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Barely a day goes by when the media does not warn us of the latest crime wave to sweep the nation. Are there any numbers to back up these claims? As a company dedicated to providing reliable, flexible and cutting-edge security solutions, it’s our job to keep track of recent security statistics and identify the most worrying criminal trends. How common is burglary? How likely is it that your business will be targeted?

The latest crime and security statistics provide plenty of revealing (and surprising) answers to all your security questions at both local and regional levels, including conviction numbers, sentence lengths and information on repeat victimisation.

Over 230,000 non-domestic burglaries occurred between July 2012 and June 2013 alone. Whilst this represents a significant decrease from the 450,000 cases that occurred between 2002 and 2003, this number is not to be sniffed at. Let’s look at some more figures:

Non-domestic burglaries: what’s the risk?

Vandalism is even more prevalent in the non-domestic sector, with nearly 500 incidents per 1000 premises. 16% of premises have been victims of vandalism, according to the survey. These figures show that when your business has fallen victim of these crimes once, it is likely to be a target again. Furthermore, another survey reports that repeat victims are likely to consist of 60-80% of burglaries. Savvy business owners might invest in an improved security system to avoid future burglary attempts once their premises have been targeted: it’s unlikely to be a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted.

In September 2013 in the Leeds Metropolitan area alone, 863 cases of burglary were reported. Police in Leeds city centre recorded over 200 incidents in the same period, so contacting a Leeds-based security provider ought to be high on your list of priorities in future.

Conviction rates

The Office for National Statistics reports that over 28,000 burglary-related convictions were made from April 2012 to March 2013 – that’s from among approximately 78% of the cases that were brought to court. Around half of those convicted spent time in custody at an average sentence of almost 20 months. Staggeringly, of those people convicted of burglary, nearly 46% had been convicted or cautioned over 15 times previously.

Despite these rather damning statistics, the fact remains that the prevalence of burglaries has decreased over the past twenty years as firms and households have kept an ever-closer eye on the security of their properties. However, the high rates of repeat victimisation show that once burglars have identified an easy target, it is likely that they’ll return – unless there is clear evidence of improved security.

Acclaimed Security can offer solutions to all of your security concerns, including manned guarding and mobile patrol options to help keep your business protected at all times. Our innovative Guardsafe system will ensure that you need not worry about the security of your business, and your firm can avoid becoming part of the next batch of crime statistics in future. We’ve helped thousands of businesses in Yorkshire – perhaps we can help you, too. Contact us now and find out more about how we can help.

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