4 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

4 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

4 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Several years ago, a law enforcement official was talking about a string of break-ins that had happened in a nearby community. The police were having a hard time identifying the wrongdoer, because he (or she) was an expert at covering their tracks.

And while most people assume that criminals commit their crimes in the dark of night, wearing black shirts, pants and ski masks, that’s not always the case.

Below are just a few of the things that burglars don’t want their targets to know.

They do their best to not look like a thief

In recent years, there have been a marked uptick in knock-knock burglaries, in which criminals will “knock” on a front door, during broad daylight, to see if someone is home. If they don’t get a reply, it’s assumed the home is empty (and therefore, a relatively safe target.)

Many burglars prefer to commit knock knock burglaries dressed in normal clothing. They may be dressed up as a lawn guy or a delivery driver. They may even carry a clipboard, to give the “appearance” that they’re on a professional errand.

They don’t like to target homes that have dogs

This falls more into the common-sense category. Regardless as to whether you own a Rottweiler or a Chihuahua, if you have a dog and someone tries to enter your home, that dog is likely to make a lot of noise. Loud noise is likely to draw attention, which makes it more likely that a burglar will get caught.

They love it when you post updates on your social media

If your Facebook or Instagram accounts aren’t locked up tight, anyone on the internet can view your posts. When you post about upcoming vacations, or when you’re out having dinner or drinks with your home, thieves love this. Why? Because it helps them know when to best commit a crime.

They love unlocked doors and windows

If the weather is nice and you decide to open your windows, make sure you close them before you leave your home. When you leave, don’t forget to lock your doors.  When members of the “Bling Ring” were breaking into celebrities’ homes in 2008-2009, they reported they were able to gain entry to quite a few houses, easily, because the doors were left unlocked.

Do you have other tips for preventing your home from being targeted by thieves? We’d love to hear them in the comments.