The Uniform Crime Report published by the FBI reported that there were more than 8.9 million property crimes committed in 2013. Most home burglaries can be classified as random acts-not planned events. 98% of burglaries are committed by what we would call “amateurs” usually young kids who don’t have a job, are bored to death and looking for some easy money to buy drugs.
In developing a home security strategy it’s helpful to think like a criminal-look at weaknesses of your home from a criminal’s point of view. Here are a few questions that criminal might ask himself before he burglarizes your home.
Is The Home Occupied?
Most burglaries are committed during the day. But if a burglar thinks someone is in the house he will pick another target.
Is There An Alarm System?
In a recent study of convicted burglars 60% indicated that the presence of an alarm system will cause them to seek an alternate target. If there was a sign in the front yard warning of the security system 75% of those interviewed in this study indicated they would choose another target.
Are There Any Witnesses?
Burglars don’t want to be discovered, so they look for hiding places around lower-level doors and windows. Eliminate these hiding places and you will be much better off.
“By thinking like a burglar and using enhanced technology to reinforce security at home, homeowners can protect their property and keep their family safe from crime.”
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