Doorstep crime can come in a variety of forms and
by criminals who deliberately target the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Distraction burglaries involve criminals posing as genuine callers –
they will claim to be an official from a utility company, such as water,
electricity or gas – to gain entry into your home. Once inside, one of the
callers distracts you, whilst another searches for money and valuable items to
A variation of distraction burglary
involves criminals posing as
reputable tradespeople who offer to undertake repair work on your property.
They do the work badly - if at all - and put you under extreme pressure to pay.
Who are the victims?
Anyone can be the victim of a distraction
crime but older,
more vulnerable people are the most at risk. Research shows that:
• 67% of victims are female
• 74% of victims live alone
• The average victim is 80
The majority of victims make a full recovery after
initial shock of an attack. However, a small minority are not so lucky. For the most vulnerable
amongst us, the consequences can be
and long lasting.
What are the Police doing?
To help combat doorstep crime — particularly
burglaries — Police forces
across the country have launched campaigns which aim to provide simple advice to
householders and encourages neighbours to look out for each other to help make life
difficult for doorstep criminals.
What can you do?
One thing you can do to help prevent doorstep
crime is to keep an eye on your neighbours and vica versa. To find more about how you can
protect yourself and what to look out for, contact Kirby Home Security or your neighbourhood
Tips to stay safe
According to the Home Office, the elderly are no
more at risk from crime than any other section of society. However, if you feel vulnerable,
these top tips to keep safe:
• Keep your possessions safe by securing your
You may be entitled to help towards paying for security improvements from your local council.
Check with the housing department about these payments.
• Don't keep large amounts of money in your
home. Keep it in a bank or building society where it is much safer.
• Get to know your neighbours, as it will be
helpful to both of you if you get to know each others routines. Why not join or set up a local
• Make sure you have good exterior lighting
your home. Call the council and let them know if any streetlights on your road aren't
It is especially important not to let strangers into
your home. Fit a door chain and viewer, and remember:
• Never give out personal details such as credit
card information to strangers who come to your door or call you.
• Never let a maintenance or service man who has
just turned up at your door into your home.
• Always check the ID of maintenance men that you
expecting. You can check these details with their employer before you let them in. Some may use a
pre-arranged password system to protect vulnerable people but if you are ever in doubt – ask them to
come back when someone else is with you.
Peace of mind via the Internet
CCTV is a cornerstone of home security. The
images captured can provide valuable information to help the police trace intruders.
Where those images are stored can be a weakness. If a burglar steals the recorder or SD
card the information is gone.
Many of us routinely use cloud based storage
for our documents, photos, music and other files so why not store CCTV footage in
the same way?
Kirby Home Security is partnering with
Cloudview to provide just such a service.
Visual verification is often
added to intruder alarm systems using CCTV cameras connected back to an alarm receiving
centre (ARC). Often this is implemented using the same telecoms wires as the detectors they
monitor. If those wires are
damaged or sabotaged it all goes down – alarms, cameras, the lot – a classic case of single
point of failure.
Cloudview addresses this by providing
independent visual verification of alarms using WiFi to connect to the cloud rather than
directly back to the ARC. Video can also be directed to the ARC and on-site recorders. But
cut the wires to detectors on a Cloudview monitored site and the cameras will still work,
delivering best of breed visual verification at a fraction of the price of CCTV-based
alternatives. And because it’s self-contained and independent, Cloudview can be added to any
existing intruder or hold-up alarm system.
Detect, Protect, Connect - These three words categorise everything we do. They are our
that have been earned over four decades serving the people of Yorkshire and throughout the
we wear them with pride.
Whatever your needs we will work with you to create the perfect security solution for your
See how a Cloud
CCTV with remote monitoring can benefit your home
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What our customers think
"Following the advice of Which (Which Magazine)
I contacted 3 companies for quotes. The Kirby rep was polite, helpful and very knowledgeable and
unlike some others did not confuse me with lots of facts. The installation man was wonderful; he
even wore shoe protectors to protect my carpets. I would recommend Kirby to anyone thinking of
buying a new alarm system"
Mrs. H Thompson
/ Home Security Client
"Other companies I approached were reluctant to
touch my old system as I could not tell them too much about how it worked or how old it was.
Kirby Home Security were different, they explained that they could take over 90% of existing
alarms and gave me a fixed price to service and bring the system up to standard. There were no
hidden charges and they did what they promised, not only that they fitted the appointment around
Mr. & Mrs. D Kilpatrick
/ Home Security Client
"I approached Kirby initially to see if they
would install a CCTV kit from ***. They gave me a price for fitting but suggested that a
professional system might not be any more expensive. The representative talked through my
various options. Then they left me to make up my
own mind, which I really appreciated. I only wish I had spoken to Kirby Home Security first, it
would have saved me a lot of time"
Mr S Wood
/ Home Security Client
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