Home invasions can be far more traumatic than having intrusive Goldilocks eat your porridge, sit in your chair and sleep in your bed. Any unauthorized and forceful entry into a dwelling can make citizens feel unsafe- your house is your private sanctuary and having a stranger going through your stuff can make you feel violated, even if you do not confront the trespassers.

man holding metal bar during a home invasion in UK

Home invasion differs from burglary in that its perpetrators have a violent intent apart from the unlawful entry itself, much the same way as aggravated robbery—personally taking from someone by force—is differentiated from mere larceny (theft alone).

“But the trouble is that this kind of burglary – the kind most likely to go “wrong” – is now the norm in Britain. In America, it’s called a “hot” burglary – a burglary that takes place when the homeowners are present – or a “home invasion”, which is a much more accurate term. Just over 10 per cent of US burglaries are “hot” burglaries, and in my part of the world it’s statistically insignificant: there is virtually zero chance of a New Hampshire home being broken into while the family are present. But in England and Wales it’s more than 50 per cent and climbing.” – An Englishman’s home is his dungeon by Mark Steyn

Some of the most recent statistics for the UK show the following:

  • There have been over 2M home invasions, and over 300,000 burglaries in 2012.
  • On average, trespassers spend about 60 seconds inside the home.
  • Homes without a home security system installed are 3 times more likely to be burglarised.

The British Crime Survey provides more information on the nature of burglaries than those recorded in police crime figures. According to the BCS, householders came face-to-face with burglars in 20 per cent of domestic burglaries in 2009. That translates one every ten minutes. In other cases, either no one was at home or the victim was at home but unaware they were being burgled and did not see the offender.

Of the burglaries in which the victim came face-to-face with the intruder, violence was either used or threatened in 59 per cent of crimes.

Preventing a home invasion can be as easy as remembering to lock your door- what the Three Bears somehow forgot. If you want your home to be fully protected from a potential invader, installing the proper home security systems is the most effective method. Homes with a security system installed have a significantly lesser chance of being burglarized. Reinforcing the current barriers to your house and adding further can definitely keep intruders at bay. Of course, home security systems can do much more than just protect your home. They can also save you money on your energy bills, and allow you to control home appliances and your security system from anywhere using a smartphone or computer.

  • 3 out 4 uncompleted intrusions are credited to a home security system.
  • 9 out of 10 convicted burglars state they avoided homes with a home security system installed.
  • Homes located in plain view without a lot of shrubbery are less likely to be burglarized.

 You have the responsibility to protect your house and your family. Do not delay to install the proper protective measures. For more information, you can view our reminder post – Easy Steps For Better Home Security or pick up the phone and talk to us on 02081231095.