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The ‘factor of 3’ and what it means for your home’s security

Mar 20, 2017

The sad truth is that many families don’t take adequate precautions to protect their home – until it’s too late.

All too often people are in denial and believe their home wouldn’t be targeted. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Our neighbourhood is safe
  • We have a dog
  • No one ever gets burgled around here
  • There’s nothing in my house worth stealing
  • It’s not happened before
  • My doors and windows are always locked
  • There’s always somebody in

But the reality tells a different story…

According to Crimestoppers, a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK.

That’s a lot of break-ins. What’s more, there isn’t any clear pattern either. Of course, some areas of the UK are targeted more frequently than others, but the reality is burglary is largely indiscriminate.

What this means is burglary could happen to anyone.

Most burglaries aren’t pre-planned and most properties aren’t singled out and specifically targeted.

Instead opportunist criminals carry out the majority of burglaries. They walk down your road and something catches their eye. They spot a property they believe they can break into undisturbed – and then go for it.

For example:

  • They spot an open window
  • They notice valuable goodies in the lounge and decide to go for it
  • They realise they can creep around the back and be unseen from the road
  • The shrubbery next to the front door provides cover so they can see if they can access a property easily (did you know that 73% of burglars gain access through doors – either by opening the door because it was not locked, forcing the lock, or kicking down the door)

It’s for all these reasons that wishful thinking is not an adequate form of home security.

But it gets worse…

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to resist installing an intruder alarm – even after they’ve been burgled.

Check out these statistics…

“More than a quarter (26%) of people have been burgled, with more than one in six (15%) burglary victims having fallen prey to being burgled three times or more. And worryingly, of those that have been burgled a quarter (25%) didn’t have home insurance.” Source:

The hard truth is that just because you’ve been burgled once doesn’t mean it won’t happen again.

And this is the start of the ‘Factor of Three’…

Factor 1.  The 1st time you’re burgled you consider moving – because you struggle with the knowing someone has been in your home. Alternatively you think you’ve had ‘your turn’ and do nothing. 

Factor 2.  The 2nd time you’re burgled you put it down to bad luck.

Factor 3. Only after the third burglary do you have a system fitted or move.


We ALWAYS want people to fit a system before they face the factor of three.

So if you’ve never been burgled (or you have been burgled but have not yet stepped up your security precautions), please do get in touch.

We offer FREE Home Security Reviews to local residents and we’d love you to book yours.

As well as providing you with a quote for a professionally installed intruder alarm (which could cost from as little as £650), we’ll also give you some invaluable advice about how to make your home less attractive to criminals.

There’s no obligation. We never pressure people (it’s not our style). Instead, we’re here to provide you with the information you need so that you can make the right choice for you.

Take steps to ensure you avoid the Factor of Three when you book your Home Security Review today.

Remember it’s FREE! 

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