Even if the number of break-ins has declined since the beginning of the corona pandemic, break-ins and thefts associated with them still pose great danger. Especially when we find our way back towards normalcy. But with a few tips and tricks, the risk of break-ins can be significantly reduced. It also helps to understand how, where and when burglars are most likely to strike.
Breaks in Numbers
Most crimes are theft and robbery. Theft describes the general theft of someone else’s property, while robbery refers to the violent theft of someone else’s property.
Burglars’ Favorite Times
Burglars may prefer the dark at night for their purposes. Even so, it makes the most sense for them to strike when the likelihood that someone is in the house or apartment is the least likely. Under normal circumstances, the home is often empty during the day because we are at work, meeting friends and acquaintances, or doing other errands.
If you compare the individual months with each other about the number of break-ins, you can still see that the darkness makes a difference. Break-ins are most common in December, the month with the shortest days of the year, while July – despite the holiday season – is the least likely to break into someone else’s house. As for the day of the week, Friday is preferred, while Sunday is avoided.
If you look at how criminals gain access to the interior of someone else’s home, you will notice a clear difference between single and multi-family houses.
In single-family houses, most of them get inside through the window or French door. The two burglary options together make up over 80% of all burglaries. Far behind is the access via the front door with just 10% in third place.
In contrast, the entrance door is the most popular type of break-in in apartment buildings. Over 55% and therefore more than half of all intruders try it here. French doors and windows are less attractive at 23% and a little over 18%, respectively. Occasional break-ins are also made through cellar and skylights or cellar and garage doors.
Reduce the Risk of Burglary: 7 Tips
If you’ve been the victim of a break-in, this break-in guide from the police and insurance companies will tell you exactly what to do now and what to expect shortly. To prevent a break-in in the first place, residents of a house or apartment can take a few precautions to reduce the risk of a break-in. The next 7 tips explain what you have to do for this:
Tip 1: Do Not Leave the Window Tilted
The first tip sounds very logical to most. But especially in summer, we all too often forget the tilted window or the tilted terrace or balcony door. However, these make their project a lot easier for burglars. Before leaving the house, it is essential to check that all windows and French doors in all rooms are closed.
Tip 2: Let There Be Light
Break-ins are most likely when nobody is at home – or at least when it looks like it. Therefore, the second tip is about making sure that it seems like someone is always there.
On the one hand, you can use various lighting systems and mobile phone apps to remotely control the apartment’s lighting. Another possibility is time switches that automatically switch on the light at certain times. The use of a television simulator is usually more energy-efficient. This simulates – as the name suggests – the light of a television and lets intruders believe that you are watching your favorite program.
Tip 3: Offer Little Insight
In principle, it is advantageous if strangers are not aware of which valuables are to be found in your own home. Nor should they know whether the apartment in question is protected by an alarm system or something similar.
Blinds, curtains, and other types of privacy screens help to ensure this. In particular, valuable objects and electrical devices such as televisions, PCs, or laptops should not be visible outside.
Tip 4: Safe for Smaller Valuables
A break-in only takes an average of 5 minutes. This means that there is not much time left to look for things and neither much time to move large, heavy objects. Burglars are generally more likely to look for smaller items, such as jewelry, laptops or banknotes, and credit cards lying around.
For this reason, such valuables should be well hidden. This works best in a safe. This keeps unauthorized hands out and, at the same time, brings order.
Tip 5: Do Not Leave Any Packaging in The Driveway
As mentioned in point 3, strangers should know as little as possible about the furnishings and fittings inside the home. Therefore, when purchasing new electrical appliances, valuable furniture, or furnishings, the packaging must be disposed of immediately. In such a way that the empty packaging does not linger long in the garbage and/or in the driveway.
Tip 6: Install an Alarm System
If the worst comes to the worst, only an alarm system can help. Outside sensors can be placed on windows, doors, and other glass surfaces. Inside, for example, motion sensors help. If the alarm system goes off, burglars usually quickly run away. At the same time, depending on the settings made, the police will be informed immediately.
Tip 7: Stable Doors for The Garage and Basement
Since cellar and garage doors offer an ideal opportunity to enter the house unnoticed, they should be stable and have robust locking cylinders. Also, like all direct access points, these must always be locked.
The risk of a break-in can be reduced by taking smart precautions. These 7 tips will help you to feel completely safe again in your own apartment or house.