Residential burglary is a crime of opportunity, and all too often the resident provides that opportunity. Burglaries are committed by criminals who, for the most part, have little or no skill and are seeking an easy target. If you delay a burglar’s entry for five minutes, that person will probably leave and victimize someone else.
What is a burglary?
A burglary is defined as entering or remaining in a dwelling or a structure with the intent to commit an offense therein.
When do the majority of burglaries occur?
Most residential burglaries occur during the day when the victim is away from the residence. Remember, the individuals committing this type of crime have little or no skill, so they are seeking the chance to make a quick score and leave without a confrontation.
How do they break into a house?
Most of the time they get in through an unlocked door or an open window. Or they use bodily force to gain entry.
What kind of property do they like to steal?
Their favorite targets are money, firearms, jewelry, TV’s and VCR’s.
What can I do to make my home safer?
Use this list as a starter:
- When you leave home, make certain that all your doors and windows are closed and secured. Do not hide a key on the outside of your residence because it can be used by burglars.
- Trim the shrubbery around your house so that your neighbors can see into your yard.
- Use see-through type fencing around your backyard to limit easy access to the back of your house.
- Make your home look occupied while you are away on vacation or out of town on business. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your house while you’re gone and leave an emergency contact number with someone. Stop your mail and newspaper.
- Check to make sure that the locks on your windows and doors work properly. If they do not, have them repaired or replaced.
- If a door or doorjamb has been damaged during a previous burglary, that unit should be replaced with a new unit. Do not repair it in an attempt to save money. That unit has failed once, and it will fail again. You are protecting you and your family. It is worth the additional cost to ensure their safety.
- If you are moving into a new house or apartment, have the locks re-keyed so the doors cannot be opened with the same key. Some burglars use a master key or a key the obtained from the previous owner.
- Garage doors should be kept closed at all times. Garages equipped with automatic openers should have the security code reset after installation to prevent unauthorized entry by someone using a remote control on the factory setting.