There are two types of buglers, the ones that deliberately plan and scout possible victims and opportunist burglars, who see what they want and take it. Whether you’re in Nashville or San Francisco, the motives are the same.
Criminals convicted of burglary over the years have shared with police what makes them target certain locations. In a case study, 12 percent admitting planning their crime, 41 percent claimed “spur of the moment, and 37 percent varied. They look for empty buildings and easy access to behind the building, as well as, an easy escape route. They prefer fenced in yards with plenty of bushes and trees to hide behind. Some convicts admitted to knocking on the front door to see if anyone is home or if they hear a dog bark. Others will try to find identification information in order to look up the phone number and call to see if anyone is home. Should someone answer the phone or door, the offender already came up with an excuse to justify their presence.
Some thieves gain information prior to committing the crime, like by knowing the victim themselves, receiving a tip, or through their own observation. However, it’s more common that they find opportunities that are too good to resist.
Take simple precautions to prevent burglars. Don’t hide a spare key on your property, try giving it to a trusting neighbor. The look for homes without signs of protection. Consider installing flood lights or siren, if not a full security system. One convict noted that silent alarms don’t work as well, because they can still get in and out before the cops show up. A siren let’s them know. Those who are not stopped by alarms project either being confident they will depart before they police arrive or capable of disabling the alarm. The effectiveness of the dead bolt depends on the type of burglar. Deliberate planners will try to use force or other means to get past physical barriers. Opportunists will find a more vulnerable target.
If you’re ever away from home for days, ask a neighbor to keep the front walkway clear of newspapers and mail, maybe even park a car in your driveway to deter burglars. Don’t use a fake yard sign, deliberate planners are thorough, they’ll find out if you actually have it. They look for the wires from the security systems connecting to the windows. If you’re replacing windows, get laminated glass, it’s harder to break.
Sometimes it’s as simple as keeping windows and blinds closed. Don’t allow valuables to be seen from the street. Drugs and alcohol are sometimes a factor with criminal motivation and it inhibits rational thinking.