If you recently bought a new entertainment center, updated your vehicle, or added a cool pool out in the backyard, you need to be prepared for a burglary at your home, especially if you live in a crime-infested neighborhood.
How can you do that? What measures should you take? Where do you even start? Don’t worry; I can help.
To prevent a burglary, you need to step inside the head of a burglar, and think like them. Consider the vantage points and your vulnerabilities, then seal them right up! Here are some insights into the mind of a burglar, and the preventive measures we can learn from them. Read on below to improve your home security!
The Perfect Timing
It all depends on the calculations and the preferences, really. For some burglars, the perfect time for an act of burglary is during the day, when people are at work or school, and the whole house is empty for a quick burglary. Others fear the chance of being seen in daylight, and prefer to pilfer by night when everyone’s asleep. The briefcases, purses, and wallets are in reach, and the nightly darkness provides a perfect cover. This is how THEY think.
The question is what are YOU going to do about it? For daytime prowlers, you can set up lively deterrents, like an automated music player. Or you can get a dog. For nighttime creepers, you can install floodlights and advanced motion detectors, offered as a part of the reliable Vivint security system, with powerful blaring alarms. Show them that you’re there. Make them see how there is no good time for their illegal activities.
The Perfect Getup
Only in the movies will you find a robber dressed like a ninja, moving silently across the street like a stealthy cat, and entering a house in pin-drop silence using spy gear. It’s an entertaining scenario, yet wholly fictional. Real-life burglars have a proper dress code. They look like normal people you meet every day – the plumber you call in, that gardener you talk to, your next-door neighbor you invite over sometimes. They don’t want to stand out, or draw attention to themselves. That’s how they blend in, and ultimately fool you.
How can you protect yourself? By not letting anyone come inside or roam outside the house without proper verification. Know how to spot wolves in sheep’s clothing. Don’t take an appearance for granted.
The Perfect House
What does an ideal house look like for a robber? Something in a well-to-do locale, with a fancy car out in the front, that is mostly unoccupied and out of the main way. This is a perfect scenario for a burglar.
With that in mind, here are some preventative measures you should consider:
- Properly fasten all entryways (doors, windows, garage doors, basement, etc.) with automated locks, which can be operated from afar.
- Befriend your neighbors, so that they can keep an eye on your house out of sheer goodwill.
- Keep the whole exterior of your house tidy by regularly disposing of garbage, newspapers, and anything that will clutter your front porch. Take care of your garden and prune bushes. This will give the impression of an active residency, which is a major deterrent.
- Put up a sign outside of the firm whose security services you use. That will indicate to the potential burglar that you’re protected.
The Perfect Booty
Once the burglar is inside your house, there are a few fixed spots that they will definitely go for. Why? Because the burglar knows you better than yourself, and understands the recurring human behavioral pattern. The first place is the top drawer of the dressing table in the bedroom, where gold is pressed between socks. Then the jewelry box, where earrings and necklaces are kept. After that, the side table drawer, where wallets and electronic devices might be placed. From there, it’s the safe in the wall, the laptop in the office, the TV in the living room, etc.
What can be done to prevent this? Try hiding valuables in unpredictable places and crafty crannies around the house, like the toilet, air vents, behind paintings, in the kitchen, etc.
The Perfect Escape
For burglars, it’s all about getting in-and-out quickly, without anyone seeing them.As such, the perfect escape is climbing out of the forced entryway with the bag full of loot, loading it in the back of the car, and riding away into the horizon.
You need to take care of that. Install indoor cameras with facial recognition technology and a two-way audio-communication option. You can watch the live feed from anywhere, and contact the authorities ASAP. You can also scare off the culprits by talking through your cam. It’ll stall their attention, and give the authorities enough time to catch up.
With the aforementioned insights and the subsequent safety recommendations, you can protect your home from burglary like a pro!