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Domestic Burglary up 5.5% in 2011

A 5.5% increase in home burglary in London has forced the Metropolitan Police to re-launch Operation Bumblebee in the capital. The move comes following the announcement of figures which showed an increase in home burglaries from 63,900 in the year ending January 2011 to 67,470 for the subsequent year. The rise in burglary is in contrast to falls in many other forms of crime such as homicide and gun crime which saw falls of 18.1% and 17.6% respectively.

A key cornerstone of Operation Bumblebee is a campaign by the Metropolitan Police to educate households on the measures that they can take themselves to protect their homes. To this end a group of security experts has produced the list of ten top security tips below:

  1. Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.

  2. Register items with a serial number at:

  3. Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows.

  4. Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.

  5. Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.

  6. Keep your valuables out of sight.

  7. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.

  8. Install a visible burglar alarm.

  9. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked.

  10. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.

Possibly the most important tip on that list is number 8, install a visible burglar alarm. The reason why the phrase ‘visible burglar alarm’ is used is that burglary is often an opportunistic crime and the burglar will typically seek out targets that offer the minimum barriers to entry. Making the burglar alarm visible will present a clear barrier to entry.

It is also important that you purchase the correct burglar alarm system for your requirements, this will usually depend on the type of property you have and of course your budget. For many, a simple and basic burglar alarm system comprising of a control panel with keypad for operation, detection devices to activate the alarm, means of calling you on your mobile to alert you and an audible means of warning will suffice. Those with more complex security requirements may need a more sophisticated system, for example utilising dual technology motion sensors combining infrared and microwave technologies.

The first step in protecting your home is to find a professional, reputable and approved security company. Such a company will be able to visit your home free of charge, make recommendations as to your security requirements and then install the necessary equipment with all required advice for effective usage.

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