Dispelling Home Burglary Myths

In the previous years, burglaries were common. That’s why it’s essential to secure and protect your home and family from break-ins. To help secure home, read these common myths brought to you by Liberty Insurance Ireland about burglaries and get the facts needed to help you protect your property.

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Myth: You don’t need a home alarm system if you live in a safe area with a low crime rate.

Fact: Even if you live in a relatively safe neighbourhood, homes without security systems are more likely to be broken into. In an article with The Irish Times, a police spokesperson warned that homeowners need to be vigilant no matter where they live.

“Burglars will tend to go for what they view as easy targets – houses with no lights on, no alarm, or unsecured doors and windows. So, it is critical for householders to secure all doors and windows, light up their homes even when out, and have an alarm and turn it on even when at home.”

 

Myth: Burglars break in through discreet areas, like the back of the house.

Fact: Securing the back of your house is important, as first floor windows and the back door are among the top targets for burglars. But surprisingly, another common point of entry for home burglaries happens to be through the front door. Police analysis of reported crimes last year indicated that the majority of burglars utilise 3 key entrance points: 28% gain access via a rear window, 27% via front door and 25% via the back door. A top tip is Installing deadbolts on the front door and any exterior doors, as they are harder to pick. Put strong locks on glass doors and lock-up whenever you leave the house.

 

Myth: Most burglaries happen at night.

Fact: Most burglaries actually occur during the day while homeowners are away from the house. As stated by The Irish Times “Burglaries can occur at any time throughout the day with over 30 per cent taking place between 5pm and 8pm and 15 per cent occurring overnight.” Locking doors before you go to bed may be a common practice, but ensure your home is also secure during daylight hours too.

 

Myth: If you’re running out for a few minutes, it’s okay to leave your door unlocked – no burglar could get in and out that fast.

Fact: Burglars are faster than you think. The average burglar spends only a few minutes in your home. So always remember to lock the door regardless of the time or distance you’ll be from your property. Burglars can also work fast because they know common hiding places – the key under the doormat, the jewellery in the master bedroom. Leave your spare key with a neighbour and consider putting valuables in a safe.

If you have Home Insurance with Liberty Insurance you automatically have Home Emergency Assistance which covers emergency repairs to safeguard your home.