As mentioned in our previous posts that about 40 homes are burglarized every 10 minutes or one home every 15 seconds, did you know that with these cases of burglaries only 15 percent are ever caught? Indeed a very alarming statistics. So, how do we protect ourselves and not fall prey to burglary and home invasion?
Let us first identify the ten most common types of thief’s target.
1. Living near offenders. Living in a neighborhood known to have an above average rate of drug problem, in a highly-urbanized part of the city or places with a large population of young people and a large number of strangers like shopping malls, train stations or major thoroughfares makes you vulnerable to becoming a potential victim.
2. Living in a secluded area. Living in low-traffic areas like outskirts of neighborhoods or in dead-end parts of a community makes your home an easy target to burglary. Criminals target homes with fewer neighbors and are secluded. Homes situated at the street corners are vulnerable as well, since thieves could scope through the area including your habits by just simply doing a drive by and take a slow turn right in front of your home. This could also depend on the lay-out of your neighborhood, especially if your house is not that visible to neighbors like having big trees blocking the view.
3. Previous victim or near one. If your home has been burglarized before, chances are they might strike again since they already succeeded in breaking into your home the last time. Also, if you live right next to a home that’s been burglarized, then you might become the next target. This will happen if they were not caught the last time.
4. Hiding place. The way your house was designed and built could also attract thieves, including the landscape like planting shrubs and bushes giving them a place to hide. To help make your home unattractive to burglars you may add prickly plants that would hurt them when they try to hide behind it. You can also add rocks and gravels that make noise if someone steps on it.
5. Empty house. Most home burglaries, about 60 percent of it happen during the day and on a workweek. Thieves don’t usually invade an occupied house, they target your home when you’re at work and the kids are in school. Also, overgrown yards and piled up mails and newspapers on your doorstep are their cue that you are not at home. Having a dog could help you with this problem aside from putting deadbolts in your doors and installing an alarm system. Don’t forget to close your garage door if you’re going on a vacation and also add deadbolts to reinforce it.
6. Poor security. This would include not installing an alarm system or forgetting to engage it as well as poor lighting around the house, making your home an easy target for burglars who strike at night.
7. Very accessible. Having unsecured back entries, garage doors and basement doors are common entry points for burglars. In some, it is the front door, especially those with entry points weakened by a poor repair job or leaving doors and windows unlocked.
8. Wealthy looks. If you have a home that shows signs of wealth, like expensive cars parked in the garage, will make it more appealing to burglars. It makes them giddy knowing that they will get a bigger pay-off.
9. Social media. In a nationwide survey, about 41 percent of homeowners ranging from age 18 to 34 years old post updates and pictures on social media as they go on a vacation. You can never be sure who might see your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media sites. There have been many instances where victims knew the perpetrators and they were burglarized because they posted on social media that they were not at home.
10. Rural areas. Though burglary rates are higher in urban areas but many homes in rural areas are also burglarized. Reasons they see are isolation and expensive equipment that are just lying in open areas, unprotected by the owners.