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December 2013 Home Security Survey

Posted on 17 December 2013
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How secure is your home?

This December, we surveyed 500 households across the South East of England on their home security measures, and found that the level of home security in this region is significantly below the national average. The full results of our survey are below.

Does your home have the following security measures?

Multiple answers:

Does your home have the following security measures

Single answers:

  • Window locks – 40.8%
  • Double locks / deadlocks – 7.6%
  • Burglar alarm – 9.6%
  • Door chains / bars – 4.4%
  • Security lights on a timer – 3.8%
  • None of the above – 33.8%

Across England and Wales, 75 percent of households use window locks and double locks or deadlocks, a combination that is said to provide a ‘basic’ level of home security. In contrast, our survey suggests that just 48.4 percent of households in the South East have this basic level, raising serious questions over the safety of local residents – particularly with Christmas around the corner, a time of year associated with increased criminal activity.

If you are reading this thinking, ‘That is me,’ the good news is there are plenty of steps you can take to improve your level of home security – without spending a fortune. Even simple measures can be effective. There is no evidence that one single type of security device alone lowers your risk of burglary; however, the risk is significantly lowered when multiple security devices are used in combination – for example, window locks with double locks or deadlocks. Most burglars are opportunists, so the more obstacles you put in their way, the more likely they are to give up.

We also know that certain types of households, for example student and rented accommodation, are more likely to fall victim to burglary, yet less likely to install security devices. We would particularly advise residents of these households to speak to their landlords about making improvements to their home security.

During the holidays, people tend to be more relaxed about home security. In addition to using security devices, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of a Christmas burglary. For example, do not feed Christmas lights through open windows and don’t advertise your gifts by leaving the packaging out on display on Boxing Day.

We would strongly advise local residents to review their home security this Christmas, and of course we are on hand to offer security advice and information.

We wish you all a safe and secure Christmas.

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