How burglar friendly is your home?

Xmas burglarBurglary decreased in Brixton and across Lambeth for the 12 months up to October 2015 compared with the same period for 2014, according to Metropolitan Police statistics.

Expressed as the number of burglary offences per 1,000 population, Brixton Hill has dropped from 9.3 to 7.1; Coldharbour from 9.3 to 6.1; Ferndale 9.7 to 8.7,;Vassall from 7.5 to 7.1; Tulse Hill 11.2 to 8.5; and Herne Hill from 11.7 to 9.9.

But with presents piled high under Christmas trees and new generation tech at the ready for the family visit, have you ever wondered what really encourages the professional burglar to walk on by while you are out celebrating?

Unlock – a charity that supports convicted offenders – was asked by Co-operative Insurance to meet 25 former burglars to get the low down on how to prevent an unwelcome redistribution of your assets.

Try ranking the following as either detergent or inducement, and then find out how in tune you are with the criminal mind by getting the answers here.

  • Noisy gravel path
  • “Beware of the dog” sign
  • CCTV camera
  • Leaving the lights on
  • Lights on timer switch
  • Burglar alarm
  • Movement activated security lights
  • Monitored burglar alarm
  • Curtains open
  • Curtains closed
  • Barking dog