A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Protect Yourself from Sneaky Thieves

Tsukuba has recently seen an increase in incidents involving thieves who sneak into houses while people are sleeping. The thieves steal money and valuable items that are located in places other than the bedroom. (The advice in the City Hall newsletter is to hide your valuables in your bedroom, but I hope that doesn’t encourage the thieves to start poking into people’s bedrooms while they are sleeping!)

Here are some stats to help you decide how best to protect yourself and your possessions.

Point of Entry

Window (other) = 29.7%
Door (other) = 23.3%
Window (living room) = 21.6%
Front door = 14.6%
Balcony door = 8.7%
Other, unknown = 2.0%
Emergency exit = 0.1%

Method of Entry

Unlocked door = 63.2%
Break glass = 26.0%
Other way of opening lock = 3.4%
Other, unknown = 3.2%
Other vandalism = 2.4%
Remove door = 1.1%
Master key = 0.5%
Break lock = 0.2%

(This data is from the Ibaraki Prefectural Police.)

Also, it is important to protect your home when you are not there. Here are some tips to help protect your home.

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your house, even if it is only for a short time.
  • If you are going to be absent for a certain period of time, inform your neighbours.
  • Keep your door locked even when you are at home.
  • Make sure that people can’t see inside your house from your entranceway (genkan)
  • Make it difficult for people to climb up to the second floor.
  • Put two locks on your front door.
  • Use locks that are difficult to pick or bypass. (If necessary, ask your landlord to change the lock to a more secure type.)
  • Install a guard plate so that your door can’t be pried open.
  • Use glass that is difficult to break.
  • Add an extra lock to windows.
  • Install a light that turns on automatically when someone approaches your house.
  • Install a security camera.
  • Install a security system.

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