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messageBurglary today
Posted by EDBel 13 November, 2019 13:57

Just had a burglary, they kicked in both front doors but luckily we have a very loud alarm so when they realised they couldn't turn it off, they escaped without taking anything. The police said a few had been done today

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Posted by seenbeen 13 November, 2019 14:16

'tis the season. Which area? I had an attempted burglary once- when people go to collect the kids from school is a common time.

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Posted by Countrlass22 14 November, 2019 23:40

Oh no how horrid, so sorry hear this
Hope they catch them.
Are you OK. Must be awful shock

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Posted by ED Bird 15 November, 2019 02:25

It may be worth looking into having a security camera installed. There are many different kinds & it doesn't have to be anything fancy/pricey. I'm sure someone here can recommend one for you.

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Posted by EDBel 17 November, 2019 11:18

It was a shock, my son came home and the doors were kicked in and police outside the house. The house opposite has cameras and we can see what happened on their footage but it isn't very clear, I definitely think will get cameras installed.

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Posted by Azalea 17 November, 2019 14:06

Sorry to hear this.
What kind of locks and door did you have?

Iíve been burgled once and they kicked the bottom half of a panelled door out but the locks held. I replaced the door with a solid heavy door that had to be made because of the size of the frame. I had the lower ground floor of a house.

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Posted by micromacromonkey 19 November, 2019 10:55

Get multi-point locks to make it much more difficult to kick in. You can do it for wooden doors with a special lock (like the ones in upvc doors) which operates locking widgets at the top and bottom as well as the centre and can be activated electrically.

Also note that if you have glass then by far the easiest way to break in is to smash the glass and reach through and turn the inside handle. In fact this can be done in doors with no glass by simply reaching through the letterbox, as I discovered when the door in my last house shut behind me. So if you need a new door then address that vulnerability also. The lock I bought can be released with a button (well out of reach) so there is no handle on the inside, but at the very least a deadlock (key only, not a little thumb lever on the inside) is necessary.

And finally if you have euro cylinders then make sure they are snap proof and bump proof. Again from experience (losing the key for our upvc french doors in the old house) it is astonishingly easy to break these by pulling off the faceplate, attaching some mole grips and twatting them with a hammer. The central bit of the cylinder has a screw-hole through it and just snaps off as it's a hard but brittle material. I got some really good ones that have the inside bit made of a different steel that won't snap, and also can't be 'bumped' (typical picking method):


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