Home Security Tips from Your Neighborhood Burglar

Posted by Omega Security on March 5, 2014

According to the FBI, a home burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds in the United States. Even if you live in the safest city in the world, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to happen to your family. In an effort to help you protect your home, we went straight to the source to find out how burglars operate.

How Burglars Choose Their Target

Criminals always start from the road when they target a home. The first thing they look for is a home that appears empty. An empty driveway, a dark house even a trash can sitting on the curb can all be indications that nobody’s home. Once they spot a home they believe is empty, they will more than likely head straight to the front or back door.

Insider Tip: According to some professional burglars, a “Beware of Dog” sign could be a sure sign you don’t have an alarm system.

How Burglars Gain Entry

Most criminals knock on the door and wait for a response. If there’s no response, this is an indication that no one is home. If someone were to answer, most criminals will ask random questions or even act like a phony solicitor.

Before they knock on the door, however, most burglars look for easy locks to pick and for signs of a home alarm. Most home security companies will place signs in the front yard to let people know the home is monitored, but security cameras are also a good indication the house has burglary security services.

Once inside, the criminals are instantly scoping out the home for items such as jewelry, keys, credit cards and other valuable that are easy to carry without being noticed. While the bigger stuff may be left after a heist, there’s a good chance they will come back. In fact, if you’ve been robbed before, your chances of being robbed a second time are even greater.

Tips for Deterring Burglars:

Invest in an Alarm System

One of the greatest ways to deter a criminal is by installing an alarm system. Today, home security companies can load your home with amazing features, such as remote home monitoring from your smartphone, 24/7 security cameras and signs to prevent criminals from considering your home in the first place.

Appear Present

When you’re away for work or even vacation, always make sure it looks like someone is home. Park a car in the driveway, put your home lights on a timer and consider leaving the television on. If a criminal notices these things, they will more than likely move to the next house.

Install Solid Locks and Doors

Always make sure that your front door is equipped with a deadbolt lock. It also doesn’t hurt to invest in a door made of a solid hardwood or metal too. Since the front door is the first place a criminal will hit, they won’t waste their time picking two locks and trying to kick down a metal door.

Sadly, most homeowners wait until something bad happens before they even consider prevention methods. If you value your belongings, want to feel safe and don’t want to be the target of the neighborhood, Omega Security is ready to help.