Consumer: Half of homes have inadequate security

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More than half of residents are failing to adequately protect their homes against burglary.

TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE

West Yorkshire Police advice to help protect your home:

Keep your doors and windows locked even when you’re in.

Make your home look lived in – use timer switches.

Always remember to switch on your burglar alarm if you have one.

Keep valuables out of view.

Cancel the milk and newspapers when you go on holiday.

Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.

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A survey from Y-Cam showed that 51 per cent have no security measures in place – despite the fact that 32 per cent of participants have been a victim of burglary.

According to the College of Policing, properties with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures such as a camera or a home burglar alarm.

And 93 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they thought a security camera would be effective against burglaries.

Devin Chawda, founder of Y-Cam, designers and manufacturers of HomeMonitor security cameras, said: “With burglaries a common occurrence across Britain, we were surprised just how few people had security measures in place.

“Being a victim to a home burglary is very distressing, inconvenient and expensive for the family, installing a security camera like HomeMonitor can be enough of a deterrent to stop burglars targeting your home.”

Burglaries remain in the top ten crimes each month, with April 2015 statistics showing there were 33,084 committed across the UK.

88 per cent of people questioned said that deterrence is the main benefit for a home security system – but 50 per cent were put off from installing a security system by the price.

Out of those who do have security systems in place, 39 per cent said they made the decision as a direct result of an increase in the local crime rate.

Despite the amount of burglaries taking place, one in four people said they would ignore a neighbour’s alarm going off.

The survey also showed that 82 per cent of people only allow visitors into the house when supervised by themselves or neighbours, friends and family. And almost one third confess that they invited less people into their homes than ten years ago.

Technology also plays its part, with 53 per cent saying they would like to be informed about a break-in immediately by their smartphone.

38 per cent of those questioned admitted they would like to access a live, remote access view of their home.

For more information about the Y-cam home security range visit www.y-cam.com or www.homemonitor.me or speak to the sales team on 020 8334 7373.

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