August 12, 2014
A crime is committed at a home in England and Wales every 7 SECONDS according to recent statistics from The Office of National Statistics.
The survey has revealed that vandalism, burglary and theft are among the most likely offences and that people living in poorer areas of towns and cities are more likely to be affected by crime.
With this in mind it is important that householders are aware of the potential threats to their homes and take the appropriate precautions.
Doors are the primary entry and for most burglars so for maximum protection secure them using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621 (thief resistant lock assembly). If you have a PVCu or composite door then it’s also a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multipoint lock to a British Standard Kitemark TS007 cylinder as well.
Many burglars often avoid smashing windows but attempt to force the frame itself, so it’s also important to ensure all windows are fitted with at least one appropriate lock.
Finally police research reveals you are far less likely to become the victim of a burglary if you have a correctly fitted and well-maintained burglar alarm as they act as a great visual deterrent, as well as alerting neighbours in the event of a break-in.