Category: Burglary

In an emergency during lockdown, who makes the best keyholder? Professional Security Guard or member of staff?

In an emergency during lockdown, who makes the best keyholder? Professional Security Guard or member of staff?

It seems like the ideal solution. You need an authorised keyholder in case your alarm goes off. So you ask a member of staff who lives nearby to do it. If the alarm is activated, there is someone within easy reach of the premises. S/he can take the call from your monitoring station. Then go and check everything is OK.

But is it still such a good idea, especially during the lockdown? read more…

Pensioner Gives Intruder More Than He Bargained For

Not all pensioners will become victims in a burglary. Take the recent story about Ms Willie Murphy. This 82 year old American woman gave a burglar more than he bargained for.

It was about 11pm when the doorbell started to ring. When she looked out, she saw a young man who was bent over. He kept pleading with her to help him because he had been shot.

Willie opened the main door but kept the chain on. Then she went to the kitchen to call an ambulance.

But the 28 year old was not what he seemed. read more…

West Midlands Burglary Gang Target Pensioners

West Midlands Burglary Gang Target Pensioners

Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you’re safe from burglars! Sadly, the days where a pensioner could leave their door open for neighbours to check they are OK is long gone.

Over a 9 day period in October, 29 men and women aged between 70 and 89 were the victims of a spate of violent thefts in the West Midlands.

The intruders rang the door bell. They wore high visibility vests and looked official. When the door was opened, they told residents they were the Police or from a utility company. read more…

Virtual Trip Wires For Home Security

Virtual Trip Wires For Home Security

I remember the first time I saw an article about ‘trip wires’. The image showed rays of light protecting an open patio door onto the balcony at a very expensive property.

It allowed the owners to sleep in their bedroom with the door open on hot sultry nights – without fear.

The only person they had to worry about was an intrepid ‘Mission Impossible’-style cat burglar.

Someone who had managed to get around the automated gate, run the gauntlet of the watching CCTV cameras and 24/7 monitoring and avoided setting off the alarmed windows and doors. read more…

Maslow’s Hierarchy For Home Security & Burglars

Maslow’s Hierarchy For Home Security & Burglars

In 1943, a psychologist by the name of Abraham Maslow established a hierarchy of human needs. But “what’s that got to do with Home Security?”, I hear you ask!

Well, personal security is included in Safety. Which comes second in terms of importance after our most basic Physiological needs – air, water, food, shelter, sleep, clothing and reproduction.

Sadly, the safety of our family and possessions is being threatened more and more. read more…

How To Tell If A Burglar Is Watching Your House

How To Tell If A Burglar Is Watching Your House

Most of us have heard the term ‘casing the joint’ in an old movie. It’s a slang term to describe the method used by burglars who are assessing whether to target a particular home or business.

These individuals will watch your property and look for patterns so they can decide:

  • is it a worthwhile target for return
  • what security measures are in place to stop them
  • when is the best time to attempt their break-in

But what signs should you look for to understand that you’re being watched by a burglar? read more…

Video Door Entry System vs Audio Intercom Phones

Video Door Entry System vs Audio Intercom Phones

A video door entry system is a great way of controlling who can enter your property. And who is kept firmly out.

Whether you own a £5m mansion or are renting a one-bed apartment in a tower block, it can be a better experience than an audio intercom phone.

Like many women of a certain age, I’ve lived in quite a few different types of accommodation. So I know a thing or two about keeping bad guys out of your home!
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UK Burglary Statistics Show You How To Keep The Bad Guys Out!

UK Burglary Statistics Show You How To Keep The Bad Guys Out!

The emotional impact of burglary begins before it happens. Many people are fearful of becoming a victim and do something about it.

Thankfully, many of these people ensure their home is anything but an easy target for a burglar. Locks on doors and windows, exterior lighting, tidy garden without tools lying around. Strong fences and gates. Garden tools locked securely away in the shed. Nothing left on display if a burglar peers in through a window… read more…

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