We found the linked article and video below incredibly valuable. No better way to learn how burglars target homes other than from the burglars themselves, right!
We had 5 takeaways that we would like to share:
First, be present and aware outside in your neighborhoods when possible. Don’t hide in your house all the time. If the bad guy’s surveillance tells him that no one is ever around outside in the neighborhood, it’s a possible target. More of a reason to get out and talk to your neighbors and maybe even have a block party or two.
Second, we liked to learn about how wide open, well landscaped, well lit, yards were a deterrent. In the video, the burglar wouldn’t even consider a home like this. Conversely, the homes in the video with the tall, overgrown trees with branches hanging on the house and bushes that covered windows etc. were easy, clear targets. Consider replacing large bushes or trees that provide concealment near your home with short, well maintained rose bushes…ouch!
In addition, the burglars shared their strategy once inside the house. Remember, it is less likely the bad guy (s) would get in if your home was safeguarded by tips from our secure home and family session. However, if they did get in, our third takeaway is that they would go to the bedroom first because most valuables are kept in that area. We recommend a safe that is bolted to the floor to protect valuables, fire arms, etc.
Fourth, cameras were a big deterrent inside and outside the home. Here’s a tip, you can buy a battery operated fake camera that has a red flashing light for $9 online.
Our final takeaway is the time of the burglary was well planned either through individual home surveillance or the assumption that homes are empty in the afternoon from 12-3pm due to kids at school, home owners at work, etc. We recommend changing up the routine if possible to show that your home is occupied.
Read the full article and watch the video here.