Non-monitored alarms aren’t perfect.
In fact, the wrong system can do more harm than good. That’s what one business owner learnt the hard way, when his neighbour’s beeping alarm led to an altercation with an axe wielding man. According to the Grimsby Telegraph, Jon Parker observed the disturbance outside his shop.
“I heard a crash and bang outside,” Parker explained to the Grimsby Telegraph. “The guy is up some ladders with an axe, hacking the alarm off the wall.”
An alarm began malfunctioning weeks before, whilst the owner (Parker’s neighbour) was out of town. Jon received complaints about the incessant beeping; but had no access to disable it. The situation escalated when the man, axe in hand, argued with a resident living in the flat above: physically threatening him with the weapon. The police were called to the scene.
Jon commented saying: “The bloke was sat in here shaking like a leaf. He was in a hell of a state.”
Visibly shaken, the experience was so upsetting for the renter, that he moved out of his residence shortly after.
What are the chances?
It goes without saying incidents like these are uncommon, but they do point to a more prevalent issue: un-monitored alarms which blare for hours whilst the owners are away.
According to the Crime Study for England and Wales, over 41% of burglaries occur when no one is home. And whilst burglaries are on the decrease, there was a massive increase of 17% in police recorded robberies since last year.
How are you protected?
Have a think: next Bank Holiday, how are you protected? And do your neighbours know your going away?
The Uk Police suggest making your home look occupied whilst you are away, by:
- Using automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios during the night.
- Cancelling any newspaper or milk deliveries.
- Using the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsafe‘ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away, as mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away.
- Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting post, opening and closing curtains and parking their car on your driveway.
- Avoiding discussions about holiday plans on social media – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage.
Luckily there’s an even easier fix: an alarm which is monitored 24/7.
Having your neighbours look after your place isn’t always possible, and it’s especially hard if you live away from friends and family. A alarm with a monitoring service reduces the stress and bother associated with holiday-going. When an alarm triggers, qualified security professionals are there to help you. They assess the situation and directly contact the property owner or emergency services.
You can learn more about our monitored alarm services here.
Either way, that burglar alarm won’t keep ringing for weeks.
- The Office of National Statistics. (2019, 24th of January). Crime in England and Wales: Year Ending 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingseptember2018
- Grimsby Telegraph. (2019, 10th of January). Burglar alarm left bleeping for three weeks sparks axeman’s beauty parlour rampage: Armed man climbs up ladders, severs faulty alarm wires and waves axe in man’s face in Grimsby. Retrieved from: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/bleeping-alarm-axeman-beauty-parlour-2406828
- Police UK. (2019). Burglary: Crime and Prevention Advice. Retrieved from: https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/