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Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Violent home invasions and robberies are becoming increasingly common across England and European football.

Rates of violent crime, including robbery, are related very strongly to income inequality. The UK has a very high level compared to other developed countries, and over the next few years we fear that it will get increasingly worse.

We were able to find more than 20 examples since 2019 of publicly reported robberies of footballers and their families across Europe's top leagues, to name a few:

Manchester United Victor Lindelof

Some intruders broke into his family home while his wife, and his two kids were home.

Arsenal Centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes

While the Arsenal defender was returning home after a night out with a friend, two masked men followed him into the garage. He parked his £45,000 Mercedes into his north London home and got out only to find a masked man wielding a baseball, threatening him and asking for his belongings.

Man United Paul Pogba

Both his kids present at home while the burglers robbed the house. They were fast asleep and were unharmed in the incident, but Pogba and his wife had no way of knowing that as they rushed home from Old Trafford.

Man City Joao Cancelo

A gang of four attacked the City player and the encounter left him with bruises and cuts, and his wife Daniela Machado are parents to their two-year-old daughter Alicia. The family was left terrorized after the incident.

Robberies are not just a problem in England, however, and perhaps the most public robbery to date,

Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria

was pulled off the field by his manager when the club got word that his family home had just been burgled. His wife and two young children had been held hostage during the ordeal.

At the final whistle, Di Maria's teammate and PSG captain Marquinhos received a similar message. A house he had purchased for his parents had also been targeted. His father had been involved in an altercation with one of the intruders.

All of these stories are far from unique and unfortunately, these are just some of the victims of the trend which needs to be stopped before it ends in the death of a player or family.

In the case of football players being targeted it seems that opportunity is rife, but in many cases it is carried out by organised gangs that are looking at social media accounts and pictures of their wealth and expensive belongings, their timetables are also publicly known.

Thieves know when stars are training or playing a match, and therefore know when they'll be away from their homes.

If as a criminal you know that a footballer, for example, is going to be playing for Tottenham on Saturday, you know he's not going be at his house.

Close Protection teams, which offer, "un-invasive," and "layered," protection is especially useful for players who live in more rural areas, out of reach of a rapid police response.

At VIS Protection we offer proactive security teams that are trained in Covert and Anti surveillance techniques, our aim is to detect and deter any opportunist or organised criminals from attempting to rob a person or premises.

Good physical security is expensive but is always less expensive that loosing assets through theft, and you can’t put a price on your family’s safety and peace of mind.

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