A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day. These are startling statistics, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of.
The good news is, the more you learn about burglary, the more effectively you can help protect your home and family.
In this blog post, we’re breaking down a viral interview of a professional home burglar who eluded Dallas police for years before eventually getting caught. He gives a lot of great information from the perspective of a thief and we watched the 40+ minute interview so you don’t have to.
Here are the top tips & tricks that we took away from the interview that everyone concerned about home security should know.
Have an Active Alarm System
These days you don’t just need an alarm system you need to make sure it’s not only active and on but that it’s also wireless. The good thieves have learned how to cut a few cables near the rear of your house to render your alarm useless.
Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars said that just seeing a security system made them target another home.
Pick Up Your Mail
One of the first tell-tale signs that burglars look for to indicate a homeowner is away for a long period time is the mail piling up. When you go out of town be sure to ask a neighbor or friend to try to pick up your mail every day.
It should also be said that you should not be letting your mail pile up even if you’re not going anywhere because it’s just asking for unwanted attention from burglars and thieves.
Keep Your Yard Kept Up
The other tell-tale sign of an empty home and traveling homeowner is an unkempt yard. If you mow your own lawn and are planning on traveling, be sure to set up a yard company to come cut your grass.
Even if you don’t want to pay the money to have someone cut your grass, it’s really not worth the risk of the unwanted attention.
Keep a Light On
Keep a light on but NOT in the front of the home. Keep a light on that’s near the middle of the home where someone can’t see in from a window and see an empty room.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. That’s because most people are at work or school—which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed.
Start a Neighborhood Watch
Thieves don’t like nosey neighbors and they definitely don’t like Neighborhood Watches because they know that the Neighborhood Watch is out there every day and know who’s been in their neighborhood before.
If they see someone they don’t recognize, they might get suspicious and the best burglars don’t want to take any chance of being caught and/or recognized.
Bonus Tip: Know Your Neighbors
The burglar in the interview stressed the importance of getting to know your neighbors so that you’re able to make better judgment calls when you see something suspicious.
For example, it’s easier to give your neighbor a call and confirm anything that looks fishy, then it is to say call the cops and then have to deal with a false alarm.
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