5 Ways to break into a house!
1. The World Wide Web…Yes, the Web!
The Web has changed our lives dramatically for good and sadly it has assisted burglars too. Here are some ways burglars exploit it for evil:
Burglars are constantly on the lookout for over-sharing on popular social media sites. A teen may innocently post about a family vacation, location, duration and a single working person may also post about the long hours spent out at the fuel station…the list goes on. These people have just invited burglars into their homes!Posting a relationship status lets thieves know how many people are likely to live in the home. For a burglar willing to do his or her homework, social media can yield a treasure trove of information about when and how long people are going to be away. Geolocation may be the ultimate burglar research tool. These services provide fun ways to meet people and play treasure hunt-type games. The ability to tell exactly where the user is at any given moment is a dream for burglars, who can enter homes while monitoring the owner’s location, and finish up the job when the service signals their return. Websites such as Zillow.com, and most property finding sites can provide people with photos of home interior designs and property values helping burglars get familiar with layouts thereby facilitating the ease of access.
2. Intruders aren’t going to bother with targets they don’t think will allow them to get in and out undetected, loot-rich.
Ideal targets are homes with indications no one will return soon.An outdoor security lamp left on for a long time, particularly daytimes, a thrash bin left unattended to for long, these are examples of signs intruders look for before striking. Signs of life are likely to put off would-be thieves. They can be fooled by strategic lighting and loud broadcasts (radios consume less energy than TVs, and talk shows sound like conversations in the home). At night, lights and a radio or TV on timers keep homes looking occupied into the wee hours, deterring burglars and keeping families safer long after bedtime. Try as much as possible to keep valuables out of plain sight and asking neighbours to help routinely check your home if you will be away for a long time can be of immense benefit.The use of light timers, previously mentioned in this blog can be very helpful.
3. Most burglars aren’t looking for trouble.
The typical burglar avoids confrontation, has scant interest in an arrest and fears physical harm. Homeowners can use these concerns to their advantage.Use of Alarm systems and dogs can also scare away thieves.At night, the best first defence for single-family homes is lighting and lots of it. While interior lighting implies people are home, blazing exterior lights discourage a closer look. Undeterred daredevils may dash toward sides or back doors obscured from view. Those hidden areas, characteristic of houses at ends of cul-de-sacs, are best secured with bright lights and extra security measures on doors and windows. Lawns and window signs advertising alarm systems deter many break-in attempts also. Should burglars ignore warnings, the resulting sirens will prompt quick and possibly empty-handed exits.The third line of defence (and one of the best) is the barking dog. Dogs chained outside in a yard with a fence offer little threat. Burglars’ encounters with unanticipated indoor canines, however, add factors out of burglars’ control. No time or energy for pets? Many homeowners swear by their fake four-legged friends. Imagine a motion sensor triggering a bright light accompanied by the loud barking of up to five angry dogs.
4. Find a good opening.
Cool rainy season days and crisp fall air make open windows irresistible –, especially to burglars. Thieves think nothing of walking the circumference of your home, trying each door, window and cellar opening until one relents to prying hands. Of course, first-floor windows and doors are more susceptible, but climbable trees and tables used as makeshift ladders place second-floor windows at as much risk.
Even when home, families should ensure their doors and windows are closed and locked; unattended or dark parts of the occupied homes are vulnerable. Consider bustling dining rooms and kitchens during dinners, when second floors can become targets for quiet burglars. Or consider the dark second-story bedroom where someone is sleeping near a wide-open window.Have you ever tried hiding your keys in a bunch of haystack keys?doing so will make it very difficult for insider thieves to sort out which key is yours, also ensure to check back on access when workers leave your home as they may open doors and windows from the inside in preparation for a later break-in.
5. Wait for the holidays.
Burglars who prefer to plan their heist in advance always take advantage of the festive seasons. Christmas and other major festivities have become known for increased nefarious activities. A lot of families have homes unattended to, as well as homes packed full of gifts and other expensive items, thereby increasing vulnerability.