Play Tricks With Burglars
No, we aren’t telling you to physically engage with burglars and play the game of cat and mouse. Not literally at least. Experienced burglars like the ones reported from the high profile break-ins are experienced con artists in their own right, so if you want to lessen your chances of becoming one of their victims, you must learn how to outsmart them. Most burglaries don’t happen in broad daylight under watchful eyes of witnesses or when the resident is home because well…that wouldn’t be too smart now would it? If burglars can tell that someone is home, they probably won’t attempt to break in. Now you’re probably thinking,”Heck, I can’t be home all the time to insure that I won’t be burgled! That’s impossible!” You’re absolutely right. We can’t be home around the clock, we have work responsibilities and daily life activities to carry on with.
This is where we learn to outsmart the people outside of our homes.Whenever you leave your house or apartment, adapt the habit of creating an illusion that someone is still at home. An easy way to do this is by leaving on some lights by doorways and windows, leaving the television on loud, playing an extended playlist from your Spotify, or all of the above options at the same time. Sure, they might burn up a little more of your electricity and up your monthly bills slightly but there are ways around that too. You can easily invest in some energy saving lightbulbs that last longer and are eco-friendly, and these won’t take a toll on your overall expenses.
A further measure you can take is by installing a home security system around your place, and making sure that there is one in plain sight outside of your main door and backdoor should any unwanted guests wander around.Even if your security system is not turned on, it will act as a caution to scare them off. It’s not guaranteed that skilled burglars won’t simply deactivate the system or test out whether it’s actually active, but it would buy you some extra time. Anything that you can do to deter them you should because every second counts. Any additional time you take away from them will give you,witnesses and the police more time to act.
Don’t Be A Cliché
You’ve all seen the movies and TV shows where people leave a spare house key underneath their welcome mat or somewhere near the front door of the house. Don’t do that.
Everyone knows this trick already so don’t be a cliché! It may seem like a brilliant idea to leave a spare key hidden in case you get locked out of your house, but that’s basically an open invitation to be burgled. You may as well put a sign on your door that says “Please come in and steal my stuff”. If someone wants to find a way in to your house, the first thing they will do is probably dig around the proximity for clues on how to enter without the use of force. It’s not hard to find hidden objects since there’s only so many places one can hide things outside of the home. If you must leave a spare key for safekeeping, then give one to a trusted neighbour (not just any neighbour), a good friend who lives in the neighbourhood or someone in your family.
Another good tip to keep in mind is to never put any sort of identification on your house keys - no street address, house number, phone number, your name or any pieces of information that can be traced back to you. With the help of technology these days, anyone who finds your keys can easily trace them back to your home and break in if they want to.
Build An Alliance With Your Neighbours
Power in numbers. There is nothing as powerful as when a group of people work together on the same mission. Getting to know your neighbours is an underrated weapon against burglars and criminal suspects, but if more people utilised this safety tactic, there would probably be lesser break-ins.There are much fewer residential break-ins in close-knit neighbourhoods because people look out for each other, and strangers who are seen creeping around the area will raise red flags immediately. You are more likely to help a friend than you are to help a stranger, so make the effort to become friends with your neighbours, it’s always helpful to have more allies. Even if you are not home, or away for an extended period of time, your neighbours can step in to keep a watchful eye on your home while you are gone. If you live in a neighbourhood that has frequent break-ins, think about getting all your neighbours together to create a watch program. Studies have shown that watch programs set up in neighbourhoods effectively reduce crime and violence. Even if you live in a building, you can get to know the people on your floor or join in on community gatherings. No war has ever been fought by a single person, so join forces with the people around you and raise awareness to combat neighbourhood crime.