The Habits of Burglars

habits of burglarsIn the city of Baltimore in the year 2012 there were 7,770 reported burglaries, which would make an average of 21.3 burglaries a day if they were spread out evenly over the whole year. That’s means 1.2% of the cities population was burglarized, or there were 1,248 burglaries per 100,000 citizens, which is the metric the FBI uses to measure crime, which is over 200 more then the national average of 1,041 for cities with similar populations. Follow all of the information up with the statistic that less than 15% of burglars are caught over the course of their criminal careers. It’s a chilling thought, isn’t it?

After violent crime, burglary is the worst kind of crime you can experience. It means a direct and permanent loss of property, and, more importantly, the loss of feeling safe inside of your home. If you don’t want to be burglarized, or have been burglarized and want to avoid it in the future, you need to know the habits of burglars.

Types of Burglars

The methods and target selection of the burglar depends on the type of burglar they are. There are three levels of burglar that might invade your home; the seasoned career professional, the mid leveled semi-professional, and the novice or opportunistic burglar.

Career professionals are few and far between, and often target easy, high value targets, like vacations homes, and so aren’t as much of a threat to the average citizen.

The mid level and novice burglars represent a much greater threat to the average home owner. A mid level burglar may scout neighborhoods for weeks in advance of a burglary, to learn the residents’ habits, and identify valuable targets. Novice or opportunistic burglars may only take a couple of hours to case a home, or will opportunistically rob a home when they see an easy opportunity.

 House Selection

Burglars target homes by first casually surveying neighborhoods to look for likely targets. They might pose as sales people going door to door, ringing doorbells and offering fake services. This strategy offers several advantages in that it gives them the opportunity to get near your home without arousing too much suspicion, it lets them know the times of day you might be home, and if someone does open the door they can get a cursory peak inside to see if there are any obvious valuables present. Burglars will avoid houses in areas where there’s more frequent traffic, like houses on corner lots. Burglars also look at how cared for a home is, and will target homes that don’t have obvious security, o that look like the residents might be on vacation or otherwise away often.

How They Do It

When burglars burglar a home they are looking to get in, grab the most convenient to take valuable objects, and then leave as quickly as possible. For entry, they might come up to the front door, ring the doorbell, and discretely check to see if it’s locked. If no one is home and the front door is locked they will go around to the back of the house, where they can access the house unobserved. As many as 1/3 of burglaries do not involve forceful entry, meaning the burglar finds an open door or window they can enter through.  If they can’t find an unlocked door or window, they’ll use a pry a bar to open a back door and window. From the back of your house they’ll quickly sweep through your home, grabbing small lightweight and easily portable valuables in sight. Tablets, laptops, and jewelry all fetch good money for their weight and are easy to carry. Because burglars are trying to work as fast as possible, they don’t do careful searches, they won’t pick through your jewelry box, or small safes, they’ll just grab the whole thing. Burglars will hit the living room, dining room, and master bedroom as their primary objectives, but are less willing to go into the second story of homes, attics, or basements because there’s a chance they could get cornered there. A burglar’s goal is to get in and out as fast as possible and they will spend as little time as eight minutes in a house.

Worried About Burglars? CSS Can Help

If you want to secure your home and valuables against the threat of burglary and theft then you may want to consider purchasing a Maryland home security system, video surveillance accessible from your phone, window and door alarms, or a 24-hour home monitoring service. Fortunately Chesapeake Systems Service Inc. is here and can supply you with all these services and many more, with quality customer service and care.

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