New Figures Show 13% Increase in Theft Since 2017

Image showing street at dusk. concept of increased theft rate and need for higher security.

A new survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that theft has increased by 13 per cent between March 2017 and March 2019.*

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is considered a key indicator for long term trends in crime across the UK and these latest figures suggest we have more to do when it comes to arming our homes against thieves.

So, what defines theft and how can you take steps to reduce your risk? The experts at legistation.gov.uk  regard theft to be ‘dishonestly appropriating property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it’. So, in short, theft is stealing something that doesn’t belong to you.

As with most problems involving security, the answer to reversing this worrying trend begins with vigilance.

The most obvious measure to help make a difference and reverse this trend is simply to make sure that items such as bicycles, garden tools, and electrical equipment are safely locked away when not in use. An unattended bicycle left leaning against a garden wall is an open invitation to a potential thief.

For many homes, fences, gates, and hedges can often be left and unmanaged and fence panels in poor repair and overgrown perimeter hedges signal to an intruder that a home may be uncared for, and therefore easier to break into. So, where possible, change broken fence panels and tidy up any plant growth to show that your home is looked after and secure.

Community schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch are also valuable in the battle against theft. Joining your local scheme will not only help to make your streets safer; it will also give you a sense of real community spirit.

Finally, fitting an alarm is a great way to ensure all areas of the home are monitored. It’s common for new alarm systems, such as the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm, to feature wireless sensors with a 200m range. This can allow you to protect your outbuildings, without the need for cables of power supply.

Theft is still far too common on our streets and in our neighbourhoods. But by taking simple steps, and enlisting the help of fellow community members, this trend can be reversed. For more information and a detailed list of how to secure your home against thieves, download the NHSM security checklist here.

*ONS (July 2019)