Some statistics made readily available by the police make for some interesting and rather comforting reading with regard to home burglaries. They’ve definitely dropped quite considerably year-on-year and the reduction in home burglaries seems even bigger when you compare the numbers as they are now to those of ten and twenty years ago.
One shouldn’t be too quick to let their guard down because things aren’t as rosy as they look. We’re not suggesting you become more of a pessimist or a cynic, but there are two ways of looking at the numbers, one of which is perhaps a lot more realistic than the other. Sure, a 32% reduction in home burglaries over the past 10 years indicates that home security seems to be wining its war against the burglars, further embellished by the 20 year stats which indicate that the home burglaries have fallen by 71% over the last two decades. If you break the numbers down further however, you’ll find that home security isn’t quite at the level of enjoying a utopian existence — far from it actually.
With over 400,000 home burglaries reported over a period of the last year, that works out to over 1,900 per day, or 80 per hour. If you want to break it down even further, this means that 1.33 burglaries occur per minute in the UK. That puts some perspective on things, doesn’t it?
Effective Home Security
If you’ve not been a victim of a home burglary as yet then it could really be only a matter of time because as the odds suggest, at some or other point your home will at least be a target. Perhaps it has already been a target, which would speak volumes of the effectiveness of your home security, but how effective is your home security really?
Gauging the effectiveness of your home security can be really challenging because you never really know just how effective it is really until someone attempts to breach it. The next best thing is to model your home security on that of someone else’s which has proven to be effective in real-life deployment. Fortunately home security companies usually provide solutions which are developed taking into account the data generated from monitoring the performance of their previously deployed solutions.
Burglars can get just as smart however, even though they seldom get sophisticated enough to be in a position to deploy some of the resources which would give them the upper hand on the most common home security measures deployed, but effective home security starts and ends with being a step ahead of the would-be burglar.
For the most part, the first defence barrier to keep would-be burglars away is a sign of life. Burglars would rather avoid confrontation because they never really know what the home owner they’re trying to burgle is capable of, or if they might be armed in some or other way. So if there’s nobody home, the likes of motion-detecting driveway and other exterior lights work well to simulate the presence of someone who is aware of on-goings outside, as well as timed automated lighting systems which effectively simulate the regular task of turning your interior lights on when it starts getting dark.
Once such first-barrier home security measures are taken care of, one can perhaps start looking towards camera surveillance, perhaps getting an alarm dog, installing an alarm system and deploying common sense through something which most homeowners tend to overlook, which is making sure you lock up when you leave and not leaving your bin outside where it can be easily accessed and used to climb over walls or gain entry into high windows.