Residential Crime Prevention
Basic Crime Prevention Measures for Housing in London, England
As the days gradually get shorter and darker in October, it is time to take a fresh look at crime prevention.
According to the ONS Crime in England and Wales Report June 2021, there were 216,751 burglaries in the UK between June 2020 and June 2021. This figure was slightly lower due to the national lockdown, but London accounted for 46,635 of these burglaries, or 22% of all burglaries in the UK. The study also found that a shocking 76% of burglars entered through the front door, 20% of homes were entered through windows, and 15% through unlocked doors. The most likely time of day to be targeted by burglars is said to be from mid night to dawn, followed by the hours of 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Although security measures vary depending on the type of property, such as houses and flats, it is recommended that the following points be reaffirmed as basic measures.
(1) Always lock the front door and windows when you go out. Use double locks if you can.
(2) Do not leave valuables where they can be seen from outside.
(3) Install a security system, security alarms and cameras.
(4) Do not place ladders outside.
(5) When going out, turn on the TV, radio, or other sound source.
(6) Purchase insurance to cover theft of household goods.
(7) Install a light with a timer inside the room to make it look as if someone is inside.
(8) If you are going to be away from home for a long period of time, take measures to prevent mail from accumulating.
(9) Do not carelessly tell contractors and others who come and go to your house about your travel plans.
(10) When taking a cab with suitcases, avoid picking them up in front of the house.
Recently, there are many surveillance cameras that can be linked to your smartphone, allowing you to monitor the live feed of your house remotely at any time. It is important to take security measures daily to protect your precious home.