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October 15, 2018
Turn Out-Buildings into ‘Keep-em-Out’-Buildings #NHSM18

Week 3 – Lights, Camera, Action   Week 3 of National Home Security Month (NHSM) is all about protecting your outdoor space so this week we have created an infographic that gives you some valuable tips on how to secure your sheds, garages and out-buildings. You would be amazed at how much value you have […] full article


October 9, 2018
Almost half of crimes reported to West Yorkshire Police NOT investigated

New statistics show that nearly 1 million crimes in UK dismissed without being investigated A new report based on a Freedom of Information request by Channel 4 has revealed that 46.53% of crimes are being screened out. That means, they are not passed to an officer for investigation after an offence is logged and reported. […] full article

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October 8, 2018
What’s a burglar’s favourite card game?… #NHSM18

Week 2 #NHSM18 – Setting the Standard   Week 2 of National Home Security Month is all about Setting the Standard – a closer look at the best kind of locks for your home to keep it secure. While break-ins are of course a serious business, it’s also important to get the message out there […] full article

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October 1, 2018
Wired v Wireless Burglar Alarm – which is best? #NHSM18

Week 1 #NHSM18: Raise the Alarm National Home Security Month kicks off with a focus on home intruder alarms. The question we most commonly get asked about alarms is which is best, a wired or a wireless burglar alarm? It’s not a simple answer as they both have really strong benefits so we’ve created this […] full article

National Home Security Month 2018

September 28, 2018
National Home Security Month is back

And this year we’re giving you visual tips and advice Each year October is National Home Security Month. We have been an official supporter of the campaign for 4 years now and this year is no exception. As in previous years, each week of the campaign has a different theme regarding an aspect of home […] full article

Distraction burglary

August 28, 2018
Burgled while distracted

Burglaries that take place in broad daylight that rely on you being home How often do we focus our efforts in home security on the time when we’re away from the house? Most of us will double check that doors and windows are closed and locked and that the burglar alarm is set (if we […] full article

Holiday countdown - unoccupied

July 31, 2018
On holiday countdown? Don’t tell the burglars!

Social media gives burglars all the information they need to target your home Holiday countdown apps are a great way to get excited (and organised) for a forthcoming trip. Simply enter your departure date and time and it will give you a live countdown to the minute till you leave. However, if you share your […] full article

Burglar sneaking through window

July 24, 2018
Burglaries rise 6% in 2018 following 8 years of decline

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released new crime figures for the year ending March 2018 and it shows an increase in a number of crimes, including knife crime, murder and robbery. Burglary cases had previously been declining since 2010 however the latest stats show a 6% increase in the last year bringing […] full article

Moving house

July 17, 2018
Making your new home secure

Security advice when moving into a new house Moving house can be an exciting, yet stressful, time and the last thing you need to add to your stress is worrying about your home security or, even worse, experiencing an actual break in. There are a few things that you ought to do when you move […] full article

Home security

June 5, 2018
Top 10 home Security Myths – Busted!

De-bunking some of the common myths around home security – infographic from Dyno-Locks   We recently found this home security infographic created by Dyno-Locks – a security company and locksmiths based in Ireland. The info-graphic takes 10 common home security myths and de-bunks them. We thought it was good information that you might find useful […] full article

Street of houses

Protect your home from burglars by making your home more secure than the neighbours’

The level of security required could be relative to your street A question that we often get asked is “how much security do I need to protect my home?”. Obviously the answer will be different for everyone depending on where you live, the type of house, the value of items you have in your home […] full article


May 25, 2018
FREE BEER anyone?

Win a pair of tickets to the Ossett Beercart Festival As event sponsors we have 2 pairs of tickets to the Ossett Beercart festival on the 1st and 2nd June to give away. Each ticket, worth £10 each, offers access to the festival, a programme, tasting notes and 4 drinks tokens which would give you […] full article


May 8, 2018
Summer Sunshine Summons Stealing Sneaks

Summer hot weather can make your home vulnerable to sneak-in burglars Far be it from us to put a dampener on the cracking weather we’ve had over the last few days but we wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t issue the warning we put out every summer to be extra security conscious […] full article

Defib machine at Calder Security

April 29, 2018
Defib machine now available at Roundwood Industrial Estate

We’ve been at our premises on Roundwood Industrial Estate near Ossett for almost 2 years now. We like to think that the surrounding businesses benefit from us being here due to the increased CCTV coverage of the area from our building (we practice what we preach!) but now their health may benefit too. That’s because […] full article

Key cutting

April 17, 2018
Now Cutting All Household Keys While You Wait

Thanks to our new state-of-the-art key cutting equipment We have always offered key cutting at our security shop but occasionally we would get a more specialist key that would have to be sent away. Now, thanks to heavy investment in some sophisticated key cutting equipment, we can cut pretty much any domestic key while you […] full article

social media hacker

April 10, 2018
Can your Facebook data be used to target your home for burglary?

You are probably sharing way more than you realise We have already covered the issue of social media several times on the blog and how sharing information about when you’re on holiday or fancy new gifts you’ve received can make you a target for burglary. However, in the light of recent reports into data privacy […] full article

Teenager arrested

April 3, 2018
16% of burglary suspects are children

17,000 minors arrested for burglary in the last 3 years According to new research, 1 in 6 burglary suspects are under the age of 18 in the UK. More than 17,000 minors have been arrested in England and Wales on suspicion of burglary between 2014 and 2017. This represents 16% of all suspects. This comes […] full article

Ossett Beercart

March 26, 2018
Calder Security Supports Ossett Beercart Festival

Local beer festival returns for 5th year Calder Security is pleased to be supporting the Ossett Beercart festival again this year. This is the 5th year of the Beercart and the 3rd time that we have been on board as a sponsor. The Beercart is organised by Wakefield Morris and held just down the road […] full article

Spider on CCTV

March 6, 2018
How to stop spiders spinning webs over CCTV cameras

Vaseline, conkers and other novel ways to keep the critters away from your CCTV! If you have a CCTV system, chances are you will be familiar with the issue of spiders spinning their webs across the lenses, thereby obscuring the picture. These pesky critters are often the bane of a security engineer’s life as they […] full article

Monitored intruder alarms

February 20, 2018
What is a monitored intruder alarm?

A monitored intruder alarm is essentially an audible intruder alarm with ‘monitoring’ added as an additional service. An audible alarm is as it sounds; an alarm that makes an audible noise when triggered. Obviously, the purpose of this is to draw attention and frighten the intruder away. If the property is occupied at the time […] full article


January 31, 2018
Shutting the garage doors after the bikes have been burgled

How I learned my own lesson I have a confession to make: I have been writing for this blog for 5 years and in that time I have dispensed countless advice about home security. All great advice based on what I’ve learned from my colleagues and what I’ve read in the news and in the […] full article

Andrew Nash security engineer

January 19, 2018
Engineer Andy is our “ray of sunshine”!

This is one of our engineers. We know him as Andy but he’s also known by other names, according to our customers. Mrs Wildey from Wakefield calls him a “ray of sunshine”! We know this because she told us in this lovely feedback we received this week: “Andrew has called today on a job for […] full article

Home security

January 16, 2018
Home security tips from the SAS

Former SAS sergeant, Chris Ryan, is something of a security and safety expert having fronted TV shows such as Terror Alert: Could you Survive? and How Not to Die and written a number of books on the subject. His latest book is entitled Safe: How to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World. It covers a […] full article

keyless entry car relay crime

January 9, 2018
How to prevent your keyless entry car being stolen via ‘relay crime’

The new risk for keyless ignition cars Keyless ignition, or keyless entry, cars (where you only need to have the key in the car rather than having to turn it in an ignition) are one of life’s modern conveniences, saving you from having to dig the key out from your bag or pocket. The fobs […] full article


January 2, 2018
West Yorkshire suffers highest number of burglaries over Christmas

20% increase in burglaries nationally over festive period since 2014 According to crime stats for the financial year 2016/17, there were 6278 burglaries in England and Wales over the 2016 Christmas period. This compares to 5524 the year before and 5222 in 2014 – a 20% increase in 3 years. The survey also reveals that […] full article


January 1, 2018
31 Christmas Security Tips

Home security tip every day during December During December we’ve shared a home security tip every day to help you get through the festive season securely. Now that December is over, we’ve compiled them all here. Obviously Christmas is peak burglary time but don’t be complacent now that it’s over; there are still plenty of […] full article

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December 31, 2017
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Heading out for a NYE party? Leave lights on to make your house look occupied   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 30, 2017
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Partner/son/daughter out late at parties? Make sure they take a key – don’t leave the door unlocked for them   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 29, 2017
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A tipple or two and a belly full of turkey sandwiches and mince pies can make you sleepy so lock up for the night before you start on the sherry (and doze on the sofa)!   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 28, 2017
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Received cash for Christmas? Pay it into the bank as soon as you can or at least keep it in a safe.   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 27, 2017
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You may be pleased with your Christmas presents but don’t boast about them on social media; it could make you a target   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 26, 2017
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Be careful how you dispose of packaging of expensive items. Burglars are not beneath scavenging your bins to see what you’ve got   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 25, 2017
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Happy Christmas! Have a great day but if you go out, move all expensive presents out of view as many burglars don’t take the day off!   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 24, 2017
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Santa will be putting all the presents under the tree tonight but make sure a burglar doesn’t get to them first. Double check your locks and set your burglar alarm   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip   full article

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December 23, 2017
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Don’t advertise your Christmas party on social media. Unwanted guests could gatecrash to burgle your home   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 22, 2017
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It might be Mad Friday but don’t make it so mad you forget to lock the door behind you when you come home   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 21, 2017
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Remember to set your alarm at night. Don’t worry about Santa setting it off, all burglar alarms have special Santa sensors!   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 20, 2017
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Using a ‘safe place’ for parcel deliveries while out? How safe is it really in a garden/outhouse? Better to re-deliver   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

Christmas pop up shop break in

Burglary at pop-up shop destroys Christmas business

A Christmas pop-up shop in Liverpool was burgled just 48 hours after opening, rendering it unable to re-open over the Christmas period. Becka Corner had been planning the shop since February and had sourced decorations from all over the world that can’t be bought anywhere else in the UK. After opening on the Saturday, it […] full article

Essex Police wrapping presents

December 19, 2017
Police recover and re-wrap stolen presents

Police officers in Basildon have not only recovered a number of Christmas presents that had been stolen from a shed in the area, but have re-wrapped them before handing back to the owner. See the full story here. The burglar, a 24-year-old local man, was caught red handed with the child’s gifts and had opened […] full article

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Carol singers at the door? Make sure other doors are locked before answering the door as someone could sneak in while you’re distracted   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 18, 2017
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18th December is 1 of 5 dates you’re more likely to be burgled. Don’t hide your gifts in obvious places. Under the bed and in the wardrobe are the first places a burglar will look!   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 17, 2017
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17th December is 1 of 5 dates you’re more likely to be burgled. If you’re shopping, don’t post about the amount of money you’re spending on social media. Burglars may come looking for your gifts   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article


December 16, 2017
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Christmas night out?  Don’t advertise you’re your home is unoccupied by checking in on social media   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 15, 2017
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Having a drink over Christmas? A tipple can make you less security conscious so lock up before you drink up!   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article


December 14, 2017
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Out late night shopping? Try to get home and turn lights on rather than going straight from work, or use timers, so it looks occupied   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 13, 2017
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Dark nights offer great cover for burglars. Security lighting means they have nowhere to hide   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

CCTV cameras

December 12, 2017
Are discount CCTV cameras any good?

Is £20 for a CCTV camera a bargain or a false economy? You see them all the time; CCTV cameras pop up on discount sites such as Groupon, Wowcher etc for staggeringly low prices, often as low as around £20 which seems like a great price to pay for something that could keep your home […] full article

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Drawn cash out early for gifts? Don’t keep it lying around the house. Either leave it in the bank or put it in a safe   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 11, 2017
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11th December is 1 of 5 dates you’re more likely to be burgled. Keep smaller gifts and cash in a safe for extra security   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 10, 2017
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We all like to show the tree off through the window at night but you could also be showing a burglar what you have. Keep curtains closed or move your valuables   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 9, 2017
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Don’t leave Christmas purchases on view in the car. Opportunists may take them from there or come back to the house later   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 8, 2017
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Away from home? Some CCTV and alarm systems can be connected to your phone so you can check in when you’re out and about   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 7, 2017
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Install timers for your lights so you can turn them on as soon as it gets dark if you’re not home   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 6, 2017
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6th December is 1 of 5 dates you’re more likely to be burgled. Don’t put presents under the tree if visible through the window   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 5, 2017
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5th December is 1 of 5 dates you’re more likely to be burgled. Make sure you lock your doors at all times   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 4, 2017
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CCTV is a useful security measure as a deterrent to burglars. Plus, you might even catch a glimpse of Santa delivering your presents!   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article


December 3, 2017
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Gifts need to be hidden from thieves as well as recipients! New items are desirable as they can be sold on or returned.   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and #XmasSecurityTip full article

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December 2, 2017
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You’re most at risk of burglary in the late afternoon; after dark but before you’re home from work. Always set your burglar alarm when you’re at work or out for the day   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and XmasSecurityTip   full article

December 1, 2017
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You’re most at risk of burglary in the late afternoon; after dark but before you’re home from work. Always set your burglar alarm when you’re at work or out for the day.   See how to keep your home secure this Christmas and XmasSecurityTip full article


How to keep your home secure this Christmas

Daily advice to protect your home over the festive period Christmas is the time for giving but for burglars it is peak time for taking. As we all fill our homes up with presents for family and friends, burglars are rubbing their hands with glee over the haul they could yield from every house they […] full article

Christmas burglar

November 28, 2017
When you are most likely to be burgled over Christmas

Burglary claims peak in December According to home insurance provider, Direct Line, the dates when you need to be most vigilant over Christmas are the 5th, 6th, 11th, 17th and 18th December. Statistically these are the dates when most break ins take place over the Christmas period. More insurance claims are made during December than […] full article

Smashed window

November 14, 2017
Smash and grabs rising: businesses warned to take precautions

Clerical businesses with shop fronts especially vulnerable Insurance broker, Lonsdale, has reported a sharp rise claims for ‘smash and grab’ thefts by scooter gangs. These gangs are particularly targeting computer equipment so businesses that are predominantly clerical/IT-based with a high street shop front – such as estate agents and even solicitors and insurance companies – […] full article

recruiting alarm service engineer

2 Alarm Installation/Service Engineers Required

Due to the rapid growth of our company, we are seeking to recruit not 1 but 2 additional full time alarm installation and service engineers to join our friendly team! The ideal candidates will be experienced with Scantronic, Galaxy and Texecom systems, or other programmable burglar alarm systems as well as CCTV, fire alarm and […] full article

WYP anti-burglary winter campaign 2017

November 7, 2017
Keep a Burglar Out: West Yorkshire Police Autumn/Winter Burglary Prevention Campaign

How absent-mindedness can allow a burglar into your home West Yorkshire Police release two main anti-burglary campaigns each year – one in spring/summer and one in autumn/winter. The new autumn/winter campaign for 2017 has just been launched and it’s all about preventing those little lapses of concentration that can enable a burglar to gain access. […] full article

National Home Security Month

November 1, 2017
National Home Security Month Round Up

All the home security advice we’ve covered this month National Home Security Month is over for another year. During the campaign we’ve aimed to offer you a range of home security advice while working with the themes as established by the national campaign. We’ve written a new blog post each week and we’ve shared 31 […] full article


October 31, 2017
Home security at Halloween

Trick or treating offers perfect cover for burglars If you read this blog regularly you will know that this time of year, when the clocks go back and darker nights come, is peak burglary season (hence National Home Security Month taking place in October). Burglaries rise by around 20% at this time of year and […] full article

Home security child's play

31 Home Security Tips #NHSM17

Our daily security tips for National Home Security Month Over the last month we have shared a range of advice about home security including a tip every day which we’ve posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Now that National Home Security Month is over we’re pleased to be able to provide all these tips […] full article

Spider on CCTV

October 30, 2017
A different kind of intruder setting off the burglar alarm?

Spiders so big they’re triggering alarms Have you experienced any odd occasions where your alarm has been triggered for no apparent reason? Your panel may identify which sensor has been disturbed but there’s no obvious reason why? It could be that you have been a victim of an intruder of a different kind: a giant […] full article

Banishing the burglar

Banishing the big bad bogeyman [burglar] #NHSM17 Week 5

Burglars can’t scare you if you’re doing all you can to protect your home Our last blog in the National Home Security Month (NHSM17) series was based around securing your outdoor space as the nights get darker. The clocks went back this weekend meaning that the dark nights are only going to get earlier and […] full article

Student campaign - harry-potter-

October 24, 2017
Student anti-burglary campaign looks to the movies for inspiration

Campaign tackles high student burglary rate in Leeds The charity Crimestoppers has teamed up with students from Leeds University to create a series of visual messages to raise awareness of the issue of burglary amongst the student population and encourage them to protect themselves. Statistically almost a third of students in Leeds (which has the […] full article

Who's afraid of the dark?

October 23, 2017
Who’s afraid of the Dark? #NHSM17 Week 4

Keeping your outdoor areas secure once the dark nights come The nights are drawing in, telling us that winter is on its way. Unfortunately, dark nights also bring with them peak season for burglars. Once the clocks go back at the end of October, burglaries spike by a huge 38%! For week 4 of National […] full article

Police officer

October 17, 2017
Wakefield ‘bust-a-burglar’ op underway

Police target sneak-in thieves in Wakefield West Yorkshire Police has a number of initiatives underway in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford as part of a ‘bust-a-burglar’ op to catch and deter burglars. This includes appealing to the public for information, carrying out disruption visits at the addresses of known offenders and patrols in burglary hotspots. Chief […] full article

Using your smarts

October 16, 2017
Using your Smarts – #NHSM17 Week 3

Getting to grips with smart security and all it can offer Most people are familiar with the term ‘smart security’ now – using technology to enhance your security and maintain control of it while you’re away from the home. We have covered the topic before but by its nature, smart security is an ever-evolving thing. […] full article

Knock knock who's there

October 9, 2017
Knock, Knock Who’s There? #NHSM17 Week 2

Taking care of the entry points in your home Your locks are the first line of defence against a break in but would you believe that 48% of people often don’t bother locking their doors when they’re in the house, 64% sometimes leave doors open when they’re NOT at home, 30% of break ins happen […] full article

Home security child's play

October 2, 2017
National Home Security Month Week 1

Making home security child’s play National Home Security Week (NHSM) is here again, celebrating its 5th year. This is a national campaign that takes place throughout October every year to give people tips and advice about securing their homes. You can see more about the national campaign here. This year the theme is around making […] full article


September 5, 2017
If you can see any of these items through your windows – move them immediately!

The 8 things you should never have on show When selecting a house to rob, burglars will almost always have a good nosy around first which includes looking through the windows for signs that the house is unoccupied and/or has items worth stealing. With this in mind, if you have any of the following items […] full article

Dirty dishes

August 29, 2017
The most inventive ways to look in if you’re out

Including dirty dishes and fake social media posts Yale has just conducted a survey to find out people’s best hacks for making burglars think they’re home when they’re actually away on holiday. It includes, as you might expect, measures like having lights on timers, asking neighbours to park on their drives and cancelling the newspapers […] full article

Pet theft

August 22, 2017
West Yorkshire a hotspot for dog AND cat thefts

All animals at risk as the number of pet thefts rises This is a subject that we seem to be covering a lot at the moment as pets are becoming increasingly attractive targets for theft. At the beginning of this month we reported the news that West Yorkshire had the most dog thefts outside of London, […] full article


August 17, 2017
Release the Parrot…

Forget a guard dog, get a protection parrot! ‘Beware of the Parrot’ is not a sign you tend to see on houses but that may all change after Rocky the parrot single handedly (single beakedly?) brought down a burglar recently in Kent. The intruder attempted to steal the parrot, along with other items, as they […] full article

Woman looking at phone

August 15, 2017
Family watch man burgle their home from 120 miles away

Burglar triggered alert on mobile phone A family on holiday in Somerset was able to watch a burglary as it took place at their home at their home in Birmingham, 120 miles away. The Marusamy family had a security system installed that notified them via mobile phone that someone had set off a sensor in […] full article

Dog thefts

August 2, 2017
West Yorkshire has most dog thefts outside London

208 dog thefts reported in 2016 A recent report reveals that West Yorkshire has the highest number of dog theft incidents outside of London having risen by 19% since 2014. The most common breed to be targeted is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, closely followed by Chihuahua, Jack Russell and French Bulldog. Criminals take dogs for […] full article

Man hiding

July 31, 2017
Bungling Burglars #5

You can rob but you cannot hide! There are so many bungling burglars it seems that we never run out of new shining examples of stupidity to share with you. So much so that we have actually started theming our blogs such as the last one that was all about how the attire of the […] full article

Ginger cat

July 25, 2017
The Ginger Cat Burglar and Bogus Gardeners

Distraction burglars target vulnerable people in Wakefield Two burglars in the West Yorkshire area have been in the news recently for using distraction or confidence burglary methods to prey on older, vulnerable people. Jonathan Schofield, dubbed the ‘ginger cat burglar’ has just been jailed for 4 years 9 months for burgling several houses in Sharlston, […] full article

Shop thief

July 18, 2017
“Another break in and my business will close down”

Can small businesses afford the cost of security? And what is the price of insufficient security? Businesses in Wyke, Bradford, are appealing for more security in the town centre after being hit by several burglaries over the last few months. One business in particular has been hit 5 times this year including twice in the […] full article

fFlat cap

July 10, 2017
It’s a fair cap!: Yorkshire burglars busted by their flat caps

Distraction burglars who targeted vulnerable victims caught by their head wear A couple of Yorkshire thieves who deliberately targeted elderly people have been caught after police issued a description of them wearing flat caps. A witness spotted 2 men in caps acting suspiciously and reported them and their vehicle details. When North Yorkshire police tracked […] full article


Home burglaries set to double – but that doesn’t mean there are more!

New rules for recording burglaries reflect all home break ins People are being warned about what could be a dramatic increase in instances of home burglary this year, but being told not to worry about it – it doesn’t actually mean that more break ins have taken place! Sounds contradictory but it’s just because the […] full article

Arrested man

June 28, 2017
Sting op to catch summer burglars!

Police in Sheffield are taking a new approach to catching burglars this summer – by setting traps to catch them in the act. Teaming up with landlords and housing providers, they’re setting up sting operations by installing state of the art covert security equipment in empty properties and tempting burglars in by leaving valuables out […] full article

Door security for older people

June 27, 2017
Door security for older people

Door security is obviously important to everyone but maintaining door integrity can become more complex for older people for a range of reasons. We recently had an enquiry from Lise Duma-Toros whose elderly mother was struggling to lock and unlock her door due to arthritis in her hands. She was also wary of anything too […] full article


June 20, 2017
SSAIB, so what?

We are an SSAIB certificated security systems provider, and we’ve just successfully been re-assessed, but so what? What does that actually mean to you, the householder, the business owner, the landlord etc? SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) is a certification body that assesses security systems providers against a national standard. All firms that […] full article

Burglar taking car key

June 6, 2017
Car Key Burglaries

‘Creeper’ car key criminals It is estimated that 10% of burglaries in West Yorkshire are conducted purely to get hold of car keys in order to steal your car. This can also be known as a ‘creeper’ burglary (where they literally creep in just to steal a specific item and leave). Cars are often stolen […] full article

wish list

May 30, 2017
Leaving the House: 6 Point Security Checklist

Visual guide to help you leave your home secure Leaving the house should be a fairly simple process but we all know that often it isn’t. We may be in a rush to get somewhere, already pre-occupied with where we’re going or maybe even still half asleep. Those of us with young children will also […] full article


May 25, 2017
Could house sitters prevent burglaries?

Could ‘people protection’ help top up your security? While we may have a number of security measures in place, one of the most common concerns for people is when they are away from the home for any length of time, such as to go on holiday or away for business. Obviously there are precautions that […] full article


May 16, 2017
Could stones be marking property for burglary?

A couple of years ago we covered a story about chalk markings being feared to be codes for burglars. That was largely debunked as utility worker symbols but police in the Somerset area are warning of a potential new method being employed by thieves – white stones. These stones are being left outside homes and […] full article


The importance of securing your security

Security measures such as a burglar alarm and CCTV are great ways to safeguard your home however, ensuring that the security for your security is up to the job is vital otherwise it could potentially be a cause for risk rather than a solution for it. That may seem like a contradiction in terms but […] full article

Business security

May 2, 2017
Secure business brings additional unexpected benefits

While even the smallest of businesses seem to understand the importance of cyber security, often physical security is overlooked. And while the benefits of securing your building, in terms of preventing theft or damage, should seem like justification enough there are additional advantages that you may not have anticipated. According to, strong physical security […] full article


April 25, 2017
Employee theft could be costing British businesses £190 million a year

67% of office workers admit to stealing from their employer In a survey conducted last year, two thirds of office workers confessed to stealing items with an average estimated value of £12.50 per year. You may think that is a relatively small amount and it’s not really worth getting wound up over post-it notes and […] full article

WYP spring burglary campaign

April 4, 2017
West Yorkshire Police Spring Burglary Campaign

Don’t forget the simple measures you can take to prevent a burglary West Yorkshire Police has released its new spring/summer burglary awareness campaign. They issue these types of campaigns twice a year (spring and autumn) to make people aware of the risks and take steps to improve their home security. This year, the spring campaign […] full article

impact of burglary

March 30, 2017
What impact does burglary have on victims?

25% struggle to sleep. 11% can’t be home alone. 13% have moved home. We can all imagine how devastating it must feel to be the victim of a burglary but can we truly understand unless we’ve experienced it first hand? In 2016, Churchill Insurance commissioned research into the impact of burglary, speaking to people who […] full article


March 28, 2017
Burglary victims have 1 in 4 chance of being burgled again

Research from Churchill shows victims have 28% chance of another break in and an 8% chance of multiple subsequent break ins Nationally, 1 in 5 adults have experienced a burglary and here in Yorkshire the statistic is 1 in 4. Being the victim of a break in is traumatic enough but this research shows that […] full article