Posted by Lea · November 19th 2020
Home Burglaries on the rise…
From when we entered the first lockdown back on the 23rd March 2020, homeowners were told to follow Government guidelines. Stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS.
This advice not only saved many lives, it fundamentally changed our day to day living. One of the many positive changes was the significant reduction in crime. In particular, burglaries decreased during the many months of forced lockdown. With homes being occupied for large parts of the day whilst restrictions were in place, it meant burglars were deterred from breaking in for fear of being caught.
Since restrictions were lifted in July, crime and burglaries have increased across the UK. As the population started going back to work, socialising and shopping – homes being left empty again for large parts of the day.
Former Policeman and television personality Rav Wilding recently discussed this disturbing trend on the BBC’s ‘Morning Live’ show. He provided some useful tips homeowners should consider to prevent being burgled.
Rav’s view on tatty front doors was interesting. He indicated that this could tip off potential thieves that security isn’t the homeowners top priority. Therefore sadly making them a possible target of crime.
If a front door is tatty and unkept, this often means it’s not secure and doesn’t benefit from the latest composite door security available. This includes multi point locks, 3 star lock cylinders, toughened glass and s-glaze technology – like all Rockdoors do.
Rav’s comments are even more alarming when considering most burglaries are through back doors. When a front door is looking worse for wear, it’s easy to assume the back door is even worse. This leaves the homeowner even more at risk.
Other interesting observations Rav made included leaving flyers or post hanging out of the letterbox, and not having a car on the drive. These are clear indications that nobody is home and gives burglars the go ahead.
As we enter the winter months with long dark nights, its important that homeowners consider crime prevention strategies to protect their loved ones. Having a stylish front door sends an important message to would-be thieves.
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