If you have been the victim of a home burglary once before, you may have been told that your home is likely to be targeted again.
To most people that's counter intuitive, you'd have to be incredibly unlucky to be the victim of multiple burglaries, right?
Let's find out...
A confused.com survey revealed that more than one in six (17%) of burglary victims had fallen prey to being burgled three times or more, and 65% of those in the same property!
Surprisingly, it's not uncommon for the second crime to be committed by the original burglar! He believes that, if he was able to break in without being caught the first time, he can surely do it again.
He already knows the exit and entry routes, the floor plan and is smart enough to wait until the items he stole have been replaced...
In fact, he can reasonably assume that the items he took previously are going to be replaced with even more expensive and modern things because of the insurance settlement you received.
It all depends on the individual. A less experienced thief may be happy with his pickings and too paranoid to return. On the other hand, the seasoned professional is confident he won't be caught, so he strikes again.
Here's why a robber could return:
Certain, less confident criminals may not risk breaking and entering your house again. But if they notice an easy target, an unsecured shed or summer house in your garden, they may return to ransack that.
When a burglar fails at his first attempt, there is every chance he will come back with a better action plan.
In his mind, he had a good reason for targeting your home in the first place. A small set back when attempting to break in won't put him off returning.
There are a number of things that could have gone wrong:
It makes your skin crawl but it's a sad fact... checking out the lay of the land is all part of the job for a burglar. If the time is not right, or if he gets disturbed, there's always another day.
Unfortunately, most people are happy to put their home at risk and save a bit of money by not investing in a quality, home burglar alarm system. This is a huge mistake.
For homeowners without contents insurance, the cost of having to replace all of the lost items and repair the damage after the break in far outweighs the cost of investing in a home security system.
That's why we urge everyone to protect their home with an intruder alarm.
A Micromark survey revealed that:
"94% of people feel home security is important, yet 55% of people surveyed did not have an alarm or CCTV, despite the fact that burglars say these are two of the most effective deterrents."
Whether you have been burgled before or not, you shouldn't take any chances with the safety of your family.
While a burglar alarm is one of the best ways to protect your home, there are other things you can do.
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