It’s never fun to think about the possibility of a home invasion actually occurring to you but nevertheless, the possibility exists. Portland, Oregon’s WFAA 8 news conducted a survey, asking 86 burglars how they broke into homes. Here are 5 of the best tips:

“Get a camera and make it visible!”

It should come as no surprise that displaying a home security system, and particularly a camera, would deter a burglary from happening. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology conducted a report, studying the decisions of burglaries by convicted burglars. This study found that the fear of criminal consequences actually ranked lower as a deterrent than fear of injury or confrontation with the occupants. Thankfully, this study also stated that, “about 60% of the burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether.”

These alarming statistics prove that a home security system is far more important to a criminal’s decision than the actual punishment.

“What time the house would be empty and for how long.”

Contrary to popular belief, a majority of burglaries actually occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Although one might assume their home is most vulnerable during the middle of the night, burglars have statistically shown a preference of breaking into a home when no one is there. If their intention is to avoid anyone, it makes plenty of sense for a burglary to occur when parents are likely at work and children at school. A tip for securing your home while away is installing cameras. This will allow you to check on your home from anywhere and receive alerts of a break-in.

A vehicle in the driveway, “most of the time that is a sure-fire sign of someone being home.”

One of the most efficient and easiest remedies for home security is actually quite simple, leaving a vehicle parked in the driveway. It may come as a bit of a surprise but leaving a car parked outside leads a burglar to assume someone is home. As previewed in the previous tip, criminals prefer avoiding human confrontation. Of the 86 burglars interviewed in Portland, Ore, nearly all confirmed, “they’d think twice if there was a car in the driveway.”

“Dogs are a deal breaker for me. Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”

One of the oldest and most common forms of home security, dogs can be a useful tool for deterring a home invasion before it even occurs. Summarized in a report by the US Department of Justice, “on average, burglarized houses are less likely to have dogs than non-burglarized houses.” Specific breeds of dogs are common for home security purposes but unfortunately can be quite costly, not only in their purchase but the training needed as well. Although technology has made great advancements in home security options, a dog’s bark may just enough to prevent a possible burglary.


Knock, knock who’s there?

Of all the questions asked in the survey, only one was unanimous, “Did you typically knock on the front door before breaking into a home?” Every single convicted burglar asked, answered that they did indeed knock on the door prior to the invasion. It is common for a burglar to check if anyone is in the home before attempting to enter. If the door was answered, the burglars stated they would simply appear to be at the wrong address or even present a fake door-to-door survey. If you are home alone and a stranger appears suspicious when at your door, don’t be afraid to call the authorities and report the occurrence.