Here's a blast from the past that is still relevant in 2021. Back in December 2016, we first published this post with a video of a convicted burglar revealing the tricks of the trade in the hope of encouraging homeowners to think more carefully about security.
The video below, from Essex Police, will give you some effective, but often underestimated, tips on how to secure your home.
A burglar's tricks of the trade
For obvious reasons, the convicted burglar remained anonymous but he wasn't shy about revealing the drug-fueled past that spurred him on to break into numerous homes.
The key points he made were:
He burgled homes at night to avoid getting caught
Out of 20 homes, at least 3 or 4 would leave their doors unlocked
He never used to target specific homes, he just roamed the street until he came across a house that was easy to get into
If the doors were locked, he would leave the house alone
He would steal small valuables such as cash, jewellery or smart phones so that he didn't look suspicious when he left
The biggest give away as to whether your home is an easy target is if your car is left unlocked on the driveway
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Beat the Burglar
Many people leave their homes vulnerable to burglars. Thankfully there are a number of simple, common sense things to put in place to keep the burglars OUT!