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UK Burglary Statistics 2021 – Advice for securing your home

Many of us worry about falling victim to a burglary, especially when we’re home alone or going on holiday and leaving our property unattended for a significant amount of time. Thankfully the 2021 burglary statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicate that burglaries in England and Wales fell again in the year ending March 2020. However that doesn’t mean that we don’t still have to be vigilant. There are certain useful pieces of information that can be pulled from the data in order to help you better guard against the risk of having your house broken into. So let’s dive right in with some vital statistics!

It’s all about timing

This year’s UK burglary statistics show that, just like the previous ten years, the majority of house break-ins happen during the evening or night. This probably doesn’t surprise you, as operating under the cover of darkness reduces the risk of thieves being spotted by passersby. Having said that, the difference in the number of daylight burglaries and nighttime burglaries might not be as large as you expect, with about 62% happening between the hours of 6pm and 6am. Either way, the lesson here is that it’s helpful to take extra steps to secure your home at night. Some top suggestions include:

  • Installing motion-sensitive security lights on your property to illuminate any intruders and scare them off. No one likes to commit a crime under a spotlight!
  • Having your interior lights on a timer to come on during the evening when you’re not home. The side note to this tip is not to leave them on continuously. This can look strange and make it obvious to potential burglars that no one’s at home – after all, it’s not often that you leave the lights on all night!
  • Keep your curtains closed – that way, no one can see for sure whether you’re in or not, or spot any valuables on display that might act as a temptation to opportunistic thieves.

Burglar Breaking In

Method of entry

The ONS 2021 burglary statistics also showed that entering a home via a door was by far the most common method for burglars – occurring in 76% of cases – followed by windows at 20%. Again this might not be a particularly surprising finding but is useful as an indication as to where you should concentrate your home security efforts. Beyond the obvious advice to always lock your doors (please do this, whether you are at home or not!), the following tips can be helpful:

  • Install locks that meet British Standard requirements, or upgrade to a digital smart lock that can be operated from your phone
  • Don’t hide spare keys under your doormat, plant pots, or other similar places – burglars know all the tricks, and unfortunately, you’re unlikely to fool them. Leaving a key with a friend, family member, or neighbour is your best option
  • Ensure that your exterior doors are strong and sturdy – including the frame. This will make it harder to break them. Composite doors are generally a reliable choice
  • Have CCTV cameras (or dummy ones) installed where people can see them. This is one of the best deterrents you can have – with barking dogs being equally effective but more adorable!
  • Keep your garden clear. Leaving out tools or ladders is only making the job of gaining entry to your home easier for opportunistic thieves

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Don’t become another statistic

If there’s one thing that the UK burglary statistics can teach us, it’s that we don’t want to be included in them! The good news is that we can take lots of actions to protect our property and our possessions. Thieves tend to be put off by anything that makes a burglary more difficult or risky, so take advantage of this. Here are a few of our top tips:

  • Never post too much information about your schedule, holiday plans and similar details on social media (or any other public forum). This is advertising to burglars that your house is empty and therefore might be easy to steal from
  • Add a cage around your letterbox to prevent thieves from using a small implement to ‘fish’ your keys or similar small items out without even having to enter your home. Similarly, never leave your keys in the lock
  • Install a burglar alarm or a convincing fake, and ensure that people can see from the outside that it’s activated
  • If you have neighbours you get on well with, ask them to pop round when you’re away for long periods of time to prevent the post from piling up – this can signal to burglars that no one is at home and therefore, your property is an easy target

Why It’s a Smart Idea To Get a Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm

Your home is full of valuable possessions, stuff that you’d want to keep away from the wrong hands. That’s why it’s a good idea to do all you can to have the best home security possible. Although home intrusions, break-ins, burglaries, and robberies are rare, they still happen. To ensure that it’s not your home that’s targeted, you need to invest in the best home protection you can get, be that via locks, deterrents like lights, and other measures.

One of the best things you can do is invest in a Smart Home Alarm. These gadgets are some of the best options out there for people wanting to better protect their homes and come with a lot of benefits. Here’s why it’s a clever move to get a Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm.

Yale Sync Alarm - Keypad

Instant Alerts

With most house alarms, when they’re triggered, it’ll set off a physical alarm in an attempt to deter the trespasser and also alert people nearby that something unwanted is happening. When you are in the home and this happens, this loud alarm will be enough to let you know what’s happening and better deal with the situation.

However, if you’re away from home and the property is unattended, then you might not have any knowledge that your home is being broken into. Furthermore, if your home is empty, the people doing the break-in are most likely aware of that, and therefore will be less deterred by an alarm going off.

What makes the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm so clever is that if an alarm is tripped, it will immediately send you an alert on your mobile device, meaning that you are aware of the incident the second it takes place. This can then allow you to call the police and, hopefully, catch the bandit in the act.

Yale Sync Alarm App

Mobile Control

In addition to getting alarms on your phone, the Yale app that accompanies the device also allows the user to control and customise when their alarms are active. They can do so from a separate location to the home. This allows you to ensure that alarms are active when you need them, and it also provides an avenue to lock an entranceway if you forgot to do so manually. You can also set timers if there are regular times where you’d prefer the alarm to be active, and all of this makes the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm a very convenient piece of home security to have.

Furthermore, these alarms can be made even more convenient when used in conjunction with a home assistant device such as an Alexa or Google Dot. Synching your alarm with these devices allows you to voice command your alarms, meaning that you won’t have to fiddle around with any keypads and instead will be able to control your alarms for anywhere in the home.

Yale Sync Alarm - Compatible with Alexa

Pet Sensors

One of the worst things about home security alarms is that pets can be really awkward with them, as they can either set off alarms accidentally, and they might not be able to get access into and out of the home freely. The Yale Sync comes with options where you can get pet sensors to deal with this problem. With a range of 200m, this wireless sensor will only activate the alarm if it detects movement from things that are larger than 25kg and above. This means that your furry friend, be that a dog or a cat, can move around your property freely without risking them tripping an alarm.

Yale Sync Alarm Sensor

It’s Compatible With A Lot

When investing in a Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm, you will be getting complete coverage of your home. However, the device and network of additional items are expandable, meaning that you can add various other home security technology to your arsenal to ensure that your home is even safer. This will allow you to ensure that you have all the most advanced and up-to-date home security technology. One of the best devices to integrate with your Yale Sync Home Alarm is a doorbell camera. This will allow you to see who is ringing your doorbell and give you a live feed of activity around your home.

Due to all these features, the Yale Sync Smart home alarm is a genius security system to invest in and is highly recommended. To make sure your alarm works as well as it can, be sure to also get some brilliant locks from us too. Call us now on 0800 0612 677 or visit lockrite.org to find a locksmith near you.

Yale Linus Smart Lock

Dumb as a doorknob no longer, not with the new smart technology you can have for your door. Now you can get smart locks that make your entire home smarter and safer, and you can do it with the new Yale Linus Lock. Our expert locksmiths know exactly how to install your Yale Smart Lock and can also link it up with the full Yale security range, like your Yale Alarms and your Yale CCTV.

We are a certified Yale Smart Security Partner. Not only can we supply the amazing Yale Linus Lock, but we are just the people to call for installation and repair.

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Award-Winning Yale Linus Smart Lock for Your Home

The Yale Linus Lock was designed by the renowned Swiss designer Yves Béhar, who worked to create a stunning lock with a sleek design and state-of-the-art security.

The Yale Linus Lock has won many awards and the admiration of homeowners and contractors alike. It’s a Red Dot Awards winner and has also brought home awards from the European Product Design Awards and the Ambient Awards. It is a smart lock that can be fit to many doors and only requires an app on your phone to operate. It comes with so many smart features and works even better with a full Yale Security System.

Features of the Yale Linus Lock

There are so many great reasons to love the Yale Linus lock and all the great lock and security options in the Yale range. They have truly put convenience and security together in a beautiful design that works wonderfully with every home design. Choose Yale as your smart lock and LockRite as your installer, and you’ll be able to enjoy all these wonderful features:

Smart Locking Wherever You Are

Smart locks are controlled and managed via your phone or even Apple Watch. These devices replace the need for a key. Not only will your lock automatically unlock when you walk up to your door, but you can also remotely control it from wherever you are. Have a guest coming over? Unlock it for them remotely. For supreme security, pair with CCTV as well, so you can let in delivery people and monitor their activity until you can lock your door again. You can also use this look via an Alexa device, Google Home, and Home Kit to give you more control over your security.

Yale Linus Door Lock - With Alexa, HomeKit and Google Home

The best part is that you will never forget to lock your door again with auto-lock features that make it easy to keep your home secure wherever you are.

Safe and Secure with Multiple Security Measures

An app? Is it safe? It’s supremely safe! Your Yale Access account requires 2-factor authentication and its security is top-notch. Your system will be protected with AES and TLS encryption, which is what banks use to keep accounts secure. If you lose your phone, don’t worry, as you can go online and disable all your virtual keys to keep your home protected.

We Can Install Your Lock

We can install your Yale Linus Lock. Our trustworthy locksmiths can fit your new smart lock for you on your existing door. We will get your brand new Yale Linus lock installed before you know it.

Yale Linus Smart Lock Installed

Easy to Maintain

You’ll get alerts for everything, from when you need to replace the battery to when something happens to your door that you need to know. So stay in the know wherever you are, and stay in control.

Doorsense™ Technology

This smart lock is so clever it can even tell when your door was not properly closed. You’ll never accidentally leave with the door open or ajar again, as you’ll get a notification from your Yale app before you even get to your car.

Works With Your Yale System

Combine the Yale Linus Lock with a Yale Alarm and Yale CCTV to protect your property. This is ideal for private residences, vacation properties, and of course for rental properties.

We Can Install the Full Yale Smart Door Lock

Interested in another lock from the Yale security line? Our experts know their stuff and can help you choose the perfect smart lock for your home. Just get in touch, and we’ll help you go through your options to find the best lock to keep your home secure. Let us link your new lock up with your existing Yale smart security system, or let us install the full range, including your new Yale alarm and Yale CCTV, for ultimate security for your home.

Locksmith Services

Lock Outs Service

If you’re locked out, we can get you back in! We’re experts at picking locks and gaining entry.

Lock Changes and Repair Service

We change, repair and fit a wide variety of locks, including : Mortice Locks & Euro Cylinders.

Smart Locks Services

Our expert locksmiths can supply and fit the latest digital smart locks. Including the Yale Linus.

CCTV Installation Service

Our trained locksmiths can supply and fit the latest High definition CCTV to your home or business premises.

Alarm Installation Service

Our locksmiths can professionally install the full range of Yale smart alarms.

Window Boarding Service

Our locksmiths can provide boarding services to secure your home or commercial premises.

Security Surveys Service

We offer a full security survey service. Do you really know how secure your home or property is?

Key Cutting Services

We can cut extra keys for your home or office. Our locksmiths carry a range of key blanks.

Smart Security Installed

Our experts can install a range of smart security products, including smart locks, CCTV and alarms.
Yale Linus Smart Lock

Yale Linus
Smart Lock

The Yale Linus door lock. A keyless lock, designed to secure and simplify your life. Lock and unlock your door, no matter where you are.

yale Conexis L1 Lock Installed

Yale Conexis
Smart Lock

The smart door lock that puts you fully in control. The Yale Conexis gives you the freedom to secure your home without the need for a key.

Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock Installed

Yale Keyless
Connected Smart Lock

The Keyless Lock allows you complete control over how you lock your home. Unlock with a PIN, key card, key tag, remote fob or your phone.

Yale Sync Smart Alarm Siren

Yale Sync Alarm

The Yale Linus door lock. A keyless lock, designed to secure and simplify your life. Lock and unlock your door, no matter where you are.

Yale CCTV Installed


The smart door lock that puts you fully in control. The Yale Conexis gives you the freedom to secure your home without the need for a key.