Burglars steal more than just possessions
January 31, 2014
When a burglar breaks into someone’s home they can take a lot more than just possessions, stealing a person’s identity, sense of security, confidence and peace of mind.
A home is supposed to be a safe place where people can feel comfortable, and in control of who comes and goes, but when a house is broken into it can feel anything but that.
Burglary can have a high emotional and financial impact. Research from Direct Line shows 60 per cent of victims said they were emotionally affected and 40 per cent financially affected ‘very much’ or ‘quite a lot’.
Being the victim of a burglary can be particularly emotional if something of sentimental value is stolen. Burglars not only steal the things you work hard to purchase, such as TVs, laptops and games, but also priceless mementos of our lives, including photographs, trinkets and jewellery. More often than not sentimental items such as jewellery cannot be replaced and according to statistics less than five per cent of stolen jewellery is ever recovered.
However, there are some practical steps you can take after a burglary to help reduce the harm and loss you suffer. It is recommended that you replace your home’s current locks with British Standard locks: BS3621.
Another key home security recommendation is to invest in a wireless home alarm system. Statistics also show that 60 per cent of attempted burglaries carried out on properties fitted with alarms are unsuccessful, making them an excellent form of protection and a deterrent for prospective criminals.
These steps can help victims of burglary begin to feel a greater sense of security and will help to ward off any secondary attacks.
Unfortunately crime will never disappear altogether, and it’s important for victims to feel that they are not alone. To help raise awareness of victims of crime security specialist Yale has teamed up with Victim Support to host a dedicated Victims week for the charity, from 17th to 24th February, (to coincide with European Victims Week). For more information regarding Victim Support and its work please visit www.victimsupport.org.uk.