How Criminals See A Neighborhood

December 28th, 2018

If you’ve seen a lot of heist movies, you might think that robbing a home or business is all about the challenge and criminals are eager to test themselves against all the latest high-tech security systems.  However, in reality, burglars hate risks since every risk is another chance of getting caught.  Even professional thieves prefer to find places that are easy to break into, and so they tend to look for places where security is low and people living there are away.

Does It Look Like The Occupants Are Away?

If a thief notices that someone living in a house won’t be back for a while, they treat it as a prime target.  That’s why they watch for things like:

Piles of mail or newspapers that no one is collecting

Overgrown lawns and gardens

Quiet nights where no one turns on a light

In addition, most robberies take place between around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  It might sound daring to rob a place in the middle of the day, but that’s when most people are at work and school, making it more likely that a house is empty and there are no witnesses nearby.

Are There Any Loud Dogs?

You don’t need a trained attack dog to protect your house, because a noisy pet is often all you need.  Burglars tend to be very nervous when they’re robbing a house, and it doesn’t take much to convince them to give up on a place and move on to an easier target.  That’s why a friendly but noisy dog can be a surprisingly big help to your home security.  A lot of loud barking can attract a whole neighborhood’s attention, especially in the middle of the night, so burglars often pass on homes where loud dogs live.

How’s The Security Situation?

Every house has a few basic security features like deadbolts and latches on windows, but you can buy security systems that add a lot more obstacles to a potential burglar’s path.  On the other hand, you can choose not to use the security features you already have, which is exactly what a burglar likes to see.  After all, while it’s not that hard to pry open a locked door with a crowbar, it’s even easier to open a door the homeowner never locked in the first place.

That’s why it’s important to not just have advanced security systems but to actively use them.  After all, there’s no point in having a burglar alarm if you never remember to set it before you leave the house every day.  Fortunately, it’s easier to remember to use your security these days thanks to integrated security systems you can activate and coordinate using a smartphone app.

These integrated systems can work with security cameras, burglar alarms, fire alarms, and electronic locks to make sure your residence has the tightest security in the neighborhood.  So long as you make good use of it, your home will be safe from all kinds of burglars, including the professionals.  After all, unlike heist movies, most professionals prefer easy targets to hard ones.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
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