Security blog: 10 burglary myths not to be believed

My name is Kevin Tirvengadum and I am a security consultant for Banham Security, the largest supplier of burglary prevention systems in London and the South-east. We have a showroom on Maidenhead High St. Every month I will be answering your security concerns on issues such as cold caller scams to garden security. This month's feature is on '10 Burglary Myths Not To Believe'

Kevin Tirvengadum

Security blog: 10 burglary myths not to be believed

Kevin Tirvengadum

When considering installing security measures we quite often refer to friends for advice, reference movies or look up myths of the past, this leads to confusion and frustration. To make it easier we have put together a list of the top ten burglar myths not to believe:

Myth 1 – “Burglars carry a bag of complex tools and only wear black”

Unlike the movies, where thieves are seen wearing all black while using complicated tools to pry open the garage door or finding a way into the basement. Doors are actually the most common means of entry, in many cases the door is unlocked or a window is left open  and the intruder can gain entry. It is true that most burglaries take place after dark but intruders do not want to be disturbed or confronted, the property is just as much at risk during the day when you are away from the property at work or on holiday.

Myth 2 – “Burglars spend a lot of time planning a break in”

Burglars are opportunists who choose homes that are easy targets, homes without any apparent security system, with poorly secured entry points, homes of people who work full time or travel often. In many situations, a burglar can identify a poorly secured home in only 10 seconds!

Myth 3 – “Security stickers on the window will make a burglar think you have an alarm”

It may help you feel secure, but an intruder can tell if a property is secured with a robust security system. It is not worth putting stickers up if you don’t have an alarm system and if you do, a reputable company always places the name/logo on the bell box which the intruder will see.

Myth 4 – “Keep your items in a ‘safe place’ ”

They are not safe unless they are placed in a secure SAFE. Most people tend to hide valuables in their bedroom in common hiding places such as the underwear drawer or under the mattress; if the property is broken into these are the first places burglars will target. Burglars will target the most valuable yet easiest to transport items rather than larger appliances. Keys, wallets, phones, jewellery, iPods/mp3 players, tablets and laptops are most popular objects.

Myth 5 –“Rose bushes will keep burglars away”

Many homeowners believe thorny bushes in front of windows keep burglars out. However, professional burglars usually wear gloves and two layers of clothing. Instead, be sure you keep your plants and bushes trimmed below the sills so they can’t easily hide a burglar; you should also secure your windows with high security locks.

Myth 6 – “Burglars mainly break in through windows”

Surprisingly burglars choose the front door over any other point of entry. In fact, 64% of homeowners confessed to occasionally leaving doors unlocked whilst away from home and a further 37% whilst inside the home – even though statistics show that 22% of burglaries are carried out with the thief aware that the home was occupied.

Myth 7 – “Don’t bother with alarm monitoring, it’s a waste of money”

Unless you‘re home how else would you or the police know if there was a break-in? Many neighbours tend to ignore an alarm ringing if it is bells only. Burglars know this and are willing to wait up to twenty minutes to see if police or a key holding service arrives to the property, if no one arrives the burglar is more willing to take a chance and will continue their mission. This makes alarm monitoring invaluable as they are able to alert the emergency services or your designated keyholder as soon as a breech has been detected.

Myth 8 –“I have a pet so I cannot have an alarm”

Pet owners can still enjoy the protection of a burglar alarm by installing perimeter-only detectors to the alarm system or by incorporating pet-friendly motion sensors.

Myth 9 –“Wireless alarms are unreliable”

In the past, yes wireless alarms were unreliable but technology has moved on over the years. Wireless alarms are as reliable as their wired counterparts. 

Insurance companies do accept wireless alarms for home security; this makes them perfect for homes that have been recently decorated.

Myth 10 – “Police do not respond to alarms”

Police may not respond to a bells only system unless it has been reported by the home owner or member of public. However, Police would respond to a monitored burglar alarms which has been allocated a Unique Reference Numbers (URN) in accordance with ACPO Policy Documents DD243:2004.

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  • andrew

    09:27, 15 November 2016

    Not exactly and independant source of security wisdoms.



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