Every 13 seconds, a home is broken into. As a homeowner, you need to take the right steps to help ensure that your home is not made a target. Thinking like a cat burglar can put you into their mindset and help you determine if your home is considered an easy target, and if so, what changes you can make to stop that. Here are a few of the steps a cat burglar follows when selecting homes, entering them and then stealing once inside.
Stake Out the Right Home
The first thing a cat burglar will do is stake out the right home. They will look for homes with high privacy fences and homes with high or overgrown vegetation so neighbors can’t see them. Most will dress up in a costume, like a tree cutter, pest control man, or appliance repairman. This provides them with a cover if they are confronted. They may even ring your doorbell to see if you are home or not before attempting to gain entry. Trimming back trees and bushes, using a doorbell camera and making sure your home is well lit in the evenings can help you avoid your home being deemed a target.
Gain Entry Into the Home
Once a cat burglar has picked their target and is satisfied that there is no one home, they will attempt to gain entry into your home. Most will first check for doors or windows that may be unlocked. If they can’t find one, they will look around for a space key. They know all of the tricks, including keys hidden under the doormat or hidden key holders. If all else fails, a burglar will break a window or sliding glass door, but this is typically a last resort and only if the burglar is sure you don’t have an alarm that will go off when they do this. Always making sure your windows and doors are locked and no hide-a-keys are used to store your key helps to secure your home.
Know Where to Look for the Items of Value
Once a burglar gains entry into your home, they work incredibly quickly to obtain the items of value that are in your home. Unfortunately for you, most people keep their valuable items in the same places. Women keep their jewelry on their dressers or in their closets. Credit cards and personal information that can be used to commit identity theft are often located near the kitchen or dining room, where mail is kept. Pills which can be sold for money are always found in the medicine cabinets in the home. And most small electronics, such as iPads and laptops, are found in common living areas. If a burglar has time and enough help, they may also go about stealing your tvs. Hiding your valuables or locking them up offers the most protection if your home is broken into.
Thinking like a cat burglar can help you learn what steps to take to deter them from targetting your home.
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