Ex-Con Confessions: What Burglars Don’t Want to See

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Bob Gamble
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Sometimes, reporters ask reformed criminals to give their tips on preventing break-ins. They may ask questions about what the burglars saw as good opportunities for breaking into a residence, vs. what things might have stopped them from making an attempt. In this case, our tips are based on those things that stop burglars – those things they absolutely hate to see when they attempt to break in to a home. Those things include:

Locked Doors and Windows

With one-third of all home invasion crimes classified as “unlawful entries” – meaning there was no forced entry applied to get into the home – it makes sense that burglars hate it when doors and windows are securely locked. After all, an unlawful entry is when the perpetrator gets into the home through an unsecured opening. And when the doors have antiquated locks that require keys to open, it’s too easy for a homeowner to unintentionally roll out that red carpet. How? By forgetting to lock up the house when leaving.

How do you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? With a smart home security system that lets you lock your doors from anywhere, using a simple home security app on your smartphone. Controlling your system through the app means you can even close intruders’ favorite “secret” entrance: the garage door. Whether you do from the car, the office, or anywhere you happen to be, you can easily secure these important home entrances.

Homeowners Who Stay Home

Practiced burglars will surveil a house for days to see what the homeowners’ coming-and-going patterns are. It helps them prepare to strike at the right time, normally while the homeowner is at work. This is why so many home burglaries happen during weekdays. Yes, there’s broad daylight – but a burglar can learn to work around that as long as the house is empty.  

With a smart home security system, you can reduce the risk of being targeted while you’re at work during the day. You’ll know instantly about any uncommon activity at home while you’re away, and your video alerts can even show you what’s happening in real time. If there is a forced entry, your alarm will sound and the monitoring center will send help right away.

Effective, Smart Home Security

Burglars really do hate home security systems. One study of convicted burglars revealed that 83 percent of them checked for home security systems when looking for new houses to target, and 60 percent said they avoided homes altogether when it appeared there was a home security system. Those stories you hear about burglars disabling alarm systems? Those are outdated, hard wired alarms — not the wireless, smart home security systems of today. If you’re still using an outdated system to protect your home, it’s time to consider an upgrade.

Take it from ex-criminals: Home security systems are the best tools for keeping burglars at bay. To learn more about high quality smart home security, Delaware Valley homeowners can call Security Instrument for a free home security consultation.

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