Burglars are well aware of the illegality of their actions and so they take steps to ensure that they do not get caught. They do this by identifying the houses that pose the least amount of risk to them. Here are eight signs that burglars look out for and how to avoid being a victim of burglary.
You live in an isolated part of town
Burglars do not exactly look forward to getting caught, and so they are constantly in search of low risk opportunities. A home located in an isolated area is a burglar’s treasure trove, as it sufficiently reduces the chance that a burglar will get spotted by neighbours while breaking in. A burglar may also take his time while stealing from you and could go as far as bringing his car up to your house and loading it up since he’ll likely not get spotted.
A good home security system that is prominently displayed is the best way to deter burglars. You should pay unscheduled visits to your home during the day as well and have people you trust do the same for you.
Your home is regularly empty during the day
This is the state of most homes on weekdays. People often go to their workplaces during the day. Before the robbery, the burglar will have studied the house to know the daily routine of the residents. With ample time on his hands to carry out his nefarious activity, a robber can avoid common mistakes burglars make while in a hurry. He has the time to search your belongings and find your valuables, and is able to make his escape before you return.
The presence of a well trained dog could deter a burglar from your home. Ask your neighbours to regularly visit your home as a way of tricking burglars into believing you’re home.
Your windows are not firmly fastened or secured (even the ones on the upper level)
Besides the front and back doors, the windows are other avenues for a burglar to break into your home. The reason for this is fairly easy to grasp. Most people lock their doors when they go out, but the windows are often overlooked. This is especially true for windows located on higher floors. These are even more likely to be left unlatched, since few people take time to ensure they are properly secured. Make sure all windows are locked before you leave the house. Check your windows regularly especially the ones in rooms that are unoccupied, children’s rooms, and bathrooms as these are the easiest to ignore.
You use a window air conditioning unit
Security experts have mentioned how insecure a window air conditioning unit is. It is as risky as an unlocked door. A window air conditioning unit provides easy access to your home, and this is a perfect opportunity that a potential burglar will be looking for.
Get a central air conditioning as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can take steps to secure the window air conditioning unit.
You throw a lot of parties
Parties attract a large group of people, most of whom you do not know well. You should exercise caution since these people now know your home layout, and have the means to prepare their access at another time; they also have a good idea of what valuables you own.
Try to limit the people in your parties to those you know very well, and even then the attendants should be no more than ten at a time.
You own illegal items
Every illegal item in your home is another bit of insurance for burglars. The fact that the item is illegal means if they steal from you, you are less likely to call the police. If you possess illegal items, such as firearms and drugs that are valuable to the thieves, they might come specifically for these items and use them as a trump card for blackmail.
The obvious way to avoid this is to not have illegal items in your possession. You do not want to put yourself in a position where criminals are able to blackmail you.
Your key is kept around your front door
It might be surprising that people still practice this today. They hide their keys under their potted plant, on a windowsill, or keep them under their welcome mat. Burglars know where to look for your key. All they need to do is watch you hide or retrieve it. The solution to this is simple. Stop keeping your key around your front door; Take it with you wherever you go. Your roommates, tenants, partners, and children should all get their own keys as well.
You don’t have an alarm system
The absence of an alarm system in your home is too much of a temptation for burglars. It is easy to see why. They have much less to worry about when they break into homes with no alarm system. A similar problem exists when you have an alarm system that is hidden from view. The purpose of installing an alarm system is to deter potential burglars from breaking into your home. We understand that a majority of alarm systems are not cheap; what is important is for potential burglars to realize that you have one, so even the cheaper models are better than nothing.