A burglar’s eye view on lockdown lifting

Crime figures for theft and burglary dipped during the first lockdown. People were at home more, fewer people were venturing out (criminals included) and suspicious activity was perhaps more noticeable. When lockdown lifted last July burglaries spiked by 25%* compared to May.

As we venture beyond our own postcodes, we ask a reformed burglar for some insight into breaking and entering. How did he typically get in? And what room did he make a beeline for first? Armed with this information, here are our tips for outsmarting crime so you can go to work, go to sleep or go on a mini-break again feeling reassured your home security is all in hand.

We asked: What was your main point of entry? 

This video is a good reminder to consider every possible entry-point when placing sensors.  Something the smart estimator or a pro-installer can help you with. 

Our burglar’s view is backed up by data from the Office for National Statistics showing the method of entry in 76% of cases is the door, most likely by forcing the lock/breaking or cutting a panel of the door. Or, 20% of the time by forcing a window lock/breaking or cutting glass or simply pushing the window open.

It’s good to know Boundary will tell you if a window (with a contact sensor) is open before you can arm the alarm. A handy prompt not to leave any open. And if you do have any upstairs bathroom windows accessible from a flat roof like a garage, think about putting motion sensors in any adjoining walkways or hallways as well as bedrooms so if an intruder breaks in they’ll trip both sensors in those areas, triggering your alarm.

Which room do burglars target first?

Quick and easy home security tips

  • Don’t leave house keys in the door at night. Or in sight. Make getting in and out as hard as possible.
  • Make sure all locks are chain or mortice. Snibs can be popped open with a fish slice.
  • Avoid a keysafe by the front door. They’re very easy to break into. Pro tip. Hide your key safe behind a fake bird box.
  • Fasten a deadlock to windows and doors. Noisier to break into and way more hassle.
  • Find unusual places to hide your valuables – somewhere other than the bedroom. Every second intruders are in your property is a second they risk being caught.
  • Point of entry in 59% of burglaries is the front, 33% back and 7% side.* Consider adding noisy gravel or additional lighting near your front door.
  • Even if your bike is in the garage – lock it. More hassle for thieves to remove.

Timing of domestic burglary 

70% during the week

30% weekend

Daylight  38%   Dark  58%

Source: ONS Annual data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) 2020

Get your other smart devices in on the act

We asked Luke, our reformed burglar what he’d do if an alarm went off and he was disturbed. The good news is the answer was he’d be out the door quick smart. And here are some ways you can get your other smart devices in on the act to really ramp up that reassuring feeling that you have everything covered.

In less than 5 minutes you can integrate Boundary with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and 600+ other devices like smart lights using the If This Then That (IFTTT) app.  Here are some top ways to get smart devices working in your favour.

  1. Link Boundary to Philips Hue lightbulbs or smart plugs and have the lights turn on at dusk, at certain times in the night or start flashing if there’s an intruder.
  2. Link Boundary to Philips Hue lightbulbs or smart plugs and have the lights turn on at dusk, at certain times in the night or start flashing if there’s an intruder.

Lockdown lifting is a relief on so many fronts, and with smart technology making it easier than ever to outsmart crime, stick a date in your diary to check your home security and let’s all get on with enjoying life again. 

*Source: Freedom of Information request conducted to 17 police constabularies across England and Wales. 

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