Buying a house that has been burgled in the last 12 months

(20 Posts)
holidaybug Tue 23-Jul-13 20:52:27

Hi, yes it has one. I'm sure the security of the house could be improved though.

Does the house have an alarm? If not, could you install one? An alarm is mostly a deterrent - we have got one so that potential burglars choose to go elsewhere.

holidaybug Tue 23-Jul-13 20:26:47

I could but I'm not sure that knowing the details will help. It seems a bit pointless to formally ask the vendor if there has been a burglary unless that will lead us to pull out.

ProphetOfDoom Tue 23-Jul-13 18:42:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

holidaybug Tue 23-Jul-13 18:23:20

They tend to have an expensive car outside so that could explain the car theft and possibly increase the risk of a connected crime. Other than that and it is on the corner, I'm not sure.

I'm not that bothered about the financial risk - it is the emotional side. I was burgled years ago and didn't feel safe in the property after that. Had only popped out for an hour or two so I felt that I must have been watched by the burglar.

fussychica Tue 23-Jul-13 14:18:38

The house across the road to us was broken into recently. Someone had probably seen the obituary and/or realised it was it was empty. There was nothing of any value left to take so they left empty handed and thankfully, for the deceased owners children, didn't make any mess other than the broken window used for entry. It's now SSTC so it's either not been divulged or not put the new buyers off.

I was quite interested in it myself but didn't see the burglary as an issue - thankfully we live in a low crime area.

specialsubject Tue 23-Jul-13 11:28:57

I think you need to find out what happened. Was it an opportunist caused by a security lapse, or are they being targeted for a reason. And if the latter, can you change that reason.

tumbletumble Tue 23-Jul-13 09:21:11

Agree with Poppy about installing an alarm system.

CunningAtBothEnds Tue 23-Jul-13 09:18:50

Thanks for this thread have just messaged my solicitor to get this asked as it hadnt even crosse my mind!

flow4 Tue 23-Jul-13 09:04:53

Is there a teenager living in the house currently? If so, it may be specifically personal, and once that teen has gone, you'd be no more at risk than the rest of the street.
(I speak from experience).

RappyNash Tue 23-Jul-13 08:55:54

Apparently 8mths or so after a burglary is prime time to be targeted again, because at this point the owners have usually replaced all their stolen valuables!

HissyCat Mon 22-Jul-13 21:39:12

Had a house that had been burgled 6 months prior to us putting it up for sale. We didn't disclose it UNTILL as part of their solicitors enquiries they asked if we'd made any claims for insurance. We had, a figure above £20,000 - a substantial amount, that we couldn't (and wouldn't) not disclose. So the buyer found out that way.

He was jittery... But continued with the purchase as long as we left behind the top of the range CCTV system that we'd installed after the incident.

When we bought a house 2 months later we asked the vendors if they'd been burgled as part of our solicitors enquiries. They said no, tbh it wouldn't have put us off, but it would have made us put security changes as a priority (monitored burglar alarm/ new CCTV etc).

Tbh I personally think our old house was vulnerable to that sort of thing... Not overlooked, opposite forest land, large patio doors which aren't overlooked... Plus, we had issues with our post being pulled out of our letterbox when the postman hadn't pushed it in, car broken into (we didn't claim for that, so didn't disclose it) so buyer beware...

holidaybug Mon 22-Jul-13 21:27:23

It is on a corner plot and is accessible to the side, plus there is a pathway that runs behind the property. There are other houses on corner plots though.

ProphetOfDoom Mon 22-Jul-13 21:12:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PoppyWearer Mon 22-Jul-13 21:06:37

Have the police seen any weaknesses in the security that the thieves have targeted?

Get a quote for an alarm system?

holidaybug Mon 22-Jul-13 20:39:13

I looked it up online and spoke to the local police. It is a good neighbourhood but this house has been targeted twice, the only one on the estate to have had any issues.

PoppyWearer Mon 22-Jul-13 20:26:36

It depends on the neighbourhood - you can look up crime stats online.

Our house had a car theft before we bought it, but it was a complete one-off. It didn't put us off.

Yes, but I'm not sure how I'd know. If I was the seller, I wouldn't admit that information.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Mon 22-Jul-13 20:22:53

Yes, it would potentially. Some houses/streets are more prone to this sort of problem.

holidaybug Mon 22-Jul-13 20:17:41

And has had a car broken into too. Would this put you off?

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