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Burglaries, vandalisms and other similar crimes are one of the major problems nationwide. It’s so common that even the flat of the genius consulting detective Sherlock Holmes wasn’t safe from intruders.


Sherlock is (and will forever be) every landlady’s dream

Of course, those intruders weren’t the usual ones you’d encounter on a more “normal” circumstance but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down.

A Case of Reality

You might argue that, well, that’s fiction. Not a lot of criminals are as insane as Jim Moriarty or as cunning and seductive as Irene Adler. Or are they? In reality, most criminals are cunning, attractive, and insane, one way or another. That’s why a lot of us can be easily duped by them. And it’s not just the criminal mindset that the most awaited series mimic in reality, but also the crimes. Break-ins, in particular, happen more frequently than you’d expect and not even high profile people are safe.


It would be lovely if he did all the interrogations.

According to data collected by the Home Office, the most frequent point of entry of burglars is through doors, second is through windows. Quite a number of the homes had their doors unlocked but majority of them had their locks broken. Basically, burglars are simply inviting themselves into homes as if it’s as easy as walking through Hyde Park. For a more detailed explanation, refer to the this infographic:

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A Study in Shaded

The data from the Home Office and the infographic above also show that even the use of basic home security measures, the chances of being burgled can be lessened. While deadbolts, window locks, and a CCTV camera can be helpful, most of you don’t even realize a simpler yet more effective method: drawing down the blinds.


Even Sherlock knows how Moriarty broke in. He should. He did it himself, of course.

It might sound nonsensical at first but, understanding how Sherlock can draw numerous conclusive facts with just a simple observation, this method is practically genius. In Conan Doyle’s original story, Sherlock Holmes uses his powers of observation to determine the hiding place of the photograph Irene Adler was hiding from the King of Bohemia (A Scandal in Bohemia). Similarly, Moriarty, burglars, vandals and other crooks for that matter rely on sight and observations before making the next move. They’d walk around the neighbourhood in search for a house with little to none security measures and would start from there. They’d be especially drawn if they see something inside they’d like, like a flat screen TV, an expensive Apple product, or a very shiny pebble.

The most sensible thing to do is to protect privacy. Blinds, security shutters, sun screens and even your grandmum’s old bed cloth (no, not really or unless you have her permission) can be used to keep your privacy and can help prevent fiends like Moriarty from breaking in (although unless you’re the King of Bohemia, we doubt Moriarty would actually target your house).

As Sherlock himself in the BBC series said, [blockquote]Don’t try to trick me. You know who I am. It doesn’t work.[/blockquote] Trickery doesn’t usually work on geniuses, insane criminals and even your regular crook. It’s also better to think of the regular vandals and burglars as having minds similar to Sherlock’s. Fancy tricks like dummy alarms and security cameras can only go a long way and wouldn’t exactly stop them, especially if they’re very persistent. The best defence would be to not give them the opportunity in the first place.

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