What to do if someone breaks into your home Burglary is one of the most common types of crime. In Bedfordshire there were 526 burglaries in February 2018. 80 of them were in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and their rural surroundings. (1) When someone breaks into your home they normally want to steal, be violent or commit unlawful damage. It isn’t always something that happens just once, sadly, some people experience a burglary several times. What should you do if your home is burgled? Phone the police Don’t touch anything! Take note of any stolen or damaged property Inform your bank Get a crime reference number Contact your home insurance company Secure your home Re-insure The impact of a burglary can be huge. It’s not just the financial aspect - it’s the big impact on a person’s emotional wellbeing and sense of safety.  The emotions can vary from feeling guilty for not having done more to prevent it, to losing faith in society - to feelings of anger, mistrust, isolation and fear. Those feelings can lead to other illnesses such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or post-traumatic stress. If you have experienced a burglary and are struggling to come to terms with it, there is support available. Read more here: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/burglary What should you do if you are at home during a break in? In the unfortunate event that you may be confronted by a burglar, would you know what to do and what your legal rights are? How can you defend yourself and your home? If possible, the first thing to do is to call the police. ·         If you are in your home and fear for yourself or others, the law doesn’t require you to wait to be attacked before using defensive force ·         Anyone can use reasonable force to protect themselves or others, or carry out and arrest or prevent a crime ·         The law will protect If you do something that you believe necessary, that is the best evidence of you acting lawfully and in self defence - even if you use something to hand as a weapon ·         The Crown Prosecution Services (CPS ) says: “If you have acted in reasonable self-defence, as described above, and the intruder dies, you will still have acted lawfully.” ·         The law does not protect you if the action is over the top or calculated revenge, for example, if you knock an intruder unconscious then kick and punch them repeatedly. (2) Taking some small measures can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips: Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox Install a visual burglar alarm Install good outside lighting Get a neighbour to keep an eye on your property Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition Secure bikes in outbuildings or sheds, locking them to an immoveable object Keep ladders and tools stored away, don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your property Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe In most burglaries, the criminals break into a property through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. We can advise you on how best to do it. Call George on: 07950645409. Glass sections on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. We can fit inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. We would recommend that you have window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach. Who’s knocking at your door? If you’re not sure who is at your door and you feel uneasy, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller - they may be fake. Going away on holiday Make your home look like someone is living in it. Find out more about how to protect your home when you go away. Read our article…     The Premier Locksmith’s clinic is now open on Facebook You can comment or private message with your questions. We are here to answer any queries about doors, windows, repair services or security innovations. Helping each other protect our homes and businesses. www.premierlocksmiths.net Or call George on 07950645409 Find us on Facebook   We offer a burglary repair service. Our quick response team can come to your property and help you. Boarding up, changing locks and giving advice about extra security measures that you can take. Call us on 07950645409. Regards, George. References: 1. http://www.ukcrimestats.com/Police_Force/Bedfordshire_Police 2. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/what-allowed-somebody-breaks-in-12505317   Other articles 19 vehicle thefts in Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Luton in the last 3 weeks The Bedfordshire Police have sent out an email explaining that there have been 19 vehicle thefts in Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Luton in the past 3 weeks. The car keys were stolen from the vehicle owner’s property. Read more.. 4 good reasons why you should hire a locksmith instead of doing it yourself! When something goes wrong most people like to find a way to fix it themselves to save money. We all do it, we ‘Google’ it or go on ‘YouTube’ and then feel sufficiently confident to tackle the job ourselves. Read more… How to protect your home when you go away You’ve worked hard for what you have. Sadly, there are people out there that think they have a right to take it away from you.  Protect what you own and don’t give burglars an inch because they will take a mile. Read more… Innovations in home security Times have moved on from ‘Home Alone’ - you don’t need swinging paint cans or shattered baubles on the floor.  We have been checking out some innovations in home security and here are some ideas to help protect your home. Read more…   Follow us on Facebook! Stay up to date with all our news.     Come back and visit our blog again, we will be sharing lots of updates and expert advice. Do you have any questions? Give us a call on: 0800 183 0564

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