If You’re Burgled Once, Are You a Target Again?

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It’s never fun realising you’ve been a victim of theft, especially when the thief has broken into your family home and stolen from you while you were away, or even more traumatising, while you were sleeping. To make matters worse, according to a criminologist report published by Confused.com, if a burglar realises your property is easily accessible and has seen what kind of valuables you have that they may not have taken the first time, they are likely to return a second time. When they do, they are more likely to be efficient since they know the best entry and exit points, plus where all your valuables are.

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Unfortunately, most people think getting burgled was a one-time event and they chalk it up to bad luck. This is generally not the case. Burglars often stake out their targets and choose which homes to break into very carefully. There are a number of reasons why a person’s home could have been targeted, so thinking it was just bad luck and not taking any security measures or precautions to stop it from happening again is a huge mistake.

Reasons burglars hit the same homes twice

Thieves tend to return to the scene of the crime to see if the site is still easy to break into because it’s easier than staking out a new home. If they don’t return themselves, they could also tell others who could try for themselves. It may sound like paranoia, but if you’re an easy target, why would they choose a different target that could be more difficult or dangerous?

Thieves are opportunistic, so if they feel comfortable after their first time, it’s highly likely they will return to scope out the scene again and see if it still is just as easy as it was. They are familiar with the logistics of the crime, like how the property is laid out, where the valuables are, what time is best to strike, and how to get into and out of the home in the easiest way. The most opportunistic burglars will actually strike quite soon after the first burglary because they know you won’t be expecting it so soon.

Steps you should take after a burglary

The absolute first step to take is to call the police. Do not touch anything in your home once you have realised the situation to avoid accidentally tampering with or destroying evidence and explain to the police in detail what happened.

Next, make a list of all the items that have been stolen so when the police arrive you can tell them. If there was anything of high value taken, call your insurance provider as well. They can advise you on what to do and tell you if your stolen objects are covered. Your insurance can also help with any immediate costs, like paying to fix something that was broken when they burglar entered your home.

Check to make sure your keys aren’t missing. If you think there is a key missing, change your locks immediately. Then, check to see what kind of vulnerabilities your home has. The burglar targeted you for a reason, so if you don’t have an alarm system or if you leave your windows or doors unlocked, it’s best to remedy this right away. Installing a CCTV camera or smart home security system is ideal, as it gives you the ultimate control over your security settings. Make sure to always lock your windows and doors when you leave and while you’re home to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

The ERA Smart Security Range: All You Need to Know

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Smart technology is fast revolutionising the way we do things, and it’s no different where home security is concerned. ERA is now offering a cloud-based solution to your security needs, upping the protection factor to prevent any potential threats to your home.

Based in the West Midlands, ERA has been designing and manufacturing locks since 1838. As people have adapted the way they live, ERA has adapted their product range to protect what’s important to them.

This new range of ERA smart devices is easily installed and suitable for any home with a WiFi connection, and effortlessly controlled by the ERA app. At LockRite, we can take care of the full installation of your ERA smart security products, ready for you to easily manage on the move.

So, what’s included in the ERA Smart range?

ERA HomeGuard Pro Alarm System

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This fully integrated cloud-based alarm system allows you to secure multiple locations at any one time, and monitor them easily. This means that not only can you secure your home, but your business premises too, or any other important location, such as a garage or storage unit – all controlled from one account. This alarm system also allows you to choose which individuals are permitted access, and this can be changed at any time.

With the app, you can monitor this alarm system anywhere, at any time, with quick control and easy management. Use of the cloud means that all your details and settings are safely stored. The HomeGuard is also ready to use with any other ERA smart security product.

ERA DoorCam

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The ERA smart DoorCam is a video doorbell which allows you to see who is at your door, even when you are not at home. Through WiFi connectivity, you can answer the door via your smartphone from any place.

The DoorCam provides clear and efficient video imagery, due to its 180-degree field of vision and use of 720p HD resolution video recording capabilities, which won’t be compromised by weather or temperature. This DoorCam also has night vision technology, meaning it remains operational day and night.

The ultra-slim design allows for a subtle addition to any home, in black or white, ready to blend in with your exterior.

ERA HomeCam

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An important safety addition to any home is a security camera. The ERA HomeCam operates on enhanced motion detection technology with a super wide-angle working at 5 Megapixels, along with HD video quality at 720p. Even during the night, the clear video quality is never compromised.

The HomeCam doesn’t only record images, but it operates with two-way audio including built-in microphone and speaker, too. The HomeCam also has a 110-degree field of vision with the ability to turn 360-degree, meaning that no area of your home will be left uncovered.

More than one HomeCam can be installed wherever needed, all controlled via WiFi, and all easily operated from the free app.

ERA TouchKey

ERA TouchKey

ERA’s TouchKey system is the upcoming addition to their full smart range. The One Touch Keyless Smart Lock is set to revolutionise the way you unlock your doors. Using military-grade encryption and ERA’s extensive experience with mechanical locks, the TouchKey System will secure your doors without the need for a key.

Looking to purchase a smart security system, installed by trusted professionals? The ERA smart security range could be for you. Contact us today to discuss your requirements: 0800 0612 677.

Areas Susceptible To Break Ins In The UK: How You Can Protect Your Home

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In comparison to other nations, the UK is a relatively safe place to live. However, there are, of course, some destinations across the country that are more susceptible to crimes and break ins than others. Typically, cities will have a high crime rate; however, this is not always the case. Small villages can also be vulnerable to burglary.

Areas of high crime should not necessarily be avoided, as by implementing a few simple safety measures you can help set up your home to protect you and your loved ones from burglary and break in.

The idea of somebody you don’t know having access to your home and belongings is a distressing thought. It doesn’t matter if you are in the house or not, you should not have to spend your time worrying about whether your house, belongings and loved ones are safe.

According to analysis by MoneySupermarket, as of January 2019, some of the top areas in the UK for burglaries and break in are as follows:

  • Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire
  • Ingatestone, Essex
  • Ilford, London
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • Solihull, Birmingham
  • Woking, Surrey
  • Cheadle, Stoke on Trent
  • Manchester

What are these statistics based on?

These statistics were analysed from two million home insurance quotes over the last two years, identifying the top postcodes with claims for home contents theft. As well as some rural spots, including small villages, some busy cities also make the top 10 including Edinburgh and Manchester. Bristol, Liverpool and Cambridge also ranked rather highly.

The various types of burglary

Burglary can take many forms, including:

Simple burglary – An individual entering your home without permission.

Aggravated burglary – When an individual gains unauthorized entry into a building with somebody inside, and the individual is in possession of a weapon.

Home invasion – A rarer crime, but still possible. A home invasion is a pre-meditated act that may involve force or violence to enter an establishment with intent.

Some burglars may focus on a set area or neighbourhood, and have methods of forced entry. As well as taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows, some will be happy to break windows and break down doors to gain access and take whatever they can.

Other criminals may be more specialised, will be more efficient and aim to leave no trace of forced entry to your home.

Your front door is often considered the most common entry point for thieves. For many, they may search for a spare key, or if a criminal knows you are not at home, they may simply force open your door. The secondary door in your home applies to side doors, garage doors and skylights. It is advised that you don’t neglect these entry points, as it could be easier for a burglar to gain access through these, particularly if there are items nearby to help them do the job.

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So, what preventative measures can I take?

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave your house. This may include when you’re out in the garden.
  • Hide all keys out of sight and away from the letterbox. The letterbox is a common tool for burglars to use to help gain entry if they can. Typical methods are reaching in and grabbing nearby keys or turning the door lock.
  • Leave radios or lights on when you are away from home to create the illusion that someone is home, or install timers for your lights.
  • Make sure side gates and fences are in good condition. Ensure your garden gate has a solid and secure lock.
  • Install outside light sensors.
  • Install a home security CCTV system.
  • Install a burglar alarm.

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Home security systems are one of the easiest and safest ways to deter a criminal from targeting your home. Security measures could include:

  • Smart Locks – These enable you to lock your doors using an app or key fob. This removes the need for a key and there are various types with models compatible with PVCu and Composite doors as well as timber doors.
  • Alarms – Alarms are a steadfast and obvious deterrent for burglars. According to recent studies, 60% of burglars say they would be discouraged from targeting a house if they knew an alarm was installed.
  • CCTV Installation – You can take your security measures one step further by installing CCTV that can be monitored from your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • Light timers – Making a house seem occupied through light timers is a simple way to deter burglars, who simply may not bother if they think somebody is in. Fake occupancy strategies are inexpensive and a practical way to prevent you from becoming an easy target.

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Nobody wants to be a target for burglary. However, by being aware and implementing some simple security measures, you can rest assured in knowing that you have done all you can and will not be an easy target in any way for criminals.

No-one should ever be made to feel unsafe in their town or city, but they definitely should never feel in danger in their own home. If you want to protect your property, yourself and your loved ones, get in touch with us here at LockRite and see how we can help strengthen your home’s security.

Smart Locks VS. Traditional Locks: What is the Safest and Best Option for Your Home in 2019

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Technology continues to change the world, and even home security has been affected. Smart locks are the inevitable extension of smartphone linked CCTV, and they are becoming increasingly popular. Of course, locks of any kind are safeguards, but people tend not to give them much thought until they are locked out of their home or have had the unpleasant experience of being burgled.

When the time does come to give more thought to your home security, you may be tempted to stick with traditional locks, but would a smart lock be better for your property? The lock that you choose will determine how safe your home and possessions are, so it’s vital that you make the choice that makes you feel confident about your daily security.

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Traditional Locks

When you think of the usual lock on your doors, you don’t normally think of the word ‘traditional.’ Until smart locks came along, traditional locks were just called locks. While there are a wide variety of traditional locks, the key defining feature that separates them from smart locks is that they are manually operated and engaged. From deadbolts to mortise locks, they all need a key, a thumb turn, or a button push.

The most common lock type for homes remains the pin-tumbler traditional lock. These can be very secure, but they need to be used in the right place and in the right way. The factors that impact their effectiveness include:

  • Where the lock is placed
  • The regularity of use
  • Whether or not it is the only lock at the entry point

Traditional locks are always excellent additions to a home as long as you have the right type in the right place. Traditional locks can always be enhanced with further additions, but it’s always worth talking to professional locksmiths if you want to make sure that your home is as secure as possible.

Homeowner unlocking Front Door With Yale Conexis L1 Smart Lock

Smart Locks

Like traditional locks, there are a number of different types of smart lock already available on the market. Essentially, a smart lock is simply a more automated version of the traditional lock. They will still be using the same locking mechanism as a traditional lock, but the most obvious difference is that you are able to engage with them in a different way. Look at how the Yale Conexis smart lock changes the way that you can control home access. Able to be worked both electronically and remotely, smart locks can give you a greater level of control over your home security without the need to be anywhere near your property. When you can control your home locks via your smartphone, you are able to monitor property access no matter where you are.

Smart vs. Traditional

One of the reasons why people might be wary of smart locks is that they don’t understand how they work. There is also the concern that having a smart lock installed leaves you exposed to digital threats as well as property ones. However, because the fundamental locking technology of both traditional and smart locks remains the same at the foundation, they are both remarkably effective.

No lock is ever 100% unbreakable, so that means that no matter what lock you have installed on your property, it’s always best to discuss exactly what you need with a professional locksmith. We will be able to advise you on the choice that suits you, and give you tips on improved security measures. That means your home could be more secure than ever.

Find your local locksmith at https://www.lockrite.org.