Recently Purchased Homes Are The Most Likely To Be Burgled

Recently Purchased Homes Are The Most Likely To Be Burgled

According to Home Office Statistics, you are almost twice as likely to be burgled in the 12 months after moving house compared with the average burglary rate. In addition you are nearly 3 times as likely to be burgled compared with those who have occupied their property for 10 years or more.

If you have no security measures in your home, you are an alarmingly ten times more likely to be a victim of burglary compared to households that carry the simplest of security upgrades. These can be as basic as fitting deadlocks on doors and fitting window locks.

So basic security is a must, but this doesn’t really explain why so many homes are at risk so soon after moving in. The following statistic helps: 58% of British homeowners currently have a spare set of keys to their home with a third party. This means that if you move into a previously occupied home, more often than not, someone you don’t know will have a set of keys to your new home. A chilling thought.

Whilst plenty of people wouldn’t dream of using these keys to burgle a home, the fact remains that you wouldn’t give a set of keys away to a stranger, so why leave a set of keys in possession of a stranger once you’ve moved in?

Aside from running around trying to retrieve all those extra sets, which still doesn’t guarantee you’ve got them all back, the only thing to do is to change the locks at your new home.

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This is especially important, as not only security is at risk. Most home insurance policies have two important clauses that you may be at risk of breaching if you don’t change your locks.

Firstly, your insurance company will likely ask for proof of forced entry on any burglary claim. If a spare set of keys has been used to gain entry into your property, you’ll be left without any proof, and your claim could well be refused.

Secondly, most modern policies require a lock to conform to British Standard 3621:2004 meaning that even if you have all known sets to your new home, the lock itself could be in breach of your insurance agreement.

So, the sure-fire way to guarantee piece of mind as well as stay within your insurance requirements is to change the locks as soon as you can after taking possession of the new property.

This need not be an overly expensive process, and considering what it could save you by preventing the worst, it’s money well spent.

There are plenty of locks on the market place, and you could be tempted to replace like for like to minimise installation time (so long as the old lock conforms to standards!)

If you are considering replacing the entire lock, there a few better ranges available than that provided by Yale. They’ve been making locks for nearly 150 years and so they know a thing or two!

Aside from standard door locks, they also sell easy fit digital locks, alarms & CCTV systems, so they’re a one-stop shop for all your home security needs. They even make a smart phone alarm that you can control wherever you are, and even sends you images of your home should it be triggered. Clever stuff.

You can view all of Yale’s products on their website at www.yale.co.uk

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