How to prevent burglary damage
Burglaries are the most worrying crime in the Netherlands. How do you prevent burglary damage and even better how do you prevent your home from being broken into? To better understand burglary (and help people feel more secure in their home), we've got the most surprising facts about home burglary organised. But let's not stop there. We've also included safety tips and essential steps you can take to keep your home and belongings safe from break-ins and burglary damage.
Break-in time and break-in damage
On average, a burglar only needs 1 to 2,5 minutes to enter your house, provided there is a bad lock on the door. With a secure lock, this break-in time increases to 5 minutes. The average loss of damage due to burglary is between two and three thousand euros. And this only concerns the stolen goods. On top of that are the costs of repairing burglary damage. Think about replace locks, front door lock, door and window security. This is a considerable amount of money, especially for people who have to get by on a basic wage.
In addition to the monetary costs, burglaries also take a heavy emotional toll. You may need to recover from a financial setback, but at the same time, you are also grieving the loss of things of sentimental value. In addition, you also need to recover the sense of security you had before the break-in. Many people struggle with their emotional and mental health after a burglary. Also consider sleeping problems. The idea that someone else has been in your home is often difficult to get out of your mind.
People worry about burglary
The number of domestic burglaries has fallen by 75% in the past ten years to 23,5 thousand burglaries. In about 1 in 10 burglaries, the police were able to arrest a suspect. This is evident from the figures from Statistics Netherlands. Especially in the last two years, the number of home burglaries has fallen sharply due to the corona pandemic. People often worked from home and could not go out, so there was always someone in the house. This reduced the risk of burglary and therefore also burglary damage.
Despite the decline, many people are concerned about burglary and the damage caused by burglary. Burglary damage concerns both material damage to, for example, the front door lock and the frames. But also contains emotional burglary damage. Not feeling safe in your own home, not being able to sleep and being constantly on your guard. Many people are therefore concerned about burglary when no one is home, but they also fear burglary while you are sleeping.
This concern trumps other concerns about property crime, such as having your belongings stolen. For example, your jewelry, cash that is in the house or the car that is parked in front of the door. Prevent burglary damage by properly securing your home and have old locks replaced by new ones with a Police quality mark. Always choose a recognized locksmith, such as Locksmith NK who is active throughout the Netherlands.
What is the difference between home burglary and burglary?
All burglaries are burglaries, but not all burglaries are burglaries. Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime. Home burglary requires forcible entry into a home. Violent intrusion includes both physical violence and threats of violence.
Burglary damage is more common during the summer months
As the temperature outside rises, the number of burglaries also rises. Burglary damage as a result of a burglary is therefore more common in the summer months than in the winter period. In the summer, windows and doors are often wide open, making it easier for thieves to enter your home.
If you leave your home and, for example, forget to close the window frame lock, this is an 'open door' for burglars. They can enter your home almost without burglary damage. In addition, many burglaries take place in the middle of the day. Burglars quickly find out whether you leave a window open or whether a door is not properly locked.
Therefore, always make sure that you close all windows and doors properly before you leave your house. Window and door security, good anti-burglary locks and a camera installation are no superfluous luxury these days. It prevents burglary and thereby also the burglary damage. Do you want to protect your home against burglary? Please contact Locksmith NK for this. Prevent burglary and ask Locksmith NK for free burglary prevention advice.
Burglary in rental home higher than with homeowners
Rental home burglary is higher than for homeowners' homes. This is simply due to the fact that homeowners often have better security than tenants. A camera installation, secure 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 is why secure locks for the front door and back door are very important.
Safe locks have an SKG quality mark. Foundation Quality Gevelbouw tests locks for durability and strength. The locks are given stars from 1 to 3. The more stars, the safer the lock is. For example, a lock with 3 stars can ensure that a burglar takes 5 minutes longer to enter a home.
In addition, rental properties are less likely to have a Police Quality Mark Safe Living (PKVW). Homes that bear this quality mark are better protected against burglary and burglary damage. The advantages of a PKVW is that the chance of a successful burglary decreases by up 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 recognized locksmith with Police quality mark. Ask us for a free advice.
How to protect your home against burglary damage
Burglary damage is better to prevent. Therefore, be proactive and not reactive. Replacing locks to safe anti-burglary locks is a smart choice. Adding a home alarm system with cameras is also a great way to deter burglars. Prevent burglary by properly securing your home. A burglar is more likely to opt for a house without good SKG locks and Police quality mark.
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 safety is a lifestyle, not an afterthought. There's no guarantee that you won't be the victim of a break-in, but there's a lot you can do right now to make it much less likely. Prevent burglary damage by taking good measures. Therefore, contact Locksmith NK for a free consultation about burglary prevention.
Finally, we give you 9 tips on how to protect your home against burglary and burglary damage.
#1 Stay off social media
By this we mean that you do not post on social media that you are on vacation. Posting plans to go out or showing off beach photos from your vacation is a sign to burglars that no one is home. Don't tag your posts with your location or share glamor photos from your vacation while you're still out of town.
#2 Take out a home insurance policy
One of the best ways to mitigate the consequences of a break-in and burglary damage is to have your valuables covered by home and contents insurance. If you have irreplaceable items, consider a safe that is bolted on or too heavy for a thief to run away with.
#3 Take care of your garden
Believe it or not, a well-maintained garden can also help keep the scum out. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed so they don't become shelters. If you're going on vacation, have someone mow the lawn while you're gone so your home doesn't look like it's deserted. This prevents 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 damage. You can purchase a home security system without a subscription for a few hundred euros. In addition, most burglars admit to skipping a home with a home security system and then looking for an easier target.
#5 Replacing locks to safe hinges and locks
The locks that are standard on the doors of houses and apartments 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 helps you replace locks, request a free quote today and prevent theft and burglary damage.
#6 Protecting your home against burglary: fix vulnerabilities
Do you want to properly protect your home against burglary? Then look for weak spots in the security around your home. It could 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 host
If you are a tenant, you run an increased risk of burglary and burglary damage. Read your lease and talk to the landlord about any safety concerns you have. Ask if you can replace the lock with a safe lock with the SKG quality mark. And add a compact all-in-one security system. After all, you don't want to become a victim of burglary damage.
#8 Scare: Install security camera outside and inside
Sometimes all you need is an outside security camera to deter an alleged intruder. With a security camera inside you can make recordings and often watch from a distance. Video doorbell with camera is another great way to keep an eye on your property and let burglars know you're watching. This prevents break-ins and the associated break-in damage.
#9 Don't wait too long: call in a locksmith
Too many people put off securing their home until after a break-in has already taken place. It's 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 free burglary prevention advice. Let us replace the locks with secure hinges and locks on the windows and doors. Do you already have burglary damage? Then our experts can quickly repair the burglary damage. Call our 24/7 emergency service if you have burglary damage.