Guide to Protecting Your Home – Tips for Home Security Part 1

Guide Protecting Home Tips Home Security Part 1

When it comes to securing your home from potential threats, there are a number of things that you can proactively do to ensure your home is the most secure version of itself that it can be.

From acknowledging your attitude to your home’s security and taking basic measures to protect it, to identifying your most cherished possessions and safeguarding your windows and doors (the key points of entry to your home), we have the top tips to help you take action.

This is our first instalment of our home protection guide.

Public Attitudes to Home Security in Ireland

According to nationwide research conducted by Zurich Insurance and published in their Home Security Study in early 2016:

  • Three in five people do not have their most cherished household possessions insured.
  • More than two in five people ignore basic security measures when they leave their homes.
  • More than one in two people do not set a house alarm every time they leave their homes.
  • More than one in five people only set their house alarm when they go on holidays or are away for several days.

Home Safety Statistics

Insights into Cherished Household Possessions

  • Almost one in five people say that the electronic devices they own are the most cherished possessions in their homes.
  • The average value of these devices is €1,513.
  • More than one in ten people say that the jewellery they own is the most cherished possession in their homes.
  • The average value of these items is €3,621.
  • This also makes jewellery the most expensive of the cherished possessions found in Irish homes.
  • In fact, almost one in five people cite a value of €5,000 or more for their jewellery.
  • Outside of electronic devices and jewellery, other cherished household items include paintings, homeware, sports equipment and designer clothes.

Home Valuables Statistics

Burglary Rates and Risk

According to the Central Statistics Office, there were 26,259 recorded cases of burglary and related offences in 2015. While the vast majority of these related to non-aggravated burglaries, there were 270 recorded cases of ‘aggravated burglary’ and 598 cases of ‘possession of an article with intent to burgle, steal or demand.’

When it comes to burglaries, there are a number of measures that can be taken to minimise a burglar’s opportunity. These focus on securing the main points of entry into your home. According to An Garda Siochana, burglaries increase by 25% during the winter season and more than 40% of winter burglaries take place between 5pm and 11pm, so now is the time to act.

Key Points of Entry That Burglars Target

Burglary Entry Locations

Key Insight

Securing doors and windows is a crucial aspect of protecting your home. 20% of burglaries that occur are as a result of access via an unsecured window or door. Jewellery and cash are the most common items stolen by a burglar.

Read part 2 here.

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Source: Senator Windows Blog