A comparison of the crime statistics published by ukcrimestats.com shows that the number of burglaries in 2012 rose 77.7% compared to the 2011 statistics (Wolverhampton used as example).
The total number of burglaries from January 2011 to December 2011 was 72, while for the period of January to December 2012 this rose dramatically to 116 cctv installation in dubai.
The increase was even more remarkable when taking just the last 3 months of the year as the increase was a staggering 141%. October to December 2011 had 12 burglaries, and October to December 2012 had 29.
These worrying statistics and trends seem to suggest that crime is on the increase and that the Police are having a harder time deterring crime.
What Can I do?
Contact your local police station and speak to your neighbourhood watch representative, if you have one. They will give you great advice for ‘burglar-proofing’ your home or business.
Meanwhile, there are things you can do right way. These points are listed below:
1. Make sure your property isn’t an open invitation to burglars
Burglary is an opportunistic crime, rarely is it pre-planned. Burglars look for signs that a property is likely to be an easy target by observing various indicators. By making a few simple changes you can send out the signals that you are not an easy target and the burglars should pass you by.
Burglars usually choose houses that have little or no visible security.
So if your home does not look secure, seems un-lived in, or provides unobserved access, you could be a target.
Make sure any side gates are closed
Do not leave accessible windows open
If you have ladders, do not leave them where they could be used by a burglar to reach otherwise inaccessible windows.
Try to keep fences and hedges low enough to allow an unrestricted view of someone attempting to break into your property
Each of these makes access to the building far more difficult and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it’s not worth a second look.
2. Fit Security Lighting
Security lights that operate on a motion detection sensor are an effective deterrent to a burglar. Knowing that if he attempts to approach the property and try to break in he will be in full view of anyone looking who could then call the police, can work well to stop them in their tracks.
3. Fit a Burglar Alarm
Alarms and CCTV Cameras are undoubtedly the most effective deterrents against burglary.
A properly fitted alarm system, linked to a visible outdoor Bell Box is one of the best options for deterring a criminal from attempting to enter your property.
One factor to remain diligent with is ensuring you always set the alarm when you leave the property.
A dummy alarm box, if you don’t have an alarm is a cheap alternative. While not as effective as an actual alarm it may help dissuade the burglar from your property.
4. CCTV Installation
Many concerned residents have started to add security CCTV Cameras to their property. CCTV installation has come down dramatically in price and now is relatively inexpensive.
Professional installation ensures you can capture high quality images that can be passed on to the police to help catch these criminals.
CCTV installation on your property has the added benefit of deterring crime.
When they see CCTV Cameras installed on a property thieves think twice before targeting it as it shows that the owners are security conscious and that the burglar’s chances of being caught are naturally much higher.
These are all signs telling the burglar that he is likely to be disturbed in the course of his work and his risk of being caught is significant if he targets your property.
Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.