Home security, oil boilers: Five updates for French property owners

Every year around 250,000 homes are burgled in France, with the summer period seeing the most break-ins as people leave for holidays. With this in mind, we look at some of the home security options available in France and provide a translation so you know what to ask for in shops. To get started, the French word for burglary is ‘cambriolage’. This is also a verb – ‘cambrioler’. If you want to say, ‘I have been burgled’, you would say ‘je me suis fait cambrioler’. Deterrents (dispositifs dissuasifs)There are many cheap deterrent options available in most DIY shops in France.