The thought of someone casing out your home with the intentions of breaking in are unsettling to say the least, but actually getting your home broken into is on another level of unsettling. Burglars likely have done the deed plenty of times and have a system developed, made up of certain characteristics of homes that they look for, which they know will make their job a lot easier and will give them a higher propensity of getting away. However, there are some things that you can do that will sway burglars away from attempting to break into your home and some tactics you can implement to insure that your home and your family are safe. Here are some things that thieves will look for when assessing whether they want to break into your home or not.
Vacancy of Residence
Burglars will always look for an empty home, as a house that is free of residents is by far the easiest way to get away with their crimes. They will assess your home and may make several stops by to check on the regular activity. They will look for cars in the driveway, lights on in the home, television or radio sounds coming from the home and all other indicators that people are present.
Although the majority of people close their windows when they go on vacation, in an attempt to deter potential thieves from breaking into their home after realizing that they are likely out of town, most thieves actually look for this and hone in on it, due to the fact that they can be fairly certain you are not home.
Mail and Newspaper
If you have mail and newspaper stacking up, you can bet that a thief is going to see this while scoping various areas and make your home a target. Nothing says break into my home more and take what you want then stacked up mail or newspapers on the driveway, which indicate to everyone present that no one has been in the house for a while.
Burglars want the easiest job possible and will generally target homes that have easy access points. This can come in the form of open doors and windows, which the criminal has noticed are regularly open, or it can come in the form of an entry point to your home which is not safeguarded well.
Although a great deal of burglars are well adept to dismantling and disabling security systems to prevent them from going off when they are on your property, having an alarm monitoring system on your home is a great way to let burglars know that you are prepared and that their job is going to be more difficult.
Most people are not at home all the time it just isn’t practical to go out and get security guards or hire someone to protect your home when you aren’t there. Because of this, you should be aware of how burglars think and take active measures to insure that you have made it as hard as possible if they do decide to target your home.