When the month of October nears its midway point a lot of people start looking back on the year that almost was, with this little mini-recap sparked by the realisation that the year is almost gone. Three quarters of the year are up and one of the major areas which come in for some re-evaluation is indeed that of the New Year’s resolutions made. Did you achieve any of your New Year’s resolutions, whatever area of your life they cover? If not, can you still achieve them within the remainder of the year?
As much as matters such as your personal health through your planned exercise regime perhaps regularly make the top of the list for a bit of retrospective stock-taking, home safety and security is perhaps one area which needs to be given a little bit more attention than what is suggested by some research stats made use of by the likes of Ironmongery Direct, a specialist supplier of ironmongery and other household products which form an integral part of home safety and security. For these types of specialists the numbers and statistics are what dictate to them the requirements for their inventory in terms of what the market needs to help beef up and progressively improve their home safety and security. You can view the full breakdown of the stats (home burglaries and safety in the UK) at: http://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/research/home-security-2016/
UK Home Safety Stats at a Glance
Taking a look at these statistics at a glance, we can perhaps all breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that the number of burglaries occurring in the UK is indeed falling, having dropped a full 71% since back in 1995 and 31% since 2005 into 2006.
That shouldn’t make you feel 100% safe though, quite simply because if we break these numbers down further, one quickly realises that homes aren’t as safe as the numbers suggest at face-value. There were 400,361 burglaries occurring between April 2015 and March 2016 and these are only those burglaries which were reported, mind you. If that still doesn’t get your attention then perhaps the fact that this translates into 7 offences per 1,000 people will, or in fact that there were an estimated 1,920 burglaries per day.
That’s 80 burglaries per hour or 1.33 per minute, some numbers which are clearly still way to high for real comfort.
So a constant re-evaluation of your home security systems to make your home safer is required, starting with the bare basics of taking into account simple matters like the fact that a lot of these burglaries befall homeowners as first time incidents, during which it turned out the intruders gained easy access through unlocked doors and windows. Guard dogs, CCTV cameras, lights timers, motion sensors and alarms all form part of the consolidation of the security of your home, but their effectiveness is built on top of getting the basics right, like having locks of high quality installed and just using some common sense in not keeping your bins near your garage, making sure you lock everything up, etc.