What is stolen
What burglars take most often
In the current burglary report of the German Insurance Association (GDV), it was determined, among other things, which burglary methods are the most common and which belong to the most sought-after stolen property.
Even in the age of smartphones and tablets, thieves are increasingly targeting jewelry, watches and cash. The current burglary report recently published by the Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) shows which household items are still stolen and how the thieves break into an apartment most often.
The “Burglary Report 2016” recently presented by the General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) determined, among other things, which things the burglars take most often. The study is based on a postal survey by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony among 1,329 burglary victims from the cities of Bremerhaven, Berlin, Hanover, Stuttgart and Munich, as well as the files of 3,668 burglaries.
What is stolen most often
The rankings of stolen goods are topped by jewelry, watches and cash, followed by small electronic devices such as cell phones as well as computers, laptops and EDP accessories. Securities, weapons, ammunition and food play only a subordinate role. The report also points out that the intruders recognize weak points in a house or apartment and use them to penetrate.
In single-family houses, normal windows and French doors are the most frequently used break-ins, accounting for more than 80 percent. The perpetrators come through the front door every tenth break-in. With a share of almost 56 percent, this is the most frequent break-in point in multi-family houses. Around four out of ten break-ins occur through normal windows and French doors. Doors and windows should therefore be specially secured according to GDV. Burglar-resistant windows and doors are not installed as standard in new buildings in Germany.
As a result, they can be pried open in a few seconds. It usually takes burglars less than 15 seconds to pry open a standard window and then quickly pack up something that is easy to transport and easy to sell.
How the thieves break into a house
The report also provides information on the type of intrusion. The most frequently used method is to pry open the break-in points of doors or windows (doors). Tilted windows were also used comparatively often as entry points - or the burglars broke the glass and then opened the window from the inside.
In the case of doors, the wrong keys were used relatively equally often to break in, the lock latch (snapper) pressed, the lock cylinder broken off, the door leaf broken or there were no traces at all.
As the study shows, house owners can do a lot to reduce the risk of break-ins. Among other things, the police crime prevention of the federal states and the federal government offers various tips, aids and brochures online. If, despite all caution, a break-in should occur, an existing home contents insurance will at least cover the financial damage.
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