Burglars steal more than just possessions

A home is supposed to be a safe place where people can feel comfortable, and in control of who comes and goes, but when a house is broken into it can feel anything but that.

Burglary can have a high emotional and financial impact. Research from Direct Line shows 60 per cent of victims said they were emotionally affected and 40 per cent financially affected ‘very much’ or ‘quite a lot’ and, although, 22 per cent of burglary victims seek emotional support directly after they are victimised, 60 per cent say they became more emotionally affected by the burglary over time.

According to Victim Support everyone reacts differently in the event of a burglary, from feeling numb and unaffected to being afraid and in shock. People may experience physical effects such as shaking or crying, while some may feel very angry towards the person who committed the crime, or may even be angry with themselves for failing to secure their property.

Being the victim of a burglary can be particularly emotional if something of sentimental value is stolen. Burglars not only steal the things you work hard to purchase, such as TVs, laptops and games, but also priceless mementos of our lives, including photographs, trinkets and jewellery. More often than not sentimental items such as jewellery cannot be replaced and according to statistics less than five per cent of stolen jewellery is ever recovered.

However, there are some practical steps you can take after a burglary to help reduce the harm and loss you suffer. It is recommended that you replace your home’s current locks with British Standard locks: BS3621.These maximum-security locks are built to the highest quality, and the appearance of the British Standard Kitemark can in itself act as a visual deterrent to potential intruders.

According to Moneysupermarket.com another positive aspect of using British Standard Locks is that some insurers will offer a discount of up to 5% off your home contents insurance premiums. This can be particularly important when protecting your home following a burglary.

Another key home security recommendation is to invest in a wireless home alarm system. The Home Office recently interviewed imprisoned burglars and 84 per cent of them said they would not willingly enter a building where a working alarm was fitted.

Statistics also show that 60 per cent of attempted burglaries carried out on properties fitted with alarms are unsuccessful, making them an excellent form of protection and a deterrent for prospective criminals. Yale’s wireless alarm kits are quick and easy to install and offer discreet protection for all types of properties, from flats to large family homes.

These steps can help victims of burglary begin to feel a greater sense of security and will help to ward off any secondary attacks.

Unfortunately crime will never disappear altogether, and it’s important for victims to feel that they are not alone. To help raise awareness of victims of crime security specialist Yale has teamed up with Victim Support to host a dedicated Victims week for the charity, from 17th to 24th February, (to coincide with European Victims Week). This week is in recognition of the charity’s remarkable work and will pay tribute to its 5,500 UK volunteers, who give their free time helping victims and witnesses.

For more information on Victim Support call the support line on 0845 30 30 900 or e-mail supportline@victimsupport.org.uk for confidential support and information. For more information on Yale visit www.yale.co.uk