How to Think Like a Criminal

7 - Bandits

Most home burglaries are premeditated Thieves want to keep their time inside of homes to a minimum and look for easily-accessible targets. There isn’t one thing you can do to protect your home 100% of the time, but there are some simple steps that will decrease the odds of a break-in.

Before we get to those suggestions, read these facts:

  • In two-person family homes, most robberies occur during the day.
  • On average, thieves spend one minute gaining entry and less than five minutes inside a home.
  • The ground floor is the most common place for burglaries.
  • The side door, rear door, and garage door are the most common areas for entry.

Using these facts, walk around your home and put yourself in the shoes of a burglar. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are your windows locked?
  • Are deadbolts installed on exterior doors? Are they solid-core so they can’t be kicked in?
  • When did you last change the keypad code to your garage door?
  • Does your landscaping allow a burglar to conceal himself while attempting to open a door or window?
  • Is your home well lit? Are lights motion-sensor controlled? Are lights high enough so that burglars can’t disable the lights?
  • Is your identity displayed anywhere outside your house?
  • Are your possessions secure, documented, and out of sight?

By following this process, you can make your home less attractive to criminals and improve your peace of mind.