Although the number of burglaries in Switzerland has decreased compared to the previous year, according to the Federal Statistical Office, a flat or house is still broken into every 15 minutes on average. Break-ins are more frequent during the holiday season. How can you protect your property - and what can you do if you still become the victim of a burglary?
Burglars always take the path of least resistance. They break in when no one is home and prefer to avoid confrontations with residents or neighbours. That is why the last few months have been a difficult time for burglars: because many people were working or staying at home because of Covid-19, the number of burglaries temporarily decreased. That is why it is likely that many burglars want to make up for their "loss of income" during the summer holidays and thus the risk of burglaries in houses or flats increases again.
Very few burglars are particularly risk averse. They want to break in unnoticed and disappear again quickly. That's why they choose targets that are not or insufficiently secured. For example, if the windows and doors are well secured, they give up quickly and prefer to disappear without loot rather than be caught. They usually only have simple tools such as chisels or screwdrivers with them and cannot even pick a security lock, for example. Burglars want to remain inconspicuous and do not walk-through neighbourhoods with a toolbox.
The easiest way to protect yourself is to always lock all doors with the key. Even if you only leave the house or flat for a short time. Never leave a key next to the front door or flat door, for example under the doormat or under a plant pot. Also lock balcony and terrace doors as well as windows. With windows, make sure to close them properly instead of just tilting them. A clever burglar can open a tilted window with a little dexterity in no time and get into your house or flat.
The safest way to protect yourself is to have good neighbours. Therefore, inform them before you go away so that you can be alert if they hear noises, see lights or see suspicious people and alert the police. If you leave them a key, you can perform important tasks to make burglars think you are present. Ask your neighbours,
If burglars think you are at home, they will give your home a wide berth. You can outsmart burglars with these simple measures:
Despite all security measures, there is no such thing as 100 percent security. In most cases, your household insurance will cover the financial damage caused by burglaries. Regardless of whether the burglar picked the door lock (burglary) or got into your house or flat through the open kitchen window (simple theft). The insurance pays the replacement value of the stolen or broken valuables and covers consequential damages such as the new window or the repair of the lock. Attention:
Artwork, musical instruments, watches or jewellery are also included in household insurance. But often only up to a maximum amount of 20,000 Swiss francs. If your art collection or jewellery is worth more, valuables insurance would be worth considering. It also pays if you misplace or lose your valuables or if your valuables are destroyed or damaged.
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