Journalists are not the only ones doing research nowadays, burglars do it too. Houses are robbed between 10 am and 3 pm, 2 hours after you leave, (enough time for you to be long gone) and 2 hours before you come back (so they have enough time to escape.) They are finding crafty ways to gain access to your home in order to make a plan and execute it later.
Signs a Burglar is Watching Your House
Burglars have become creative now that more resources exist for them to scout your house from afar. You can make burglars think twice about robbing you by being aware of their tricks. Here is a list of their most tried ways in which they may obtain access to your home.
1. Strange Cars Parked in Your Neighborhood
Is there a car roaming around your neighborhood that you have never seen before? It could be a burglar eyeing houses to target. If you notice someone parked for an extended amount of time or someone that comes regularly but does not enter a home, report it to the police.
2. Strangers Walking Down Your Street
It’s always a good idea to know your neighbors so you can recognize the strangers trying to blend in. Burglars notice when neighbors don’t interact and people keep to themselves. This lets them know that if they choose your house, no one will bother reporting a robbery.
3. People Pretending to Conduct a Survey
Always keep your guard up when people come to you with a survey. Ask questions to see if they are legitimate. Ask about the company or organization that they work with, their name, and their job title.
4. People Pretending to Sell You Something
Door to door selling is not as common as it used to be. Stay wary of those who come forward telling you they are selling something you need. If you don’t see a product in their hand, stay away.
5. Strangers With an Emergency or in Need of Help
Burglars do not have a moral compass and will come up with any excuse for you to open your house to them, including faking an emergency.
6. Strangers Taking Pictures of Your Home
While technology can help us, technology can also be harmful in the wrong hands. Burglars could be taking pictures of your home so they can analyze entry points and items they have spotted such as a car.
7. Random Flyers Showing Up on Your Door
Thieves will test if you are home by leaving flyers at your front door. If you don’t pick them up, they will assume you are not home and choose your home as their target.
8. Something Doesn’t Feel Right
If you feel uneasy, it’s for a reason. Make sure you report your concern to neighbors and the police so you can stay safe.
Facts That Will Make You Take Burglary Seriously
- According to the FBI, a burglary happens every 13 seconds in the United States.
- One-third of all robberies occur through the front door entrance.
- Burglars already have key items they’re interested in when they enter your home
How to Prevent a Burglary
- Stay on the lookout for any suspicious activity around your neighborhood. The best way to prevent something from happening is by being conscious that something could happen.
- Talk to your neighbors to confirm that your suspicions are not just part of your imagination.
- Invest in a home security system so you can see what goes around you when you are not there.