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Think like a Burglar to Deter a Burglar

What goes on in the mind of a burglar, many will wonder. Well, there is only one way to find out, talking to them. This will definitely not be easy, but will answer the questions many of us have had for ages. An interview with a few of them revealed what they want in your house, how they go about house break-ins and what he would be doing in your house the time he is there. He goes ahead to say that the reason why he has not been put behind bars is because people often make it easy for him to break into their houses without realizing it. What do they look for? These burglars do not just pick any house in the area. They have to scout the area and identify their next target. They will not appear in any suspicious manner but as the people you trust and can easily let into your house such as electricians, phone repair men or even plumbers. They usually make their rounds during the day when most people are at work. They look for houses which: Have high fences such that the neighbors will not be able to see them as they break in. Plenty of vegetation or trees around the house that cover the better part of the house encourages burglary too. Have toys in the playground which means there are children in the house hence there is also a mother. Female presence means that there is a high possibility that there is jewelry in the house for them to steal. Clear glass doors which makes it easy for...

Do Security Alarms Decrease the Chance of a Break-In?

Your home is your most valued asset and the most common threat to your asset can be a burglary. Security alarms do not guarantee immediate response from the police, however the best thing they can do is to decrease the chances of break-ins as it will deter the thief from breaking into a house that has security alarms or limit the time of stay of the burglar in your house. Home owners are more interested in knowing the response time the security companies assure by their security alarms. To that end experts suggest that security alarms play a major role in scaring and thwarting the burglars away rather than prompting a speedy reaction from the police. Response from police varies from city to city, so a security company cannot guarantee how fast the police will reach your house, but it can guarantee that crime will be highly deterred and the loss that you might face due to a burglary will be exceedingly limited and reduced. The Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice situated in Newark, New Jersey has reported on the basis of a study performed by them that an increase in the number of security alarms in residential houses resulted in a substantial decrease in the number of burglaries that used to take place during a five year period. Another study by famous researcher Joseph Kuhns that was done with the help of the Dept of Criminal Justice & Criminology at the University of North Carolina situated in Charlotte, said that when the researcher interviewed 422 burglars who were arrested about their reaction to security alarms at home,...

Dinner Time Burglaries – Crime Prevention

Dinnertime burglaries are a familiar occurrence in recent years. More than 40% of home burglaries occurred during these hours through unlocked doors and windows. Using caution and common sense can prevent most of these burglaries. Crime does not discriminate; anyone can become a victim. By making a small investment of your time and money you can make your home safer and less of a target for a “would be a burglar”. Secure your home prior to leaving by locking all doors and windows and if you have an alarm use it, and set it. Make your home appear occupied, use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Advertise your home as being equipped with an alarm system by using window stickers and yard signs. Alarms should be audible and loud enough to alert neighbors on all sides of your home. Your immediate family should be educated in the home security program and advised of any changes, i.e. alarm codes, re-keying of locks. Supplemental security devices such as pressure sensitive mats can be added to each room. These mats are useful and are easily disguised alerting you of any entry into the home. All exterior doors should be made of metal or solid hardwood at a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inch. Hardware should include quality strike plates, hinges and single cylinder deadbolt locks with a minimum of 1-1/2 inch throw bolt. Sliding glass doors should be secured with commercially available supplemental locks or at minimum place a one-inch thick broomstick or wood dowel in the lower track. Install shims or self-tapping screws in the upper track above both doors to prevent...