What is burglary?

In simple terms,  burglary involves the entry to a building as a trespasser and the theft of any property within. This includes the following types of property:

  • Private properties  e.g. houses, flats, static caravans, sheds, free standing garages, out houses.
  • Business  premises e.g. offices, shops, hotels, warehouses, factories, pubs and clubs
  • Educational  establishment e.g. schools, colleges, sports centres
  • Health organisations  e.g. hospital premises, doctors surgeries, pharmacy and chemists
  • Local Authority buildings e.g. council offices and associated premises
  • Churches and places of worship

The definition of a burglary includes several elements but is generally understood to involve someone entering a building as a trespasser and stealing or attempting to steal property. This includes someone using a ‘trick’ such as posing as an official to enter a building.

Generally,  the single feature of any burglary is the theft of items of property.

I've heard of Hanoi or two-in-one burglaries - what does this mean?

This is also known as ‘Car Key Burglary’ or ‘2 in 1’ burglary.

Quite simply this means the taking of the family car during the course of the burglary and this could be to facilitate the removal of property i.e. laptops and electrical equipment or just to steal the car itself to sell on.

Once again, unlocked.insecure doors and windows often give opportunist criminals easy access to the property and make entry to the  property easy, sometimes without victims not even knowing that some one has have been into their house.

Prevent becoming a victim of burglary

You can reduce the risk of your home being burgled by making sure you’ve taken these simple (and often inexpensive) precautions:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked at all times even when inside.
  • Do not leave keys visible for example on a key rack and therefore susceptible to being hooked out
  • Keep valuable property out of sight where possible.
  • Use lighting and switches when possible to indicate someone is at home
  • Take keys, wallets and other valuables upstairs when going to bed.
  • Have effective house alarms and window locks fitted. Upgrade Euro locks.
  • Fit CCTV systems.
  • If you have a burglar alarm system remember to turn it on before you go out.
  • Join a neighbourhood watch scheme if you have one in your area. If not, consider setting one up with local residents.
  • Speak to your local crime reduction officer or local neighbourhood officer for advice.

Burglary Tool Kit

This booklet has been produced to offer you specialist advice and crime prevention guidance, to protect your home and your property.

A security survey has also been produced to encourage you to look at the security of your property and make sure the right measures are in place to redcue the risk of burglary. If you would like a police officer to assist you with the survey, please contact South Yorkshire Police on the non-emergency number 101, and ask to speak to an officer in your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).  Alternatively, visit http://www.southyorks.police.uk/local-police for contact details of your local SNT.

Burglary Postcard

This postcard gives members of the public, pointers on how to keep their property safe from burglary.

Letter Box opportunist crime

Opportunists don't knock- Leaflet explaining how to protect yourself from opportunist theft

Master Locksmiths Association

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  • vetted
  • inspected and
  • qualified

With the absence of government licensing of locksmiths, The Master Locksmiths Association, a not for profit organisation established to promote the level of skills and ethics within the industry, has established its own licensing scheme whereby its approved companies are vetted, undergo regular inspections to ensure quality, and employ a locksmith with an exam based qualification. Use the search facility on the Master Locksmiths Association website