Securitas: Burglary protection is a joint task

Monday, May 25, 2015

The increasing number of burglaries is alarming. During the first four months of 2015, there continued to be a high number of burglaries affecting companies, office spaces and private dwellings.

This was revealed by the internal figures provided by the monitoring center of Securitas Deutschland (as of the end of April). "We need to stop this growing trend; this is a task for society as a whole," Manfred Buhl, CEO Securitas Deutschland, said to the press in Berlin. According to him, apartments and private homes, as well as medium-sized enterprises are increasingly affected. The security partners – e.g. the police, municipalities and the private security industry – must fight this development together and with great determination, said Buhl.

At the beginning of May, the German Federal Minister of the Interior presented his criminal statistics (PKS) for the year 2014: In 2014, the number of domestic burglaries rose to a 16-year high. According to the Ministry of the Interior, a total of more than six million criminal offenses were registered. This – amongst other things – prompted Securitas to present and discuss the contribution made by the security industry to burglary protection during a media workshop. CEO Manfred Buhl highlighted the figures revealed by the police criminal statistics (PKS) 2014: According to the PKS, the number of registered domestic burglaries reached an inglorious peak (152,123). Thus, on average, 17 domestic burglaries were detected per hour. The number of burglaries at business premises is also high: In 2014, an average of more than 50 thefts at sales premises and kiosks, between 15 and 16 thefts at office spaces, factories and warehouses, and almost 8 thefts at hotels and restaurants were registered per hour. And this is just the "bight field", i.e. the number of reported incidents, without taking into account the – mostly – high "dark figure" of unreported and undetected cases.

Political or legal players, the police, companies or apartment owners – neither of them alone will be able to contain the flood of thefts mostly involving burglaries. According to Buhl, a joint strategy is needed. A clever cooperation between all stakeholders is required – and, in this context, the private security industry can make a significant contribution.