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How to prevent burglary damage

Burglaries are the most worrying crime in the Netherlands. How to prevent burglary and even better how to prevent your home from being broken into? To better understand burglaries (and help people feel safer in their homes), we've compiled the most surprising facts about house burglary in a row. But we don't stop there. We have also included security tips and essential steps you can take to keep your home and possessions safe from burglary and break-in damage.

Break-in time and burglary damage

On average, a burglar needs only 1 to 2.5 minutes to enter your house, if there is a bad lock on the door. With a safe lock, this burglary time increases to 5 minutes. The average loss through burglary is between two and three thousand euros. And this only concerns the stolen goods. On top of that, there are the costs for repairing the burglary damage. Think here of Replacing locks, front door lock, door and window security. This is a lot of money, especially for people who live on a basic wage.

Apart from the monetary cost, burglaries also take a great emotional toll. You may need to recover from a financial setback, but at the same time you may be grieving the loss of things of sentimental value. You also need to recover from the sense of security you had before the burglary. Many people's emotional and mental health suffers after a burglary. Think also of sleeping problems. The idea that someone else has been in your home is often difficult to get out of your head.

People worried about break-ins

The number of residential burglaries fell by 75% in the past decade to 23.5 thousand. The police were able to arrest a suspect in approximately 1 in 10 burglaries. These are the figures from Statistics Netherlands. Especially in the last two years, the number of home burglaries has decreased sharply because of the coronapandemic. People worked a lot at home and could not go out, so there was always someone present in the house. This reduced the likelihood of home burglary and, consequently, burglary damage.

Despite the decline, many people are concerned about burglary and the damage it causes. Burglary damage includes both material damage to, for example, the front door lock and the window frames. But burglary damage also includes emotional damage. Not feeling safe in your own home, not being able to sleep and constantly being on your guard. Many people worry about break-ins when no one is at home, but people also fear burglary while they are sleeping.

This concern outweighs other worries about property crime, such as your possessions being stolen. For example, your jewellery, cash lying around the house or the car parked outside your door. Prevent burglary damage by securing your home properly and have old locks replaced with new ones with a Police Seal of Approval. Always choose a recognised locksmith, such as Slotenmaker NK who is active throughout the Netherlands.

What is the difference between home burglary and burglary?

All residential burglaries are burglaries, but not all burglaries are residential burglaries. Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime. Residential burglary requires the forcible entry of a dwelling. Forcible entry includes both physical force and threats of force.

Burglary damage is more common during the summer months

As soon as the temperature outside rises, so do the number of burglaries. Burglary damage is therefore more common in the summer months than in the winter. Windows and doors are often wide open in the summer, making it easier for thieves to enter your home.

If you leave your house and, for example, forget to lock the window frame, this is an "open door" for burglars. They can get into your home virtually without any break-in damage. In addition, many burglaries take place in the middle of the day. Burglars know quickly enough if you leave a window open or a door unlocked.

Therefore, always make sure that you close all windows and doors properly before you leave your house. Nowadays, window and door security, good anti-burglary locks and a camera installation are no unnecessary luxury. It prevents burglary and also burglary damage. Do you want to secure your home against burglary? Then contact Locksmith NK. Prevent burglary and ask Locksmith NK for free burglary prevention advice.

Burglary of rented accommodation higher than for homeowners

Burglary in rented accommodation is higher than in homes owned by homeowners. This has simply to do with the fact that home owners often have better security than tenants. A camera system, safe locks on doors and windows and an alarm system. It is often very easy for burglars to enter a house. This has to do with the locks. That's why secure locks for the front door and back door are very important.

Safe locks have an SKG quality mark. The Foundation for Quality Construction tests locks on their durability and strength. The locks are given stars from 1 to 3. The more stars, the more secure the lock is. A lock with 3 stars, for example, can make it take a burglar 5 minutes longer to enter a house.

In addition, rented homes are less likely to have a Police Quality Mark for Safe Living (Politiekeurmerk Veilig Wonen, PKVW). Houses that carry this quality mark are better protected against burglary and break-in damage. The advantage of a PKVW is that the chance of a successful burglary is reduced to 80%. Security measures such as certified hinges and locks, good lighting inside and outside reduce the risk of burglary damage. Locksmith NK is a certified locksmith with Politiekeurmerk. Ask us for a free advice.

How to protect your home against burglary

Burglary damage is better prevented. Therefore, be proactive and not reactive. Replacing locks with secure anti-burglary locks is a smart choice. Adding a home alarm system with cameras is also a very good way to deter burglars. Prevent break-ins by securing your home properly. A burglar will choose a house without good SKG locks and Police Hallmark faster.

We don't like to see people suffer the emotional and financial loss that comes with burglary. That's why we stick to our motto that security is a lifestyle and not an afterthought. It's not possible to guarantee that you won't be the victim of a break-in, but you can do a lot right now to make it much less likely. Prevent burglary damage by taking the right measures. So contact Locksmith NK for a free consultation on burglary prevention.

Finally, we give you 9 tips on how to protect your home from burglary and break-ins.

#1 Stay away from social media

By this we mean that you do not post on social media that you are on holiday. Posting plans to go out or showing off beach photos from your holiday is a sure sign to burglars that no one is home. Don't tag your posts with your location or share glamour shots from your holiday while you're still out of town.

#2 Take out house insurance

One of the best ways to mitigate the effects of a burglary and break-in is to have your valuables covered by buildings and contents insurance. If you have irreplaceable items, consider a safe that is bolted down or too heavy for a thief to run away with.

#3 Tend your garden

Believe it or not, a well-tended garden can also help to keep out the pests. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed so they don't become shelters. If you go on holiday, get someone to mow the lawn while you're away so it doesn't look like your home is deserted. This will prevent burglary damage.

#4 Install a home security system

You can get an alarm system with 24/7 surveillance for much less than the cost of the average burglary. You can get a home security system without a subscription for just a few hundred euros. Moreover, most burglars admit that they skip a house with a home security system and then look for an easier target.

#5 Replacing locks with secure hardware

The standard locks on house and flat doors are usually not the safest. It's easy to replace a standard lock with one that meets high security standards and has a reputation for keeping criminals out. Locksmith NK will help you with lock replacements, request a free quote today and prevent theft and burglary damage.

#6 Securing the home against burglary: cracking down on weak spots

Do you want to properly secure your home against burglary? Then look for weak spots in the security around your home. This can be anything. From a sliding glass door to an unlit path from the car to the front door. Adding an extra cylinder lock or an outdoor light with motion detection provides extra security and helps you sleep better at night.

#7 Talk to the landlord

If you are a tenant, you are at increased risk of burglary and break-in damage. Read your rental contract and talk to the landlord about any security concerns you may have. Ask if the lock can be replaced by a safe lock with SKG approval. And add a compact all-in-one security system. After all, you don't want to become a victim of burglary.

#8 Deterrence: install security camera outside and inside

Sometimes you just need an outdoor security camera to scare off a suspected intruder. With an indoor security camera, you can make recordings and often watch yourself from a distance. Video doorbells with camera are another good way to keep an eye on your property and let burglars know that you are paying attention. You can prevent break-ins and the associated burglary damage.

#9 Don't wait too long: call in a locksmith

Too many people put off securing their home until after a break-in. It is easy to think that burglary is something that happens to 'other people', but the truth is that it can happen to any of us. Take action now to make sure your home, valuables, pets and loved ones are all protected.

Therefore, make an appointment with Locksmith NK for a free burglary prevention consultation. Let us replace the locks with secure hardware on your windows and doors. Do you already have burglary damage? Then our experts can also quickly repair the burglary damage. Call our 24/7 emergency service if you have burglary damage.

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