Recent research has shown that a surprising number of people – over 85% of a representative sample of over 700 professional tradespeople – had fitted security hardware for their customers after they had experienced a break-in rather than as a precautionary measure.
Whilst retro-fitting does seem a little behind the event, another survey confirms that a burglary at domestic premises is five times more likely to occur where there are no security measures in place compared to locations with two or three security precautions evident.
Doors and windows are perceived as vulnerable areas for a security breach, with dark or sheltered areas providing cover for intruders. By far the most common means of entry for burglaries are open or unlocked doors, but forcing locks ranks a close second, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Burglary does not always occur when expected – for example, during most people’s daytime work hours – but it is often opportunistic and a certain amount of advance reconnaissance will have been done to assess weak points.
Top Three Anti-Burglary Devices
It is no surprise therefore that the surveyed tradespeople rank door locks as the most popular product fitted for customers, with around two-thirds of them rating door locks as the most effective way of securing a building. The survey also highlighted concerns about window security, so it is no surprise that window locks are the second most popular item fitted.
Fitting door and window furniture with inbuilt security is, of course, one option, but when replacing windows and doors in Dublin, most reputable firms will include security measures as standard. The likes of Keane windows, for example, integrate security measures across their range, whether for doors or windows.
The boundaries and dark areas around a domestic premises can increase its vulnerability to burglary, providing ease of access as well as shadows in which to shelter unauthorised entry. Concerns such as these were addressed by the tradespeople surveyed by fitting security lighting and CCTV. The latter requires monitoring, support and can be more expensive, whereas security lighting outranked CCTV as the third most popular product fitted.
Whilst shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted may be a result of vulnerability in the first instance, it would seem it is not too late to take precautions.