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The rise of sneak-in burglaries

Since more of us have been in at home because of the coronavirus lockdown, house burglaries were expected to have lowered. But just like the world has had to adapt, it seems common thieves and burglars have also. And did you know that research published last year showed that 58% of burglaries actually happen when someone is in the home? Not something you’d expect!

With police reporting a steady rise in the number of burglaries when someone is in the home, the term ‘sneak in’ burglaries has been coined, so let’s take a look at what you can do to prevent them.

What is a sneak-in burglary?

A sneak-in burglary is a break-in via an unsecured window or door, meaning if the thief is quiet enough and experienced, you may not notice even if you’re in. Police are warning more of sneak-in burglaries and how opportunistic thieves can be; they stress how you can help prevent this by being more vigilant and remembering to secure windows and doors and not leave valuables in clear view nearby.

How to prevent sneak-in burglaries

Whenever you’re inside, you should still be locking all your doors to help deter the sneak-in burglar. Make sure if you need windows to be open that your valuables are kept far out of sight. Too often, people leave keys on display, wallets, handbags etc. near open windows. It only takes seconds for an experienced thief to snatch your items and be on their way.

What can I do to improve my home security?

There are many things you can do to help further protect you, your family and your valuables at home.

  • Get into the strict habit of locking all doors straight away and leaving keys out of sight. Avoid leaving keys, purses, money etc. on tables that are close to your letterbox
  • Make sure windows are always locked when not in use. If you ever need some fresh air or when summertime comes, make sure when windows are open that valuables are far out of sight and reach
  • Do you find yourself mindlessly forgetting about leaving tablets and laptops on display? Be more attentive and always scan your house before leaving it and hide away items that could entice burglars
  • Set up alarm sensors for all entry points - that’s your windows and doors - to alert you of any intrusion. With smarter technologies now, you needn’t worry about your pet setting it off as they can work by detecting only the unique heat signature of humans
  • With intelligent home monitoring systems, you can use our home security camera and app to monitor immediate intrusive activity as well as relying on automated police dispatch if you’re not at home
  • If you have vehicles, maintain the crucial habit of locking away any valuables like satnavs, dash cams, money etc.
  • Join or set up a neighbourhood watch scheme to improve neighbourhood and community security. This can further deter burglars when signposted. Take a peek at our guide on how to be a good neighbour
  • Burglars come at all levels but most of the incidents come at perfectly, opportunistic moments. Don’t provide these moments for them. Stay alert and keep being mindful of the valuables you leave on display or near open windows.

    If you’re not sure what’s the best setup for you and your home, speak to our expert team to help guide you through.