How To Avoid Falling Victim To a Burglary: What Burglars Look For


When someone becomes a victim of a burglary it is not uncommon for them to think that they were just unlucky that the burglar’s choses their property, however after year in the locksmith industry our team at Alcatraz – Edinburgh Locksmiths have a slightly different perspective on this.  In most cases when we attend a property to secure it once again after a break-in there is always at least one thing that stands out which has made their home an easy target for a burglary.

The best advice against protecting your home or business from burglaries that we have is to make sure your property is as secure as it can be, if you have more or better security measures in place than that of a neighbour your property will be less of a target to a burglar then theirs. In order to ensure your property is as secure as it can be you first need to know what measures you already have in place and look at how they can be improved upon.

Our team at Alcatraz – Edinburgh Locksmiths are always available to help customers across Edinburgh assess their home security measures and advise on how they can be improved upon. If necessary, we can usually supply and fit the relevant security measures within the same visit.

It should come as no surprise that burglar’s find homes and businesses that that extensive security measures a lot more off putting and are much less likely to choose those to target. It is often the cases that a burglar will spend time in an area checking out all the properties to see which they feel will be an easy target that they will be able to get in and out of quickly because they have weak security measures. You should first focus your attention on security measures that are visible from the outside of your property as these are the ones that work best at deterring burglars from your property in the first place.

Visible Security Measures

  • High Security Locks
  • Multiple locks
  • Lock Guards
  • Security Grilles
  • Window Locks
  • CCTV
  • Alarms

Less visible security measures that make access difficult:

  • Hinge bolts
  • London Bars
  • Birmingham Bars

Although a burglar will not see these measures in place at your property if you have them in place it will make your property a lot harder to gain entry to and this could be the difference between a break-in and an attempted break-in.

Basic Security Measures Every Property Should Have in Place

If for some reason, you are reluctant to get visual deterrent or put high security measures in place there are still some basic security measures that every property should have in place.

  • All windows should have key operated locks fitted
  • All external doors should have a 5-leaver BS3621 dead lock installed

If you don’t have either of these basic security measures in place at your home or business then it is highly recommended that you rectify this as soon as possible, any good local locksmith will be able to come and easily upgrade your door and window locks.

Once your basic security measures are up to standard you can then focus on implementing higher level security measures at your property in order to better protect your property and belongings from falling victim to a burglary.

If you need any help or advice on improving your home security or you would like some of the security measures mentioned above implementing at your property then contact Alcatraz – Edinburgh Locksmiths today – 0131 467 7675