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Burglar alarms and home security

Do burglar alarms and CCTV work? Burglar secrets revealed

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Ex-burglars reveal their trade secrets. Find out what puts burglars off in this guide, based on our survey of 100 ex-burglars. 

Ever wondered whether burglar alarms and CCTV really act as a deterrent to burglars? We've surveyed ex-burglars to find out what puts them off, and what's most likely to keep your home secure. 

We surveyed 100 ex-burglars and carried out 10 in-depth interviews - Which? members can log in to unlock this page and reveal the results of this exclusive research. 

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Burglar trade secrets revealed

We asked the ex-burglars about:

  • What really puts them off - including everything from dogs to burglar alarms.
  • If they can tell a dummy burglar alarm from a real burglar alarm.
  • What makes you more likely to be a target for burglars.
  • What they're most likely to be looking to steal.

As well as access to the results of our burglar research, Which? members also have have exclusive access to the results of our research into the best burglar alarm brands - we surveyed Which? members to find out which burglar alarm brands are best, asking about everything from ease of use to value for money. Discover results for ADT, Honeywell, Response, Scantronic, Texecom and Yale burglar alarms.

You'll also have access to our research into burglar alarm installation and costs - so you won't be overcharged when you get a burglar alarm installed.

Finally, if you're thinking of investing in security cameras, you can also check out our review of wireless security cameras.