It's terrifying coming back to a ransacked house after a night out. But what if, rather than a spur of the moment, one-off crime it was something way more sinister...
In this post, we will explore some of the most common burglary tactics, to help you become familiar with the way professional burglars think. This knowledge will help you protect your home and family, so your house is never on the bad guy's EASY TARGET list!
Why and how do burglars choose a house to raid?
Seasoned professionals with a lot of break-ins under their belt understand the value of staking out a property before making a move. This way, with the pros and cons to hand, they can figure out the best time to strike!
In contrast, amateurs are more likely to act on impulse, draw attention and leave evidence.
But, before they decide when to strike, how do burglars choose a house to target in the first place? As mentioned earlier, law-abiding citizens can protect their family and home by understanding how that choice is made...
Get a taste in the video below and scroll down to dive deeper into each burglary tactic!
1. Leaving a mark on or around your house
Burglars have been known to 'mark' houses of interest as a reminder to themselves and as a signal to accomplices.
This could be a graffiti symbol, a small dot of paint or a piece of string tied to your fence.
Lanarkshire Police shared a post revealing burglar graffiti codes for "goods worth stealing", "vulnerable occupant", "been burgled before" and "too risky".
If an intruder doesn't know the area well but identifies your home as an easy target, a physical marking is
Leaving a mark is a professional burglar's tactic and eliminates the hard work for the amateur crooks who are familiar with the code!
If you see any suspicious markings outside your home, call the non-emergency police line and report it. You never know... someone else in the
2. Burglars have been monitoring your property
Burglars know that most properties will be empty from 8am-6pm - these are the most common working hours. He can also safely assume that your
This is the perfect time to strike!
An experienced thief may walk past your home at the same time every day for a week to determine whether your daily absence is a recurring pattern - just to be safe.
The amateur may take the opportunity to strike while it's in front of him.
The last thing he wants is to set the alarm off and get his face caught on camera - he'll cross your house off the hit-list and continue his search for an easier target.
3. They notice something worth stealing through the window
In most cases, burglars are after quick cash.
If you leave your curtains or blinds open during the day, you're essentially allowing criminals to make a checklist of your valuables. This is especially important to remember in October when the nights are drawing in and your internal lights may be on, showing off the contents of your front room even more clearly.
A quick glance through the lounge window could reveal:
- An iPad on the coffee table
- Wireless sound system on the
- Games console connected to the TV
The novice burglar might not be able to control his urge and smash through the window to get his hands on the goodies. Whilst the Pro is drawn to the easy pickings that are in arms reach of the back door to reduce the risk of being caught.
Your home will become a desirable target if you openly advertise your valuables. Shut the curtains and blinds when you are out to prevent unwanted visitors from peering in.
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4. They spot obvious flaws in your home security system
All of the above are tell-tale signs that you do not take home security seriously and, therefore, your home is an easy target.
Seasoned burglars can quickly identify which home security systems are nothing more than out-dated decorations... and which ones will cause a ruckus if tested.
Neglecting a maintenance contract and letting your equipment decay, as well as attempting a shoddy DIY installation could both have the opposite effect than intended - and contribute to a break in!
ALWAYS contact an accredited company, like Blake's, to install and maintain your home security equipment.
5. They've burgled you before and you haven't upgraded your security!
Do burglars come back? Yes,
More than one in six burglary victims had been burgled three times or more and 65% of those
It's not uncommon for a burglary victim to be targeted AGAIN by the same burglar! If he was able to break in without being caught the first time, he can surely do it again.
If you have been burgled before - and have not made improvements to your home security - your home is at greater risk!
He already knows the weak points, exit and entry routes, the floor plan and is smart enough to wait until the items he stole have been replaced with even more expensive and modern equipment!
Take action to beat the burglars before it's too late
Moving into a family home, making beautiful memories and living a safe and happy life is something the vast majority of people strive for.
Experiencing a break-in and suffering the traumatic consequences shatters that dream.
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