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Protecting your Home and Business Against Theft in London Ontario

The terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” are often used interchangeably, but they refer to distinct crimes with different legal definitions:

Theft, also known as larceny, is the general act of taking someone else’s property with the intention of permanently depriving them of it. Theft does not involve the use of force or illegal entry into someone’s property. The key elements are the unauthorized taking of property and the intent to permanently keep the property away from its owner.

Robbery is a more serious crime than theft because it involves taking property from a person or in their presence using force or threat. Robbery combines elements of theft and assault. The key distinction is the use of force, fear, or intimidation to take property directly from another person.

Burglary involves illegally entering a building or property with the intent to commit a crime inside, usually theft, but it can be any crime. The key elements of burglary are the unauthorized entry into a structure and the intent to commit a crime therein. It’s important to note that the intended crime doesn’t have to be carried out for an act to be considered burglary; the intent alone is sufficient.

While theft, robbery, and burglary can all involve the unauthorized taking of property, the main differences lie in the way the property is taken. Theft does not involve force or illegal entry, robbery involves force or intimidation, and burglary involves illegal entry with the intent to commit a crime.

Crime rates in London, Ontario, show that total crime rates are 19% higher than the national average, with violent crimes being 23% higher than the national average. According to data from AreaVibes, which reflects statistics from 2020 released by Statistics Canada, the total crime rate in London was 5,005 incidents per 100,000 people. This includes 1,285 violent crimes per 100,000 people and 3,720 property crimes per 100,000 people. The city experienced a 2% decrease in overall crime compared to the previous year (https://www.areavibes.com/london-on/crime/)

According to the official statistics published from the City of London Police, in 2021 we saw 329 robberies, 2,218 break and enters, 1,258 thefts from a motor vehicle, and 10,016 thefts not from a vehicle. These numbers remain higher than 2020, with clearance rates falling significantly. Violent crime only saw a 57% clearance rate, down from 70% in 2020, 14% clearance for property crimes, down from 18% in 2020, totalling only a 28% clearance rate in 2021. (https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Crime-Statistics.aspx)

In February 2024, there were 316 events of theft, robbery and burglary in the City of London. 

To effectively protect your property from theft, robbery, or burglary in London, Ontario, using a monitored alarm system from Alarmtech, it’s crucial to leverage a combination of their comprehensive security solutions. Alarmtech provides a range of home and business security systems tailored to meet the specific needs of your property, including:

Intrusion Detection Systems: These systems are designed to secure the most vulnerable points of entry such as doors and windows. They include door and window contacts, glass break detectors, and interior motion detectors that can distinguish between intruders and family pets, ensuring accurate detection and minimal false alarms.

Camera Systems: Alarmtech offers various camera solutions, from simple doorbell cameras that monitor front porch activities to more complex systems with multiple cameras and onsite recording. This allows homeowners and business owners to keep an eye on their property and identify any unauthorized activities.

First Alert ProSeries: This platform integrates security, comfort, and life safety features, providing a flexible and user-friendly system that adapts to your schedule, enhancing security and comfort whether you’re at home, work, or away.

Medical and Panic Alarm Options: Including 24-hour wearable devices and bedside activation options, these alarms ensure immediate action or dispatch in emergencies, offering an added layer of security for all family members, including those with medical conditions. Additionally, it is important to remember your workers. Weather they are on the closing shift at work, or working alone, be sure they feel protected by implementing working alone procedures that can feature the wearable panic devices in the event of an emergency.

24-Hour Home and Business Security Monitoring: Alarmtech’s monitored systems are active around the clock, ensuring that any detection of fire, extreme heat, or carbon monoxide will trigger an immediate response, even if the alarm system is disarmed.

By combining these systems and leveraging Alarmtech’s expertise in personalized security solutions, you can significantly enhance the protection of your property against theft, robbery, and burglary. Consult with one of Alarmtech professionals who can conduct a thorough assessment of your property’s vulnerabilities and design a personalized security plan that aligns with your specific needs.