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Decreasing The Risks Of Residential Burglaries
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Burglary is a rampant crime with over two million reported cases each year in the United States. Of those cases, about 70 percent of burglaries occur in residential buildings. Burglars will target any type of residential unit whether it is a house, apartment building or trailer. While most victims do not get injured during burglaries, the aftereffects are devastating monetarily and emotionally. To better protect themselves, residents need to understand how these criminals operate and different security measures they can take at home.

Residents who understand the mindset of burglars can take precautionary measures to avoid becoming a statistic. In general, burglars are cowards who do not want to be caught for their actions. They are also fairly intelligent and only target areas with low security and fewer chances of witnesses. Most burglaries are not random because criminals will spend days or even weeks casing a location in order to calculate the perfect time to strike. Burglars will watch the residents from a low-visibility area to learn their habits and look out for potential obstacles, such as watchdogs or nosy neighbors. Sometimes, burglars pose as neutral characters like a delivery person to learn more about the target's schedule and daily routines.

Most attacks occur between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. because this time frame is when the majority of residents are at work or school. People can decrease their chances of becoming a target by adopting different schedules and changing their habits. Workers who come home for their lunch breaks can deter burglars from targeting their residences. If their job offers rotating schedules or a variety of shifts, residents can alter the times they are away from home. It can help to ask neighbors to check on the home once in awhile under the guise of feeding the pet or watering the plants. Burglars do not like witnesses or unexpected surprises, such as the resident coming home at a different hour than usual.

Since living in a constant state of paranoia and constantly changing habits is not an ideal lifestyle, there are other ways for residents to gain security. Watchdogs and guard dogs are effective deterrents, but some residents do not have the time or ability to care for such animals. Home security systems with surveillance cameras and alarms are good choices, but residents who rent do not always have these options available. Home safes are one of the best investments residents can make when it comes to protecting their valuables.

On average, burglaries last only 90 seconds, which is enough time for the thieves to break in, steal goods and escape before the police arrive. Even with a home security system, residents can lose thousands of dollars worth of belongings that can never be recovered. As of 2008, police arrested only 13 percent of burglars for their crimes. With a home safe, residents can lock away their most precious valuables to reduce the impact of losses. The average amount that victims lose in burglary cases is over $2,000. A simple home safe can cost anywhere between $100 and $1,000, so the initial investment is worth it. Some of the most frequent items stolen are guns, jewelry and cash. Safes come in a variety of sizes, and all of them have a sufficient amount of space to store such valuables.

A burglary occurs every 14.16 seconds, but residents can decrease their chances of becoming victimized by gaining awareness of their habits and protecting their most valuable belongings. People do not have to live in constant fear of attacks as long as they make wise decisions and invest in effective security.


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