Keeping you Home Safe from Burglary - Tips from a Professional Burglar



How to Prevent a Robbery

In today's tough economy, home invasions are sadly becoming more real. People are losing their items, and many may never see them again. If you don't want your house robbed, this guide will show you some easy steps you can take to prevent a break-in.

Steps

  1. Try using a working alarm system is always a good measure.Getting one isn't very hard and usually not expensive. These alarms can be a great deterrent for burglars. Make sure, however, that it is professionally installed. Ensure that the alarm works by checking it regularly. If you are unable to buy an alarm system, placing stickers or signs that announce the presence of an alarm is a smart move. They are available for free or at low prices from many security companies.
  2. Locking doors and windows are a good measure.Unlocked doors and windows make it easy for someone to rob your house. If a lock doesn't work, get it fixed immediately. It is recommended that you buy a deadbolt lock, preferably one that is high quality. They are available for purchase at most hardware stores. Also, consider getting a hardwood or reinforced door if you live in a high crime area.
  3. Destroy boxes.As strange as it may seem, people may want to rob you for what is on a box at the end of your driveway. If you have a box that shows a plasma screen TV or something else very expensive, you want to get rid of it.
  4. Leave lights on if you're leaving.If a house looks vacant and unprepared, that house may be a victim of a robbery. Leaving lights on is a safe measure for any house. This can be done by setting up a timer to your lights to turn them on at specific times. Set them to realistic periods, such as in the evening, and not very late at night. Doing this will prevent suspicion.
  5. Trust your neighbors.If you're going to be gone for a while, neighbors can help protect your house. You can give a spare key to your neighbors if you have a good relationship with them and can trust them to have your back in case of an emergency. Your neighbors can also report any suspicious activity if they see it.
  6. Close your garage.Leaving it open, even during the day puts your car and its contents at risk from strangers passing your house. Be especially vigilant about closing it at night. If you see your neighbors garage open after bedtime, call them to let them know. They will appreciate the call, and likely return the favor if you inadvertently leave your garage open.
  7. Keep things put away and out of sight if possible, so a snooping stranger can't see valuables through windows.This goes for your car as well. Install thick curtains for your windows and make sure to close them when you are not home. You may want to buy a cover for your car if necessary, or leave your valuables out of sight.
  8. If you have glass next to your outside doors use a double dead bolt, so they can't reach in though broken glass and unbolt the door.Keep a key for the deadbolt inside the house near the door at all times so you can escape easily in case of a fire.
  9. Plant thorny bushes near windows that may be vulnerable to break-in to deter thieves.Examples of such bushes are many types of roses, as well as holly plants. Roses and holly both look nice and have sharp thorns to prevent robbers from breaking in. Make sure to trim the plants whenever necessary.
  10. Eliminate tall shrubs near doors and windows that may allow thieves to be concealed from watchful neighbors as they attempt to break into your home.This especially holds true if you are going to be away from your house for a while. Thick and unkempt shrubbery is a clear giveaway that you are not home, and haven't been for a while.
  11. Be certain to secure windows into your garage.For sliding windows use channel locks that clamp on or a stick that keeps the window from sliding open. Once in your garage, thieves have many opportunities to break into your house using your own tools from the garage. And unfortunately once in your garage often the door leading into your home is unlocked. So lock it, with a dead bolt, and keep it locked when you are gone or asleep.
  12. Secure upper story windows, and especially doors to decks or balconies.These can often be reached by athletic youth or experienced thieves seeking easy access into your home. If you live in an area with a high crime rate, you may want to install metal bars over your windows. Metal bars will essentially eliminate most threat of burglars breaking in through an upper story window.
  13. Add exterior lighting to your home so that visitors are in plain sight of your neighbors when approaching your home.Leave them on when you are gone, or put them on motion sensors, and/or light sensors so they are on at dusk and/or when someone approaches your house.
  14. If you have to park your vehicle outside, park in a well lit area and keep it locked.You may want to invest in a car alarm as well. Use a pedal jack to ensure that no one can drive away with your vehicle.
  15. Don't keep a key to your house, hidden outside your house.Never leave a spare key under the doormat or in a plant pot. Most thoughtful thieves will find a hidden key if they have time to search. If you have to keep a key outside your home keep it at a neighbors house. You could even keep it hiddenin a lockboxoutside their house if you are concerned about them being unavailable when you need your key.
  16. Be cautious about workers and contractors working at your house or your neighbor's house.If you have valuable equipment or tools, put them out of sight, out of mind. For a few it, may be tempting to help themselves to your stuff, or tell a friend where there are some valuable items to be lifted at a later date.

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  • Question
    What if there are weak spots in the house that I don't know about?
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    Check all places in your home before anything happens and if you find a weak spot, get it fixed and/or make it stronger.
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    How do I stop them from getting into my car?
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    Hide your valuables in a hidden pocket or compartment in the car or bring them inside, which is best. If you have an expensive or desirable car, they will target it more. With these vehicles, get a car alarm and get windows that are 4mm plus.
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    What should I do if I see someone's house being robbed?
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    Call 911 immediately. However, keep yourself safe and make sure the robbers don't see you.
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  • Question
    Should I set traps?
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    That's probably not a good idea. What if a neighbor or friend comes over and gets caught in the trap? Or what if you forget about it and get caught yourself?
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  • Question
    How do you avoid robbery when you're not around?
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    Thanks!
  • Question
    What are the causes of armed robbery?
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    It usually happens because the robbers felt that they would get busted, so they brought a weapon to protect them or create distractions. The results are variable, including injury, death, or kidnapping (if you protect yourself well but they decided you have seen too much). If you know what you are doing, protect yourself from the robbers. You also could successfully defend your home, catch the robbers, or at least survive without a scratch.
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  • Question
    What can I do if I'm scared there's a burglar in the basement?
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    If you are positive, call the police. If you aren't sure, you can install cameras,= or slowly walk down with a very heavy stick.
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  • Question
    How can I prevent any further robberies?
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    Follow the instructions listed in the article above. Consider installing a security system.
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    What do I do if the robber is armed and knows where I am in my home?
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    If possible, lock the room you are in and call 911. If you have a weapon and he gets in, use it protect yourself, since the law states you have the right to self-defense in your own house.
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  • Question
    How will I be able to keep my cat safe if my cat is at home when a robber comes?
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    There isn't really anything you can do, sadly. You could lock your cat in one room during the day in the event of a robbery, but even that wouldn't guarantee its safety.
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  • Don't hide your valuables in the bedroom, that's where the robbers will look extra. When they rob a house, they're stressed and by hiding it somewhere less obvious you can waste some of their time and make them even more anxious and they might chicken out.
  • Check security systems and locks often, to make sure they are in working condition.
  • Take photos of yourself with valuables like jewelry and make sure you keep the documents and receipts. If you get robbed and want money from the insurance company you may need it to get more or any money.
  • It’s best to lock the doors and windows and turn on all lights in your house if it makes you feel more comfortable.

Warnings

  • If your home is invaded and you're there, call the police! Thieves may or may not be armed, and losing your Xbox 360 Elite is better than losing your life! If you lose something, when the robber is caught in the house, the items should be returned to you. If it is a few days after the robbery when the thief is caught, if anything can not be found, you can buy some new ones and insurance will pay for most of it.





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Date: 06.12.2018, 18:44 / Views: 51455