What Are The Chances Of A Burglar Coming Back?
Getting robbed once can be a traumatic experience for anyone. Home invasions occur where people feel the safest. This type of intrusion can have lasting emotional effects on the victim. Considering one burglary can be so damaging, what are the chances that a second will occur at the same property? What are the chances of a burglar coming back to the scene of the crime? To help protect your home and your family, call on Jay360 today and discover the best security solutions for you.
What Are The Chances?
Unfortunately and surprisingly, burglars often return to the scene of their crime. Many think that because they were robbed once, it won’t happen again – but that is just not the case. There are multiple factors that influence a burglar’s decision to come back to the same house they’ve robbed before.
According to statistics on repeat burglaries from Riolink.com, as many as one in three home invasion victims become a victim again. A second burglary may happen weeks, months, or even years after the first one. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to prevent burglaries in the first (or second) place.
Why Do Burglars Come Back?
It may seem like returning to the scene of the crime is not the smartest move on the burglar’s part. Most homeowners are extra cautious and may even purchase a security system or security cameras after a burglary takes place at their home. However, burglars weight the pros and cons when deciding which house to rob. Though returning to an already burgled house may seem like a con to those unfamiliar with burglar tactics, it is often a pro. Here are the top reasons why burglars come back.
1. Familiar Layout and Less Effort
Why go through all the trouble of learning a new house’s layout when you’ve already memorized the old one? A burglar’s most dangerous asset is speed. If a burglar already knows which rooms have the most valuable items and which rooms are duds, then they can get in and out even quicker than the first time. This is also why burglars break into similar homes on the same street or in the same neighbourhood.
2. Home Vulnerabilities
Unfortunately, there are many reasons why one home was selected over others – obvious vulnerabilities. One example is easily accessible open windows or garage doors. Another example is a poorly lit yard or lack of security system. Unless the homeowner addresses these vulnerabilities, they remain susceptible to a repeat burglary – either from the same burglar or a new one!
3. Replacement Of Items
Burglars are smart – they know that as soon as your valuable items, such as your new iPhone or laptop is stolen, you will immediately get another one. Often, insurance will take care of it and within weeks, the stolen items are replaced. This is prime time for your home to get robbed again is during the time these items are replaced. A repeat burglar will look for the same items all over again, as they are likely in the same spot and have a high value.
4. Knows You Aren’t Expecting It
As mentioned above, many people are unaware that they are at greater risk of being robbed again after the first home invasion. Though they may be extra cautious after a home invasion, most people don’t really think they’re going to get robbed twice in a short period of time. Unfortunately, burglars are aware of that kind of thinking and will take full advantage of it.
5. Knows What Other Valuables You Have
Because time is so important to burglars, they will often only take a few valuable items and leave others behind. Because of this, a repeat burglar already knows the valuables they left back at your house and has memorized exactly where they are. No searching or guessing is required for this – making your home an easy target.
How To Lower Your Chances of Being A Repeat Victim
There are many ways to lower your chances and prevent a burglar from targeting your house again. Take note of the following tips and see if your house is as secure as it could be.
Secure Your Home and Yard
It is important to keep both your home and your yard secure to deter any new or repeat burglars. Always keep your doors and windows locked. Do not leave your windows open when you are away from home. Did you know that the majority of burglaries happen during workday hours? Just because it’s bright and sunny outside does not mean it is safe to leave windows or screen doors open. Keep your yard well lit with motion sensor lights.
Windows are one of the easiest ways for burglars to enter a home. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A, an anonymous retired burglar answered curious homeowners’ questions.
User 9garrison asked: “How easy was it for you to enter targeted houses? What were your techniques?”
taw4ama_CatBurglar (retired burglar) replied:
“It was very easy. My method of entering was usually to find a decent backyard window and break it, entering through there. I had secured (hello, duct tape) a sharp rock to an elbow guard, and would just hit the window.
The worst times were when I forgot my gloves and had no way of opening the window (you’d be amazed at how many windows are painted shut, or were never meant to open to begin with). I had a pair of heavy mesh gloves to clear away glass at those times, and if I forgot them and couldn’t find another means of clearing the glass quickly, I’d abort the attempt.”
Move Valuables To Safe Location
It may be worth purchasing a small vault for valuables you do not want to lose in the unfortunate event of a second burglary. Because burglars will take note of where your valuables are located during the first burglary, it is also wise to find a new location for them even if you do not get a vault. Put valuables in a discreet new location. Do not leave laptops or other expensive electronics in easily accessible areas of the house.
Do Not Allow Strangers In Your Home
Most people will never have any idea what their burglar looked like. Therefore, if a stranger shows up to your house unannounced, it is best to proceed with caution. Burglars will often pretend to be workers such as a handymen, or actually work jobs that allow them to be inside people’s homes, making burglaries easier when the homeowner is away. If someone knocks on your door and claims to be an employee from a certain company, do not allow them inside until you have confirmation from the company that work was scheduled for that time and day.
Install a Security System
A security system is a great way to deter both new and repeat offenders from breaking into your home. There are a variety of options when it comes to security systems, including security cameras and many types of security alarms. At Jay360, we care deeply about preventing the traumatic and stressful experience of burglaries and home invasions. Purchasing a home security system can help protect your home from a first or repeat home invasion attempt.
Jay360 can help you sort through all the different options and help you decide on a system that is best for you, your family, and your budget. We will only recommend services and products that you need. We offer access control systems, security cameras, and gate controllers. We also install alarm and security systems.
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