Today we're sharing a guest blog from Lynne Reed to make you aware of the four types of burglars who are looking to steal from you and your loves ones. Thank you for the valuable info, Lynne!
Protecting Yourself from Home Theft
There are few types of burglars who prey on homes in the world today. Some of them do not take the time to change their identities while others go to great lengths to con their way into one's home. In this article we will share the four burglar types who can invade your home and how you can keep your family safe.
* The Opportunist
The opportunist will not really disguise his identity. Many times this type of burglar is a young kid or someone who just happens to be around to notice that he can gain access to a home for a quick grab and run of something of value.
By making sure that you never leave a gate, door or window open, this will close any opportunity that a passing burglar may use to gain access for a quick grab and run theft. Always remember to keep any items of value out of passing sight and not in reach of anyone who is looking for a quick score. Even things like your kids bikes or other expensive toys can be seen as valuable to these types of burglars.
* The Scouters
These burglars spend a little more time on the planning stage. Often this type of burglary includes more than one thief. Many times it is teenagers or those who are drug addicts or alcoholics looking for money to feed their next fix.
When they choose a home or apartment to break into, they will first test to see if there is an open door or window. If none is found, they will attempt to break in with a screwdriver, a rock, or even the heel of a shoe that will work to break a window. Once inside though, they will not spend very much time looking for things of great value. They will try to grab anything they see that looks like it may bring in some money and then hurry and get out.
Since scouters are do not have the resources for a big job good security measures like an alarm system and good locks will keep them away.
* The Prowlers
These types of burglars are the most dangerous of sorts. They may try to break into your home while you are gone away or they may disguise themselves as delivery men, meter readers, the cable guy, gas man, or any other type of worker who would be able to gain entry into a home for a legitimate reason.
These burglars spend the time to check into what security system is being used so they can attempt to bypass it without alarm. They also will plan an escape route. They will case the home to know exactly where the valuables are kept and the exact layout of the place so they can move around swiftly and with ease.
If they do not use deception to gain entry into a home while the people are still there, they will use proper lock picking tools so there is no noise when they enter. But these burglars know the time it takes for the police to get to places, so they are prepared to leave just in time.
Many of these types of burglars are also violent. They have no problem breaking into a home and beating up, tying up or even raping and killing members of the household if they are home or come home during the time that they are there. IF they have gained access through masquerading as a service man, they will more than likely use force to gain information for credit cards, bank accounts, passports or any other personal identity information that they could sell on the black market.
* The Professionals
These burglars are the most prepared. They have the best gear for breaking into vaults and other big security systems but they usually prey on commercial properties such as banks, factories, warehouses or wealthy estates.
Taking the time to install a quality security system within your home can save your family a lot of heartache and allow peace of mind whether you are either home or away. Teach your children to put their valuables away and to avoid opening the door to strangers and they too will learn how to stay safe and secure.