February 24, 2024

BURGLARY AND VANDALISM

Unless we are Beckhams or Ecclestones we are not likely to become victims of burglary unless we flaunt possessions or are careless with locking doors and windows.  Stories of burglary or vandalism to homes make good reading in the media, but are not statistically that common.

However, it is always sensible to take precautions if we are going away for two weeks and leaving our home empty.  Thieves and squatters can be tempted by easy targets.

Home Security Plan

I began researching ways to secure our homes with my friend following an incident of vandalism he suffered last week, probably caused by a small group of bored teenagers in the week before the start of the Autumn term.

Nevertheless, they have caused around £800 of damage to his property, his insurance excess is £350, to keep premiums affordable and he never expected to need to make a claim.  So far, his insurers haven’t insisted he install a security system, but they may raise his premiums in future due to the claim and if he considers changing his insurers, any new provider may insist he installs cameras in order to provide evidence in the event of any further problems.

We sat down with a rough plan of his home and garden, in order to identify positions where cameras can be fixed giving the best all-round coverage of his garden.  Having identified four positions, we began looking at the cost of outdoor cameras and video recording plans.  This was when we found, LITOKAM on AMAZON .  If you are considering the security of your home, garage, holiday home, or business, why not click on my link to discover all the latest innovations in alarms, sensors for windows and doors, alarms and of course cameras for indoors, outdoors and the front doorbell.

MY FRIEND’S SHATTERED CONSERVATORY ROOF

A good friend of mine told me about returning from work last Wednesday, 6th September, to find two panes of glass in his conservatory roof had been broken and his plants and furniture were covered with shattered glass.

This was not the first time.  On the previous Sunday, he had returned home to find his tomato plants in the garden tipped over and the tomatoes stolen or squashed on the ground.  The glass in the conservatory door had a crack across it and his garden looked as though a tornado had  struck.

Vandalised conservatory

With no evidence to prove who the culprits were, he was forced to tidy the debris and hope for the best when leaving for work on Monday morning.

Wednesday evening, at the end of a hard day’s work, this second unprovoked attack on his property was the limit.  The shattered panes in the conservatory left him livid but impotent.  How could he leave home in the morning without fear that his home would be invaded and vandalised.   He had reached his breaking point.

Shattered windows

He was  99%  certain he knew the culprits.  Over the school summer holidays his neighbours children, together with their friends have been climbing over their own garden shed roof, onto his shed and garage roof, and probably down into his garden, which is otherwise enclosed by a fence.

Before taking any action, he phoned his brother for advice.  I admire his restraint!  The advice was:

  1. Don’t touch anything.
  2. Contact the police – GOV.UK

The forensic team had to attend an emergency before they could gather evidence from my friend’s garden but they did apologise and attend the following morning, gathering the stones and photographing the scenes of damage.

My friend is almost certainly the victim of a group of bored teenagers thinking they can do what they want because nobody will have the power to punish them.

The police officers, whilst not having much in the way of power, made a show of support with their marked cars and the presence of several officers.  They could not confront the neighbour as they had no evidence, but if those teenagers saw the forensic officers dressed in white overalls and vinyl gloves, they may be thinking twice before deliberately vandalizing anybody’s property again.

My friend has been looking into various options to keep his home and property secure while he is out at work.  Crime Prevention offered him leaflets and information to secure his property, but they had to admit he has already taken all basic precautions.  He is now investigating various Smart Home security systems which will allow him to keep his property under surveillance while he is at work.  This will mean installing cameras at strategic points, particularly where the neighbour’s children can climb onto their shed roof and from there access his garden.

He is a man, and very much a “gentleman”.  If it were me, I would be terrified and they would certainly have succeeded in scaring me out of my own home.

DON’T ALLOW INTIMIDATION TO RUIN YOUR PEACE OF MIND!