You are more likely to suffer from a burglary than from any other type of crime. Statistics show that a break-in is one of the most common types of crime with more than a million incidents each year.
The numbers of break-ins may have been falling in recent years. One of the reasons for this is the increased installation of burglar alarms, home security systems and business intruder alarm systems.
The annual Crime Survey for England and Wales asks people whether they have experienced any crime in the past year. Figures today are 40% lower than ten years ago, but a survey in 2014 still notched up 789,000 incidents of domestic burglary alone. It remains a serious crime that affects vast numbers of people.
Advice from the Metropolitan Police is unequivocal: "Alarms are undoubtedly the most effective deterrent against burglary. Burglars don't want to be seen or heard so setting off an alarm and attracting attention is their enemy."
Police agree that the installation of intruder alarm equipment is a worthwhile investment when it comes to the protection of your home and business. Official studies show that you are far less likely to become the victim of a burglary if you have a correctly installed and well-maintained burglar alarm.
Properties with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with even the simplest of security measures. And a burglary is often not a one-time event – some people get hit several times over.
One of the most effective deterrents to burglars is an intruder alarm system. Security systems today are far more sophisticated than they were. A simple bell-ringing alarm system is usually the cheapest, but it is not the only option.
Response alarm systems today can include wireless alarms, CCTV cameras and infra-red motion detectors. Some will even take camera snapshots of intruders and upload them to the internet in real-time. Sophisticated electronics help companies to offer 24-hour monitored alarm systems at very competitive prices with systems activated, checked and monitored on smartphones.
The variety of intruder alarm systems on the market today makes choosing a complicated matter. Any installation must comply with British Standards, and insurance companies may require alarm systems to meet even stricter standards.
Although there are plenty of DIY packages on the market, it takes an expert to judge how best to install an alarm system. They can select the system that offers maximum protection for your property, the correct modules, and where best to place them. Greater security and peace of mind comes from knowing you have a properly installed alarm system that is checked and maintained at regular intervals.
Experienced technicians at Crown Securities can offer free, no-obligation, advice on how best to protect your property from burglary or break-in.
The effects of theft are not only financial. The Victim Support website reports that many people suffer considerable trauma after the event and often no longer feel safe in their home. Not all stolen items are replaceable, especially those with sentimental value and the loss can be very distressing.
For businesses, the financial and logistical problems that come with a break-in or burglary can be considerable. Locks may have to be changed, the personal property of staff may be missing, and insurance premiums can rocket. It may be a case of prevention costing far less than the cure.