Burglary is when someone breaks into a building with the intention of stealing, hurting someone or committing unlawful damage. It’s one of the most common types of crime.

The impact of burglary isn’t just financial. It can also have a significant impact on your emotional wellbeing and sense of security. Not all stolen goods are replaceable and some people may lose items of significant sentimental and personal value. This can be very upsetting.

Even if nothing has been stolen, the thought of a stranger being in your home can be distressing and feel like a violation of your security. Some people blame themselves if they forgot to secure a window or door, or if they were tricked by the burglar, but it’s important to remember it’s not your fault.

Ideas for you

Do what you can to make your property less vulnerable and attractive to burglars. Things that make your home attractive to burglars include:

• A high front boundary fence that obscures public view
• Low side and rear boundaries that can be easily accessed
• Accessible wheelie bins (for concealing and moving stolen items)
• No visible intruder alarm
• No security lighting
• Valuables on display
• Open or unsecured windows
• Unsecured garage doors
• Unlocked sheds and outbuildings
• Paved paths and driveways (enabling silent access)

Things that might help

Police advice on keeping burglars out of your property is available here.

Further guidance and advice on protecting your home is available online here.

Advice and information from Neighbourhood Watch is available here.

Victim Support guidance and advice regarding burglary is available here.

Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association is focused on inspiring local communities to be stronger and more resilient. You can find out more here.

Other links and useful information

Age UK offer additional guidance and advise on burglary and crime prevention available here.