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Blackburn homeowners fail on safety protection
11:00pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
HOMEOWNERS in Blackburn are failing to protect their properties from burglars.
A survey has shown that 42 per cent of respondents admitted they had not made home security improvements during the past five years.
The majority of homeowners, 52 per cent, remain without even a basic alarm installed at their home.
And, of the homeowners who did have an alarm, 24 per cent never use the system – either through choice or because the alarm does not work.
Forty per cent said they would take a cursory glance out of the window if a neighbour’s alarm sounded, while 13 per cent would assume it was a false alarm.
Nick Ross, UK Home Security Week ambassador, crime author and expert, and former Crimewatch presenter, said: “The really discouraging thing for police from this survey will be how little respondents seem to know about the practicalities of household burglary.
“The reality is that, when it comes to burglary, we can do – and as a nation have done – a huge amount to make ourselves less vulnerable.”
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