Three-quarters of burglary victims take security measures within 2 weeks

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Burglaries still belong to the so-called “High Impact Crimes”. After a break-in or even an attempt, memories of the traumatic event remain. Nearly three in four people therefore take security measures within two weeks spending on average more than € 650. In some extreme cases, victims spend figures in the thousands.

People with a rental homes spend on average more than €350 on security measures; for property owners, add an average of almost €500 on top of that figure. “The difference lies mainly in the fact that the lessor often does not allow replacing locks on the front and back doors. Tenants are therefore more likely to pay more attention to properly closing doors and windows,” says Coen Staal, chairman of the National Burglary Prevention Weeks foundation.

Regret afterwards
Two in five participants, who have experienced a burglary or attempted burglary over the past five years, would have taken measures much sooner if they could have foreseen the impact of the burglary on themselves and their family members. Recent research from the foundation shows this.

A quarter even indicate that there have been times when they no longer wanted to live in their house because they no longer felt safe there. Three percent actually moved for that reason after the burglary (attempt). Almost three-quarters indicate that they have underestimated the emotional consequences of the burglary (attempt) and have experienced nasty consequences for months. Almost one in five is affected by this even after a year or more. And almost a quarter say they will always suffer from it.

Staal commented on this, “With the emotional consequences of a burglary, you have to think about problems such as being unable to sleep well, restlessness, nightmares or waking up to every sound. But they are also troubled during the day, such as fear of coming home, being frightened by a strange noise or being nervous and depressed.” Only a quarter of the participants in the study said they had no nasty emotional consequences after the burglary.

More information
The foundation has placed the ‘Burglary Prevention Check’ on its website, which makes it easy to chart your own situation by clicking on photos. A brochure with a lot of information can also be downloaded. Staal continues: “That way you know quickly what you can do to reduce the risk of a burglary. Although people spend on average more than € 650 after a burglary, simple, not too expensive, measures can also be very effective and dissuasive. Sometimes, for example, replacing the fittings on your back door is enough, then you are ready for around € 60-80. The burglar often quickly opts for an easier target further on. “

Need remains
Despite the fact that the burglary figures have more than halved in 6 years (from 91,000 in 2012 to 45,000 in 2018), according to Staal, it is still necessary to continue to pay attention to burglary prevention. Staal continued, “The impact of a burglary remains great. In more than half of the cases it appears that their front and back doors can also be broken within a few minutes. Every break-in is one too many. That is why we as a foundation continue to insist on properly securing your own home. Now only a little more attention for that from the resident.”

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