spike. There are different figures for this range from a 25% – 35% increase in burglaries mentioned on National Home Security Month‘s annual campaign. This campaign is specifically planned for October because it’s always the time when we see an uptick in burglaries.

When the clocks go back at the end of October and the evenings get much darker, the number of break ins suddenly goes up. This could be because it’s easier to see which homes are empty, or because it’s easier for criminals to hide under the cover of darkness.

So what can we do to protect our homes against break ins? It’s useful to know what’s the most effective way to protect your home, so let’s look at the facts and figures.

What do the stats tell us is the best way to protect your home?

Having a visible alarm box on the outside of your house is a good way to put burglars off. Regularly using the alarm means that you’d be alerted to a break in immediately. If you don’t have an alarm bell box on the outside of your house, where is the deterrent? Be warned – most seasoned criminals can easily spot fakes so it’s worth investing in the real thing.

Connected homes with smart security systems alert homeowners to people on their property. This could be a notification from your house alarm or viewing your CCTV on your phone. Seasoned criminals can spot these types of systems and are more wary of them.

Criminals don’t want to be caught on camera! They’ll often choose the easiest option – with no security where possible. Not only do CCTV cameras make burglars more likely to pass over your house in favour of one with less security measures, they are also excellent for providing evidence should any incidents occur.

All of these facts point to one conclusion. Investing in a home security system is one of the best ways to protect yourself from home burglaries. Insurers agree, often offering discounts for people who invest in security measures for their home.

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