How Burglars Choose Which Homes to TargetDecember 13, 2021
Arriving home to discover that you’ve been burgled is a scenario that no family ever wants to experience. With statistics reporting that an average of 20 out of every 1,000 homes are targeted each year, this equates to several homes throughout the country being broken into.
Many property owners will ‘simply hope for the best’ with regards to not being burgled and continue life as normal, but there are some obvious aspects burglars look for when targeting specific properties.
1. Your Home Stands Vacant during the Day
Although most people assume that burglaries only occur during the night, burglars who were interviews regarding their exploits have stated that they prefer to commit their crimes during the day when no one is home. In fact, a career burglar would have spent a good few days monitoring your home to determine the times of day when everyone is out.
Wherever possible, vary your daily routine so that anyone observing your home and family won’t be able to determine an exact routine of everyone’s habits. Even having a neighbor pop over to putter about in your garden on random days will make a great burglar deterrent.
2. Doors and Windows are Left Unlocked
While it may seem like the obvious thing to do if you intend keeping burglars out of your home, many thieves have mentioned that they were astounded at the amount of homeowners who didn’t lock doors and windows before leaving the house. In fact, the most common way for burglars to enter homes is usually through an unlocked back door.
Before leaving your home to go anywhere – even for five minutes – ensure that all doors are locked and windows securely latched. Although this won’t guarantee that a burglary won’t occur, it will make your home a less appealing target.
3. Mail Accumulates in your Mailbox
Many homeowners have admitted that they don’t bother clearing their mailboxes regularly ‘because it’s just junk mail.’ However, this can provide a clear indication to your neighborhood burglar that no one pays much attention to your property – especially in cases where you’re on vacation for an extended period of time.
If your home is going to be vacant for more than a day or two for any reason, ensure that you have a trusted friend, family member or neighbor come by to clear out your mailbox and pick up any deliveries that may also have arrived during this time.
4. There’s No Evidence of a Monitored Alarm System
Homes that don’t have monitored alarm systems are far more likely to be targeted by burglars because they know that it will usually take a lot longer for their activities to be noticed by anyone – a screeching alarm system will usually deter all but the most determined of thieves in most cases.
Having a monitored alarm system installed in your home will provide the additional layer of protection that is so desperately needed these days whenever the property has to be vacated for any reason. If you’re keen to have a monitored alarm installed in your home, contact us today to discuss our available options.