Frequent misconceptions

There are many misconceptions relating to the topic of burglary and security in the home.

Here, you will find the most frequent mistakes and misconceptions:

Most break-ins take place at night

70 percent of break-ins occur between 10 am and 8 pm, i.e. during the day, when the occupants are away from home. The victims are only at home in 20 percent of cases.

Holiday time = break-in time

There is a rise in break-ins in summer and during the holiday season, but the holiday period is not the main time for break-ins - most burglaries take place in the dark months from October to March.

I've got nothing worth stealing anyway!

Many people underestimate the value of their possessions in their home. Burglars are always hoping to come across valuable goods and usually don't know in advance which apartments or houses will pay off. Every home contains valuable items that can be turned into money quickly.

Burglaries are classed as solved if the burglar was sentenced

A burglary is classed as cleared up if the officers have identified a suspect. The clearance rate for burglaries was 15.2 % in 2015. In the same year, a court proceeding against a suspect was held in less than 3 % of cases.

My valuables are well hidden

Burglars are familiar with most hiding places and often find all the valuables. Your valuables are most secure in a safe that is approved by insurance companies.

Living on the upper floors of a building is more secure

The upper floors are the most interesting for burglars, as there are fewer interruptions in the stairwell and they can work "uninterrupted"

110 (in Europe only) should only be dialled in case of imminent danger

It's best to call the emergency services once too often than to put yourself at risk!

When you call the emergency services, you are asked to describe the situation. The police will then decide what to do based on this information. A false alarm only has consequences if you have deceived the police intentionally!

Inventory lists are only required after a burglary has happened

When your home has been burgled, you have to describe exactly what is missing - which is often difficult after the event.

Anyone who can't provide exact details, preferably with photos and a description of the items (engravings, serial numbers, distinctive features), has little chance of receiving an insurance payout.

Burglars are professionals, the best security often doesn't guarantee protection

Most burglaries are carried out by casual thieves with the simplest of tools.

Therefore: the longer burglars take to attempt a break-in, the greater their chances are of being discovered.

Burglars spy on their victims before committing the crime

Most burglars are casual thieves, who take advantage of weak points on houses and apartments on the spur of the moment (windows or balcony doors left ajar). Only a small number of burglars spy on their victims beforehand. Most burglars only ring the door bell to check if someone is home.