How to Prevent Burglaries at Home

Protection against burglary: this makes house and apartment safer

Status: 09.10.2020 12:54 p.m.

The number of break-ins increases in the dark season. Offenders shy away from a lot of noise and a lot of time. Technical security and light can deter burglars. The police also give tips.

Burglars often manage to open windows and doors within a few seconds. The right security technology can protect. In certain cases, owners even get financial support for retrofitting: Those who secure their own home or apartment against burglary can receive subsidies of up to 1,600 euros from the Reconstruction Loan Corporation, depending on the amount of the investment.

Technical security measures deter offenders

Basically, if a perpetrator wants to break into the apartment, he'll manage it - either with brute force and a lot of noise or with increased expenditure of time. However, both factors increase the risk of the burglar being caught in the act. This is exactly where tenants and homeowners should start to protect their belongings. Technical security measures in particular deter offenders: According to the police crime prevention of the federal states and the federal government, in around a third of the cases the perpetrators give up their attempted break-in when they encounter difficult conditions.

Close the window, keep the key safe

Lowered blinds offer little protection against burglars and signal that the residents have gone away.

However, the best building technology cannot prevent a break-in if tenants or owners behave incorrectly. When leaving the apartment, you should close all windows and lock the front door. Otherwise experienced burglars will have an easy time. Many insurers refuse to pay home contents insurance claims if a window has been shown to have been tipped. Handle front door keys carefully. Replace the lock cylinder immediately if you lose a key. Never hide a spare key outdoors. In addition, ladders, garden furniture and garbage cans should be securely locked to make it more difficult for burglars to get to the upper floors.

Be careful in social networks

Do not post on social networks when you are going on vacation or what you are doing on vacation. Never tell strangers on the answering machine how long you will be away from home. If strangers come across who might be spying on the habits of the residents in the area around you, you should contact the police immediately.

Create the impression of being inhabited

It is a deterrent for burglars if they have to worry about meeting the residents or a dog during their act. A timer that switches on the light in one or more rooms gives the impression that someone is at home. Outside motion detectors can control lamps. Electronic devices simulate barking dogs or the flickering of a television. Experts, on the other hand, advise against installing dummy cameras outdoors. Instead of deterring them, you signal to the perpetrators: "Something can be got here." You should definitely avoid an overflowing mailbox if you are not at home for a long time. Ask a neighbor to empty it regularly.

Install burglar-proof building technology

The mechanical security of doors and windows is also an effective protection against burglars. Windows as well as patio and balcony doors that are equipped with conventional roller cams are a weak point. So-called mushroom cams with appropriate fittings offer more security. With modern components, the resistance class shows how well they protect against burglary. From classes RC1 to RC6, windows and doors should at least correspond to RC2. There are also numerous options for retrofitting.

Use the police advice center

Entrance doors can also be effectively protected. Door fittings that cover the lock cylinder prevent a drilled lock from simply being pulled out of the door. Extended strike plates that are anchored deep in the brickwork of the door opening make it more difficult to pry open with a crowbar. Armored bolts across the full width of the door also offer good protection. Anchored lockers and small safes protect papers and valuables from being accessed when the perpetrators are already in the apartment. A hold-up and burglar alarm system is advisable, but can be very expensive if professionally installed. You can find out which certified security products, protective measures and specialist companies are suitable for your local conditions free of charge from the police advice centers in your home town.

Police and insurance make work easier

If you have been the victim of a break-in, it is difficult at first to recapitulate which objects of value the perpetrators have stolen. An inventory list of the household is helpful in making claims settlement with household insurance and the work of the police easier. You should also document valuables, jewelry, computers and expensive consumer electronics with photos and, if possible, with proof of purchase.

Immediate action after a break-in

If the burglars have also stolen your wallet and other documents, you must act quickly. Have your credit and account cards blocked immediately via the free central telephone emergency number 116 116. Attention: You need your account number to block the giro and bank account cards.

If the cell phone has been stolen, the connection can be blocked using the same emergency call. The online identification function of the new identity cards can also be blocked by calling the emergency number 116 116. The first name, date of birth and the blocking password are required for this. You are also required to report the loss of your ID to the police.

In addition to the material losses, what is particularly painful for victims of a break-in is the fact that a stranger has violated privacy - you no longer feel safe and secure in your own four walls. The victim protection organization Weisser Ring provides psychological advice and help in financial emergencies.

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