Thieves who are prepared to break into someone’s home are taking a big risk.
Standards of home security improve all the time, with switched-on residents marking their property and officers now using 'Capture House' technology such as that shown in this video, to catch offenders red handed.
Many digital goods are now also fitted with tracking devices and if caught, offenders can expect a lengthy jail sentence.
It’s particularly risky if the person in question has volunteered to wear a GPS tag that allows police to monitor their movements and pin-point their position to within a few metres!
Sounds implausible…but that’s exactly what Birmingham man Aron Thompson did last year just days after being released from prison.
Thompson, from Hay Mills, had been electronically tagged as part of a Ministry of Justice trial in the West Midlands offering offenders a tag instead of reporting conditions to police stations and night-time curfew checks.
However, just five days later he kicked his way into a house in Yardley – making off with laptops and a 42-inch plasma TV – before going on to commit six more burglaries.
The 26-year-old hadn’t banked on his GPS jewellery being so advanced that it could pinpoint his location to within 10 metres – and when detectives analysed tag data it placed him at the scene of each burglary and also led them to items he’d stashed.
Thompson had little option but to admit seven counts of burglary and at Birmingham Crown Court and is now serving another long prison sentence.
Burglary rates have fallen massively over the last decade and the downward trend is continuing: since April there have been 782 fewer break-ins across the West Midlands (down almost 10 per cent) compared to the same period 12 months ago.
And, in-particular, people living in Walsall and Solihull are now much less likely to suffer at the hands of intruders with burglary rates down by around a fifth and a quarter in those areas respectively.