You blink once and ZAP – everything that you’ve held near and dear is gone. This is how fast a burglary is conducted. Time is of the absolute essence, after all. It hardly takes a robber eight to twelve minutes to scavenge and scour a house; only eight minutes to ruin everything you’ve worked for your entire life. They already have a premeditated plan in mind, which they hope to execute flawlessly. It is up to you to create unpleasant hurdles in their way to sabotage their supposedly perfect schemes.
How are you possibly going to do that? First, you need to visualize a burglary in detail. Answer these questions:
- If you were a burglar, how would you access a house?
- At what time?
- With company or all alone?
- Which rooms would you touch first, and what could be an obstacle in your way?
Let me assist you by giving you an accurate walkthrough of a general burglary and some tips on how you can slow the burglar down.
Suppose Bob is your average burglar. He has been making rounds of your newly furnished house for two weeks now, checking the weaknesses and strengths. On a particularly sunny afternoon, when your neighborhood lies forlorn and everyone’s at work, he parks his car at the back. He’s got a buddy with him, and together they go through the plan again. They have twelve minutes in total.
In one minute, Bob jumps over the fence from the side and enters your yard. There are no cameras in sight. He hides behind the bushes and snakes his way up to your front door. He looks around and picks the lock, and then enters the house.
- Install motion-sensing security cameras which come equipped with a burglar alarm, like the one offered by the Vivint Alarm System. Watch the live feed on your phone to keep an eye on the house.
- Add spiky flora in your garden, which makes hiding impossible.
- Paste a “24/7 protected” sticker on the front door.
- Get a guard dog.
- Replace your old locks with hardcore double-cylinder ones or keyless automated ones.
- Get a doorbell camera and startle the robber. Just as he is about to pick the lock, talk to him through the two-way audio system.
A Trip to the Main Bedroom
Right after passing your house’s threshold, Bob sprints up the stairs straight to your master bedroom, where he finds valuables like cash, jewelry, and financial documents lying around. He stuffs them in his satchel and slips out. It only takes him two to three minutes.
- Don’t leave your valuables out in the open, and do not hide them in obvious places, like the dresser, the first drawer, the bedside table, or under the mattress. Those places are exactly where the burglar will most likely look. Hide them in unpredictable places, like the air vent.
- Another thing you can do is lock your valuables in an unbreakable safe, one that’s affixed to the wall and hidden behind a painting. The burglar will not have the time to first remove the painting, then try combinations or other maneuvers to break open the lock. He won’t take the chance of creating a racket and attracting attention.
- There are asset alarms in existence which give out a loud, high-pitched alarm once a guarded drawer is opened. It also sends you push notifications.
Bob uses the rest of the six minutes downstairs, going from room to room. He checks the bathroom cabinets for prescription drugs. He heads to the living room for the new HD LED TV, the iPads, and the home theater system. Then he goes to the office room for confidential private files, the laptops, and any other tech-gear which would fetch a high price.
- It’s absolutely crucial that you password protect your laptops, iPads, and other such devices. Make your hard drives and cloud operations impossible to break into.
- Shred the personal information that you want to dispose of.
- Put alarms on all of these high-tech assets.
Bob is now hoping to go out the door. He calls his friend to bring the car around and help him with the stuff. This takes a little time, in which Bob frantically looks to and fro, rechecking if he’s missed anything. He gets a missed call and speedily goes out the front door and right into the car. And then the burglars drive away, having conducted a successful heist.
- Prevent the burglary from happening by faking your presence, even if you’re not home.
- Shield your home with an advanced home security set up which comes with a full house automation.
So now do you see at which points in the whole heist you can turn the tables against the burglar?