Despite The crime levels situated within households being at an all-time low along the UK, it still accounts for 6.8 million incidents (as of March 2015). According to the recording body Office for National Statistics, this still extremely high crime rate in both England and Wales was in fact a 7% in offences decrease from the previous year. This supposing lower estimation has been seen as a result of a risen Police figure against violence (23% more on the streets compared to last year).


A percentage decrease in offence was accompanied by a pleasing statistic of less robberies occurring. From the year 2014 to 2015, an estimated 11,927 thefts dwindled down to 10,270.


It would be fair to say that this press release is still not comforting to a homeowner, but it is by far more endearing than the reported 14,623 robberies encountered throughout Australia (OSAC).


This level of intrusion conceived as low by the Crime Survey for England and Wales or CSEW on the face of it appears to be good. What the general public do not understand is that these numbers only evaluate thief’s breaking and entering, without any acts of violence against the occupier.


Succumbed from the same statistics provided by the Office for National Statistics as before, instrumental and assault cases are on the up. Though intruding towards a stranger’s home is minimising, the times in which it is active sees more accompaniment of weaponry or harm.


‘Offences involving knives and sharp instruments increased by 2% in the year ending March 2015. This small rise masked more significant changes at offence level with an increase in assaults (up 13%, from 11,911 to 13,488)’


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This is extremely worrying for all people throughout England and Wales living at home. A house should be a place of comfort and protection for the general, where you and family can network leisurely or professionally without any thoughts of the outside. Robberies interfere with this dream and make a realisation where no-one is safe and vulnerable at all times, even with the door and windows locked.


Despite the reported rise of Policing on the roads and pavements via foot, bike or car, they have called for authorities and communal residents for help in tracking down potential breakages that lead to knife or fist violence and reporting them to the station.


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According to the Office for National Statistics, there are now more Police patrolling the streets than last year.



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In the past communities throughout Britain have partnered with the Police and Community Safety Departments in an attempt to make liveable areas a better place. This protest against the criminal emerged as the now famous Neighbourhood Watch. Influenced by how the fostering of community spirit improved incidents in Chicago, USA, the UK launched the similar scheme in 1982.


The Neighbourhood Watch objective initially started as Surveillance, vigilance, report of suspicion and communication. Increases in both home and outside crime since then has meant that the watch programmer has had to evolve. The Neighbourhood Watch today operates by covering the safeties against fire, mobile and internet theft or hacking and identity fraud.


It has been extremely successful and stood the test of time through patrolling the streets, but there is only so much it can do. Remember the watch is fundamentally the everyday individual volunteering to act as a Liaison Officer or Administrator, not necessarily trained in the skills of defence.


Police can see how important the Neighbourhood Watch has become and even more so the support they give to the Met. As a further precaution however against potential invasions with sharp objects, the Police and related authorities want further awareness against treason.   


Such authorities include Specialised Security Solutions (such as Sec-Tech UK) to asses neighbourhood patrols and install Residential Security Teams. Police services want to construct a platform to work alongside Securities that will in tandem cooperate with families and their loved ones in increasing the safety of properties, assets but most vitally themselves.


With all parties working together a new campaign has been launched via toured lecturing, publication in newspapers and viral on the Internet. This source of information on how to protect you and your home has been phrased ‘National Home Security Month’ (NHSM).


It is a coverage of seasonal tips and advice from Policemen and Policewomen, Security Services and the general public, trader/ retailer and numerous charities. All culminate each October month of every year simply to spread the word on how to stabilise and improve security overall. Simple talks on when or how to lock the house, double-checking, protective additions, access to a phone, numbers in which to call, defense against attack, negotiation procedures etc.


A concept yearned from the door and window solutions Yale, it has gained acclaimed backing from worldwide secure supporters such as Amazon, B&Q, Mul-T-Lock, and Safe with Us and many more. In order to communicate their ideologies to a wider audience, Home Security Month filters through national newspapers The Mail on Sunday, Good Homes, Daily Express and Daily Mail.


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An example of a community secured by the Neighbourhood Watch.

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The protection strategy knows its target audience well, and the knowledge has garnered an enormous 1.3 Billion headlines and over 4 Million radio releases in the last year.


‘We also attracted fantastic support from the trade press with coverage in DIY Week, Builder Merchants Journal, Professional Builders Merchants, Professional Builder, The Locksmith, Keyways and Locks and Security Magazine’.


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Promotional advertisement for Home Security Month.

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Related Security Sources


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