The vast majority of houses in the UK are at additional risk from burglary simply because they have a letterbox in their front door. This is because letterboxes can provide a very easy and effective entrance method for burglars who have tools which can be pushed through the flap and used to either unlock the door from the inside or reach through to retrieve keys from nearby hooks.
1: Lock your doors! The most fundamental of home security tips is of course to keep all windows and doors locked. When you leave the house it is crucial to make sure that a potential thief has absolutely NO easy access to you home, 15% of burglars will enter through an unlocked door, don’t make that mistake! When reporting a break in, an unlocked door can also affect insurance claims enormously, with some people being denied pay outs simply for because they left a door unlocked!
One of the most shocking statistics on our UK Burglary Statistics Infographic is that 59% of burglaries occur when the victim is still in the property. There are many different techniques that burglars will use in this scenario, but one of the most common is by means of distraction.
UV technology has, for many years, been a useful and legitimate technique for crime solving. UV pens are regularly given out by the police for homeowners to invisibly mark their valuables so that, in the case of a theft, an item’s original address can hopefully be proven. However UV ink is prone to rubbing off or fading over time, therefore requiring semi-regular reapplication. With this in mind, one company has gone above and beyond this idea to invent a highly resilient new UV technology – Smart Water.