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Understanding burglary: know the enemy

by Andy Clutton

Caught burglarA burglary occurs approximately every two minutes in the UK, so it’s understandable that security is a big concern for UK homeowners. Not only can a burglary result in the loss of sentimental and irreplaceable belongings, but increasing evidence demonstrates that burglary can have a serious lasting impact on the victim too.

As it stands, burglary is considered a ‘property crime’. Property crime being labelled as ‘the taking of money or property, and does not involve force or threat of force against a victim.’ However even when no physical threat has been present, the impact of burglary can extend far beyond property loss.

One third of adult burglary victims report feeling fear and anxiety for more than four months following the crime, while many victims report an increased fear of becoming a victim of other crimes. For some, the feeling of being vulnerable in their home may never entirely go away.

As we have reported, October is National Home Security Month; an initiative aimed at creating more awareness around the importance of home security, and helping people up the security levels of their home ahead of the winter months. In line with this, UK Oak Doors has put together an infographic (below) that looks at, amongst other things, the mindset of the burglar, the impact on victims and tips, showing security installers the statistics surrounding burglary in the UK and perhaps giving you some information you can pass on to customers.

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