Friday the 13th doesn't mean you're headed for bad luck.
When it comes to the safety of your home or business, it doesn't take luck it takes smarts, awareness and easy to use tools (like security cameras and systems) and great resources (like us)
And if your house has ever been burglarized, you probably wondered why you were so unlucky. Why did the burglar choose your house?
Here are a few things burglars don't wan't you to know:
There are three classes of burglars: the professional, the semi-pro, and the amateur-opportunist.
Don't spend too much time worrying about the professional. They're probably after bigger stuff than you've got, and there isn't a lot you can do to stop them anyway.
The real worry is the semi-pros and amateurs because there are a lot of them around, and they often blend into the scenery. A high percentage of "easy" home burglaries are committed by teenagers who live close by.
The semi-pro may scout a neighborhood for a week or more, while an amateur may spend only a few hours casing a residence. Either way, once they've made the decision to rob a particular house, they'll be in and out in just a few minutes.
How it's done:
The most common home burglary goes like this: once a house has been targeted, the burglar will park their car around the block and walk over.
They'll go right up and ring the front doorbell. If someone comes to the door, they'll pretend to be selling something door to door or have a story that they are looking for a different house.
If there's no answer, they'll typically head around to the back of the house, seeking a way in without attracting too much attention.
They'll first try to force the back door. Most burglars don't bother picking locks. They know they'll be able to quickly gain entry by cruder methods.
If they can't get in through the back door, they'll try a window or possibly the garage door.
While burglars would prefer to work in darkness, they do not want to confront anyone, and generally choose to operate during the day when the house is more likely to be unoccupied.
The burglar is usually in and out within eight minutes or less. They usually head up to the master first, then they may take a quick sweep through other areas of the house, especially the living room, dining room, and den.
They will almost never go down in the basement, up in the attic, or into any confined area for fear of being trapped there should the homeowner or police arrive. That's why they also prefers single story homes (two story homes often have the master bedroom on the second floor).
How you're targeted:
Real estate agents talk about "curb appeal," how attractive and desirable a home looks from the street. Well, so do burglars.
They usually make the decision about which house to rob by first cruising your neighborhood.
Your challenge, therefore, is to make your house appear "hard" to a burglar, yet inviting to everyone else.
There are some simple things you can do. For example, keeping your lawn well manicured; it implies you pay close attention to your home.
An overgrown lawn suggests vacancy, and invites closer inspection of the home as a possible target.
Corner houses aren't targeted as frequently as homes in the middle of the block; they're too visible.
Houses located in cul-de-sacs are at higher risk due to less frequent police patrols and proximity to woods (good hiding places).
Townhouses often have poorly secured sliding glass doors and small enclosed back yards, attractive elements for the burglar.
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