Latest crime figures for the Telford and Wrekin area shows that there are almost as many burglaries in the constituency in 12 months as there are in the rest of Shropshire.
Statistics are all very well, but they don't mean so much when it is your home that is invaded by thieves or your business property that is the target of burglars and others intent on causing damage.
And it's not just the loss of valuables or personal items or even the need to replace doors, windows or broken locks that take its toll.
Victims tell of the personal trauma suffered as the result of a break-in. Many no longer feel safe in their own homes and can be crippled by the painful sense of invasion after having intruders rifle through personal belongings.
Businesses not only face the additional loss of valuable stock or cash but have to deal with massive disruption with locks having to be replaced, new keys distributed to staff and a possible hike in insurance premiums.
According to statistics from UKCrimeStats, domestic and commercial premises in Telford and Wrekin suffer on average nearly three burglaries every day with 1,372 incidents, almost as many as the rest of Shropshire.
It is much the same story for incidents of criminal damage or arson. Telford & Wrekin recorded 1.666 in the year to November 2017.
According to advice from PoliceUK, those who fail to install security systems on their property are up to five times more likely to be broken. They advise basic safety measures such as:
Shropshire Council offers similar advice and suggests that many thieves will think twice about breaking into a property with an alarm. Community safety experts warn against low-cost alarms and advise that home and business owners:
The Metropolitan Police suggests that, as a minimum, homeowners should fit external and visible burglar alarms to both the front and back of their homes.
And they recommend that security alarms be provided by a registered security system installer affiliated to an accredited board such as the National Security Inspectorate (NSI).
UK CrimeStats provides burglary crime statistics for Telford & Wrekin based on data supplied by the UK Economic Policy Centre.
Telford burglar alarms can be fitted by Crown Securities in homes and businesses across Shropshire to help protect your home or business property.
More importantly, Crown Securities is NSI Gold accredited — the leading award for intruder alarm installers and recognised by Police, Fire & Rescue services as well as most major insurance companies.
For free advice on the best way to protect your home with burglar alarms in Telford and Shropshire contact Crown our Freephone number 0800 0191131 for a no-obligation assessment.
We install and maintain security systems and burglar alarms across Shropshire, including Telford, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Market Drayton, Whitchurch, Oswestry, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Leominster and other areas.
Crown Securities (UK), Halesfield 9, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4QW, Telephone: 01952 427818