to do if you have been burgled.
Despite the small chance of being a victim of burglary
there are still around a million committed each year
in the UK. The positive news is that this figure has
fallen by since 1995 and In fact, your chance of being
burgled is the lowest for 20 years. (2011)
Around 20% of all burglaries are committed by opportunist
thieves getting in through an open door or window, so
fit strong locks to your doors and windows and make
sure you always keep them fully locked. Use window restrictors
where possible and make sure locks are insurance approved.
However, if you are unfortunate to be a victim of burglary
here is some useful advice we hope may help.
If you arrive home and suspect you have been burgled,
do not enter the property. The burglar could still be
in your house and a confrontation with a burglar could
be potentially dangerous. It is best to dial 999 from
a neighbour’s house and wait there until the police
Once the police have investigated the crime, it is
essential to repair any damage caused by the forced
entry and make all doors and windows secure again. It
is advisable to call a locksmith and get your locks
changed at the earliest opportunity. For a licensed
locksmith please click here
where you will find both MLA and ICL Locksmiths companies
Unfortunately if you have been burgled once you are
more likely to be a victim again. Burglars often return
a second time to help themselves to newly replaced items,
so make sure you increase security within your home.
Get your locks changed and consider installing a burglar
alarm. Wireless alarms are common place now and are
easily installed DIY or by a security company.
Notify banks and other official institutions immediately
if sensitive documents such as your your passport or
birth certificate are missing, or if your bank cards,
cheque books etc have been stolen. As well as the risk
of having money withdrawn from your bank account, there
is a real danger of thieves using these documents to
steal your identity as well.
Get a UV marker pen and mark all your property with
your postcode so that if stolen goods are recovered
by the police they can be identified and returned to
you. Contact your local locksmith or CPO Crime Prevention
Officer at your local police station for up to date
advice on products and services.
If you have jewellery that you do not wish to mark
with a pen, take photos of it beside a ruler to indicate
its size and keep the images somewhere safe. May be
get it insured seperatley if expensive or rare.
We hope the advice above is of use and helps keep you
and your property safe.
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