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Most burglaries in the UK happen during the moths of October to January. ADT Fire & Security statistics show that more than 79% of us do not have adequate security measures in place in order to help protect our homes from intruders.

The dark nights are getting closer each day and the cover of darkness make almost every home the ideal target for a burglar. No time of the year is good when it comes to being burgled but with Christmas just around the corner this has to be one of the worst!

So, our team at Re-Entry-Locksmiths have put together a few helpful tips in order to help people better secure their homes this winter in the hope of preventing burglaries.

Security Tips

Valuables On Show – As an added security measure lots of us often have lights on timers in order to create the impression that someone is home when the property is in fact vacant. This measure does work well as a deterrent however you do have to be mindful of what you are showing off. Make sure blinds and curtains are shut in rooms in which you have the lights come on, this will help prevent a potential burglar having a clear view of what valuable you have and also the layout of your home.

Calendars – This may seem like a strange tip for a home security measure however if you have a family calendar on display this can be the perfect tool for a burglar to use to know exactly when your home will be vacant and how long for! If you do have a calendar it is worth moving it so it cannot be viewed via a window from the outside of your property.

Letterbox Fishing – Having a cage fitted on the back of your letter box you will be able to prevent thieves from being able to steel valuables such as car keys and wallets and even gain entry to your home via your letterbox.

Digital Security – If you have a digital alarm installed at your property it is important that you keep it clean, it wont be difficult for a burglar to guess the alarm code if the digits used are clearly visible!

Bathroom Awareness – From the outside of a property it is not hard to figure out which room is the bathroom as they all have frosted glass, so if a burglar sees a bathroom light on but the rest of the property is dark they will see it as a good opportunity to quickly get in and out of your home with as much as they can. So, if you are using the bathroom at night make sure you leave a couple of other lights on as an extra deterrent.

Double Locking – No matter how secure your door lock is, one lock is never enough! Burglars can easily check if a door has a dead lock installed by simply using their foot, if the door moves just a couple of millimetres then they will know you don’t have one and that access to your property will be much easier.

If you need more information on how you can better improve the security measure at your home to help prevent burglaries or you would like to implement any security measures mentioned above then contact Re-Entry-Locksmiths today – 01765 451 453

With the increase of burglaries across Ripon and North Yorkshire, here at Re-Entry Locksmiths, Horrogate, we thought we would take some time to highlight some of the method’s criminals use to get into your house. We are also going to provide you with some common sense solutions on how to prevent this from happening to you and your loved ones.

Your average burglar is likely to be someone who is desperate to create some quick cash for themselves, whether that be to feed a drug addiction, or just funding their life of crime. This means that they are likely to be in a hurry, not very well equipped, and opportunistic. Therefore a sloppy or haphazard approach will mean they are likely to leave evidence, or if you have taken measures be unlikely to gain entry.

​1. By the back door.

An increasingly common modus operandi (MO) for domestic burglary is the europrofile lock technique. The use of this has drastically risen in Britain over the last five years, principally due to the manufacturers of new housing using cheap locks in their doors. The suspect takes a set of mole grips and places them over the lock barrel. With a turn, a bump and a snap, the bolt in the door lock shatters, rendering it inoperative. The door, handle and lock appear undamaged on a cursory inspection. The suspect then can gain access. This is a fantastic reason to make sure your home security is adequate: an experienced thief can get in this way, leaving minimal mess, in less than thirty seconds.

A more uncommon, but still utilised method is a bump key. A bump key is a special key that has been filed down to allow it to penetrate most of the pins in any particular lock, if it is whacked in to place. These have to be specially made, and won’t work on highly-secure locks. Nonetheless, it affords a thief a means of rapid access.

Forced entry is next on the list. Operational police officers have told us they’ve seen examples of thieves kicking through a thin external wall down between a shed mounted to the exterior of a building to gain access. But more common is attacking the front door itself, usually with a jemmy or crowbar. This technique literally uses physical force to prise the door open, but leaves a lot of mess, is noisy and attracts unwanted attention. Tell-tale marks that a jemmy has been used includes bent locks, a splintered or warped door-frame, and lots of debris.

The final, and crudest method for getting in the door, is brute force. It is surprisingly easy to kick a wooden door with a flimsy lock down, but again — it’s messy and noisy. Less so is a modern UPVC door, most of which have a steel core. In this case it is easier for a thief to kick a panel through in the bottom or top half of the door, and crawl through, rather than attacking the lock or frame directly. The most uncommon technique here would be the use of a battering ram. Operational officers report that this MO is extremity rare.

2. By The Window

Windows too can be attacked in a variety of ways. The most common MO here, after the sneak in, is to use some sort of tool to prise them open. Here, we’re looking at a crowbar or jemmy again. Thieves also use screwdrivers, to remove the beading from the frame, and literally pull the window out of its mounting. Sometimes, although more rarely, a glass cutting tool can also be used. These methods are fairly quiet and discreet as they cause minimal damage and aren’t immediately obvious on a casual inspection.
More brute force methods include the obvious brick through the window. The advantage for the thief here is that he doesn’t have to carry anything to the crime scene; a rock from the victim’s own patio is commonly used. The disadvantage is of course the noise made. It’s useful for forensic investigators, as using smashed windows as a point of entry usually means there is lots of nice jagged glass lying around that the thief might cut themselves on. If they do, they’ve incidentally left some fairly irrefutable trace evidence, in the form of their DNA at the crime scene. The destroyed window may even retain a few fingerprints, or tear a few fibres from the suspect’s clothes.

3. By The Roof Or Ram Raid

The final category here in our forced entry section encompasses every other way a thief could force access to your dwelling. Don’t worry about locking or shutting your first floor windows? Well you should, because thieves can and often do drag your wheelie bin to the side of your kitchen, climb onto your flat roof, and gain access that way.
Other ways burglars enter using less obvious methods include the removal of roof tiles, attacking masonry from a secluded spot with a hammer, chisel or industrial tools, or even digging elaborate tunnels! Determined thieves have even been known to dismantle chimneys to gain access to attic spaces or the body of houses.
As we said earlier, the possibilities for a determined thief are almost infinite. Although uncommon for residential houses, commercial premises are often ram raided, which involves driving a vehicle through a wall or shutter to gain access to a building. Again, it has even been known for minor explosives or welding equipment to be used to gain access.

Lessons

​As we explained earlier most burglars are likely to be an opportunist so the main preventative method is to ensure that those opportunities don’t exist for them. Keep windows secure, upgrade all your lock security, also a simple alarm system or CCTV system linked to your TV or smart device. If you have had a recent experience or have some advice for your community share them with us here on the comment section below. Stay Safe.