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Sudden property crime surge presents a challenge to home security

UK households have enjoyed two full decades of falling crime in an age of heightening security concerns. Whilst many homes have still been the victim of burglary, the overall trend in crime has been downwards. However worrying new government statistics reveal that the age of falling crime may now be at an end.

Currently unpublished police data reveals a sudden surge in property related crime in particular with thieves targeting tablet computers and smart phones.

Earlier in the year The British Crime Survey revealed that reported crime levels were at their lowest level since the survey began in 1981 with crimes such as shoplifting and burglary at half of the levels seen when crime peaked in 1995. However significant cuts of up to 20% in police budgets now seem to be taking a toll with a projected reduction in police numbers of up to 15,000 by 2016. This reduction in police manpower coincides with hard financial times for many people and an increase in crimes related to first time offences.

New crime figures for burglary in the North West reveal a 7.8% increase, with an increase of 17% in Greater Manchester. Shoplifting in Merseyside is up 17.6%. Chief of Constabulary for Lancashire, Steve Finnigan has described the situation as ‘quite disturbing trends’. London has seen particularly sharp rises in crimes related to the theft of smart phones and tablet computers.

So what does this mean for your home security? Well first of all you should carry out a thorough review of your current security arrangements for your home. Do you have an adequate and visible burglar alarm or intruder alarm? Do you need a door entry system and if so which type?. You should consider having CCTV installed and ensure that you have adequate locks to both keep your home secure and meet your insurance requirements.

The best way to ensure that your home security is adequate is to contact an NSI (NACOSS) GOLD accredited professional home security specialist company. Many of these companies will provide a survey and recommendations to keep your home safe free of charge. Once the survey is complete you can decide which security measures to adopt safe in the knowledge that you are in good hands for the installation and implementation.

For a discreet no obligation survey to assess how secure you home is please call Greg Cutler on 0800 393364 or email

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