We look at some of the burglary statistics and what you can do to reduce the risk of being burgled.
Protecting your home and family – it’s a natural instinct. And while the number of police recorded burglaries in England and Wales declined in 2020/2021, there were still a staggering 267,000. The reduction is believed to have occurred due to the pandemic’s lockdowns.
It’s more than the financial costs.
Getting your home burgled can be hugely distressing. Not just having your personal possessions stolen, but the thought of a stranger walking around your home can be frightening; a third of burglary victims reported they had difficulty sleeping after being burgled due to feeling more vulnerable.
Location, location, location.
Where you live can hugely impact the likelihood of your home being burgled. Take two regions for example. Greater Manchester has 15.9 burglaries per 1,000 households, while the South West has 5.7 per 1,000 households.
If you live in a rural location, you’re less likely to be burgled – 2.9 per 1,000 households. Whereas certain areas of London have a very high risk – Balham and North Finchley average 34.8 incidents per 1,000 households. With £181 million’s worth of valuables stolen from London homes each year.
How can you reduce the risk of being burgled?
It might sound obvious, but keep your windows locked. 1 in 5 burglars gain entry through a window, but only 6.3% break the window.
There’s also the main point of entry to your home to consider – the front door. According to statistics, 58.7% of burglars gain entry through here.
One way to avoid becoming a statistic is to get your external doors fitted with a high-performance security lock, like the ABS Master or Ultion. With their anti-drill, anti-pick and anti-bump features, and British Kitemark certifications, you can enjoy added peace of mind that your home is a safer place to be.