New research shows shocking lack of security in UK homes - here are the top 10 deterrents for home thieves

According to a new survey by the Co-op Insurance group, homes in the UK have an incredible lack of security. They discovered that a staggering 28% of UK adults don’t take any security precautions around the home.

They also talked to a number of former criminals who revealed the top 10 deterrents for those looking to break into homes.

Former robber Noel ‘Razor’ Smith said: “As a former criminal, I know all the tricks homeowners use to keep their homes safe. That’s why I find it shocking that the Co-op’s research reveals 28% of us don’t take any precautions whatsoever. Luckily there are some very simple steps everyone can take to make our homes more secure and keep our valuables safe.”


Top 10 deterrents for home thieves:

  • CCTV camera 
  • Sound of a barking dog 
  • Strong heavy doors 
  • TV which is turned on 
  • Locked UPVC windows 
  • Cars parked on driveway 
  • Overlooked property 
  • Surrounding fences 
  • Gates outside of the property 
  • Motion activated security lights 


Despite this evidence it seems that only 14% say that they’ve installed CCTV cameras and whilst ex-thieves point out that motion activated security lights are a key deterrent for home thieves, 24% of UK adults say they’ve fitted them to their property.

CCTV is the strongest deterrent to burgling a house say ex-convicts.

Over half (55%) sleep with their windows open at night, 24% leave their doors unlocked whilst at home, and 12% have admitted to leaving their garden gates open.

What’s more, 20% said they actively post photos on social media showing that they’re on holiday and that their homes are empty.

Ex-convicts said that the most difficult break-ins are of those properties situated in cities (82%). 75% of ex-convicts, said properties in isolated locations are the easiest to break into.

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