Crewe & Nantwich may not be the UK's hottest spot in the UK for burglaries or damage to property, but that is no reason for home or business owners in the Cheshire area to be complacent.
Official police figures for the year to August 2018 show 346 reported burglaries in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency and a total of 1,233 logged incidents of criminal damage or arson.
That works out at an average of nearly four crime reported every day, where a property in the Crewe and Nantwich area is broken into or damage caused to goods and belongings.
Of course, if it is your home that's been burgled, or you've had your business targeted by unwanted intruders then you probably won't care very much about the overall figures for the area.
And it's a sobering fact that householders, on average, can expect to lose more than £2,000 worth of valuables if their home is raided.
But a burglary can have a far greater impact than the obvious financial one. Many victims report long-term psychological problems after suffering a break-in at their home.
For businesses, there is the added burden of the financial knock-on effects of repairing the damage, replacing broken locks as well as the possible loss of business as a direct result of the disruption caused.
The time to take action to prevent burglary is before it happens, not afterwards. PoliceUK warns that homes and property are five times more likely to be targeted if they don't have security measures in place.
Even the most basic action can cost relatively little, especially if compared to the cost of recovering from a burglary.
Cheshire East Council's crime prevention unit has useful advice on keeping burglars at bay:
And the Metropolitan Police advises that external burglar alarms are fitted to the front and back of homes and installed by a firm affiliated with an accredited board such as the National Security Inspectorate (NSI).
Statistics on burglary and other crimes in the Crewe & Nantwich constituency is provided by UK CrimeStats based on data supplied by Economic Policy Centre.
Crown Securities Ltd installs wired, wireless and hybrid Crewe burglar alarm systems using the most advanced modern technology.
We are an NSI accredited company that has passed strict independent scrutiny to allow us to fit Crewe burglar alarms and security systems recognised by Police, Fire & Rescue and most insurance companies.
We are also government UKAS accredited company and a member of Gate Safe, which campaigns for safer automatic gates and barriers.
For free advice on the best way to protect your home or business with a Crewe burglar alarm installation contact us on our Freephone number 0800 0191131.
We can supply, fit and maintain a Crewe home security system that will meet your safety needs without breaking the bank.
And we offer a fast response emergency call-out service in Crewe, Cheshire and the North West. We also install CCTV cameras, security gates and door entry access systems.