To Stop a Burglar, Think like One

To Stop a Burglar, Think like One

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To Stop a Burglar, Think like One There is a common idiom that says it takes a thief to catch a thief. The idea is that one thief knows how another works. Those of us in the security business believe that this old idiom is sage advice.

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Published 03 May 2016
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To Stop a Burglar, Think like One There is a common idiom that says it takes a thief to catch a thief. The idea is that one thief knows how another works. Those of us in the security business believe that this old idiom is sage advice. In order to stop a burglar from successfully invading your home, it helps to think like a burglar yourself. Thinking like a burglar will help you identify vulnerabilities so that they can be mitigated. Of course, we are certainly not recommending you get a group of friends together to begin burglarizing all the homes in your neighborhood. Instead, just step back and try to think of all the things you might consider doing as a burglar to ensure you would succeed.
Look at Vulnerable Entry Points Every burglar wants to get in and out as quickly as possible without being detected. Therefore, they look for weaknesses that will allow easy entry. The most successful burglars, for example, know the front door is very easy to breach with a well-placed kick. This should motivate a homeowner to install double-keyed deadbolt locks that are more difficult to be breached with a single kick. Look around the first floor of your home and identify other vulnerable entry points. Sliding glass doors to the rear patio and family room windows that might be kept open during the summer months are prime examples. You can purchase high-quality locks for both. Look at Your Valuable Possessions Burglars looking to get into your home are not after collectibles that they can put on their own mantels above the fireplace. They are looking for things they can sell quickly for cash. That means they are after jewelry, electronics and prescription drugs, among other items. Keep those things out of reach and out of sight.
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Experienced burglars know where to find what they're looking for. You probably keep your prescription drugs in the bathroom medicine cabinet. You also probably keep a jewelry box somewhere in the master bedroom.So it’s a good practice to not place your valuables where burglars expect to find them. Look at Ways of Detection The last thing a burglar wants is to be noticed by anyone else in the neighborhood. That's why burglars look for the most vulnerable homes with no visible signs of security devices. If you were a burglar, would you choose a home with monitored home security or one that is left completely unprotected? Home security systems are a proven deterrent to residential burglaries and other crimes. Criminals are smart enough to know that if a property is being monitored, their chances of success without detection are drastically reduced. When video cameras are involved, the deterrence factor is even more powerful. Video cameras can be used to complete investigations and obtain convictions. The point of this is to say thathome security is probably the single most effective thing you can doto avoid becoming the victim of a burglar. Home security is not 100 percent foolproof, but it tips the scales in your favor tremendously. Look at Ways to Increase Your Privacy If nothing else, burglars are opportunistic. They are constantly looking for signs that a home might be vacant.Don’tlet them figure out whether you are home based on your actions. Consider additional ways to increase your privacy, such as being careful with social media, not sticking to a predictable schedule, and so on. Keep burglars guessing at all times.
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