Things Burglars Look for When They Choose Which Homes to Target

Things Burglars Look for When They Choose Which Homes to Target

Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge

In our last post, we talked about some of the things you can do to minimize the chance that your home will be targeted by burglars. For this post, we wanted to continue that conversation.

Whether a car is visible

Burglars tend to avoid homes that seem to be inhabited. Keeping indoor lights and a television on is good, but doing that, and leaving a car in the driveway, is better. One reformed burglar told a reporter that a car in the driveway indicated to him that someone was home.

Overgrown shrubbery

If a would-be wrongdoer is looking for a home to target and he has the choice of breaking into a home that has a clean yard and motion lighting, or a house that has a lot of trees, overgrown bushes and plants that provide cover, he’d choose the latter.

Piles of junk mail

Nothing screams “no one is home” like a stack of junk mail on the porch. Before you head out of town, be sure to contact the post office (and your newspaper delivery service) and ask them to put a temporary stop on deliveries. If you forget to do this, be sure to reach out to a friend or neighbor to ask if they can help you clear the clutter.

Wayward packages

Nothing can ruin a person’s day like finding out they’ve become a victim of package theft. In today’s world, package thieves are brazen.

First, just because you’re at home during the day, that’s not to say you won’t be targeted. If you don’t remove the delivery from the porch, within minutes of it being delivered, it may not be there when you go to retrieve it. Second, statistics suggest that less than 10% of package thieves are arrested.

In December of last year, one man got so tired of having his things stolen, that he engineered a custom-built “bait-package,” that, when opened, sprayed the thieves with glitter and fart spray. (To date, the YouTube video that documented the prank has been viewed more than 66 million times.) Since not all of us have the time, skills and patience to arrange bait-package justice, the best way to prevent deliveries from being stolen is to collect them as soon as they arrive.

In closing

If you’re planning on heading out of town this summer and you’re interested in learning more about how a home watch service can help keep your home secure, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to get started.