Of all the things you have to plan for when leaving on vacation, a robbery is not usually one of them. Although it crosses our minds many times before we set off, it’s still the last thing we expect and certainly the most dreaded. You take precautions such as hiding your most prized possessions, locking all windows and doors, and maybe leaving a light on or two to throw off a potential predator. Whether you are prepared or not, the day may come when someone tries to break into your home. The criminal who would do this comes in different types, and it’s important to know what’s out there.
In most cases the least dangerous of robbers or thieves is the opportunist, who will sneak in and sneak out with a great fear of being seen or discovered. It is the neighbor who knows you will be on vacation or the trouble-making prowler looking for a quick and easy score in your home without causing too much noise.
The easiest opportunities for this kind of thief are unlocked doors or windows. He might kick down an insect screen or force open weak or low-quality locks. The opportunist is sometimes smart enough to come through that obscure window on the side of your house covered by a large tree, or the back sliding patio door that you always forget to lock.
There’s nothing like having a security camera to catch him in the act, although all that’s left for you is a video to relive the horrible memory. This type of robbery is surely going to cause you a great deal of heartache when come home to find your space has been invaded and your valuables are missing.
Speaking of security cameras, we looked at ADT’s common points of entry for home break-ins and this is what they found:
“• Front door: 34% of burglars twist the doorknob and walk right in.
• First-floor windows: 23% use a first-floor open window to break into your home.
• Back door: 22% come in through the back door.
• Garage doors: 9% gain entrance through the garage.
• Basement: 4% choose the basement as a point of entry.
• Unlocked areas, sheds, and storage: Another 6% will simply try for any opening that isn’t locked down.
• Second-floor window: A daring 2% will go for the second-story window.”
The next type of home predator is the infamous burglar. A British security firm points out that burglars will always check the common entry points first. That means the door and window security is of the highest importance. They specifically state that “High quality door and window locks are the first-line deterrents for burglars and intruders and a solid countermeasure to break-ins.” A burglar is more confident and less fearful of consequences than a basic opportunist.
A burglar is usually smarter than an opportunist. If you have security cameras, he may be prepared for your video surveillance by covering up his identity or disabling the cameras. He’s also prepared for wired alarm systems and knows how to deal with them so they don’t slow him down.
Your call to the authorities is time wasted—he’s in and out in under 11 minutes, which is the average time it takes for police to arrive to a burglary in the state of California. If you’re lucky, you are left unharmed and can say the same for your family. Be prepared for police reports, insurance claims, and possibly mental health assessments before you feel safe in your home again after a traumatic experience.
The last and most unpredictable of the predators is the intruder. In a home invasion, or hot prowl burglary, the intruder forcibly enters an occupied residence: “The overarching intent of a hot prowl burglary can be theft, robbery, assault, sexual assault, murder, kidnapping, or another crime, either by stealth or direct force.”
An intruder can come with many different motivations: he might be simply intoxicated, or a mentally unstable person, or a stalker, or a career criminal. He may not be bothered by the fact that you are home because he is determined to let nothing stop him from taking what he wants from you and your family.
You need time and space to make the best judgment call and plan your next course of action in this fearful situation. You can have peace of mind with a force-resistant barrier between you and the intruder. Effective perimeter security at your main entry points will halt his efforts in the moment so you can get yourself together and call for help to arrive.
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When your home is Sure Secured with our tensile-tough, steel mesh doors and windows, even most intruders will not waste their time trying to force them open. Opportunists and burglars will decide it’s not worth the trouble and will just move on.
This is the case whether you’re home or not, whether they mean you harm or are after something material. When you’re Sure Secured, you don’t have to rely solely on after-the-fact security measures. You won’t have to make the last-resort decision of what to do with the weapon you may have stored in your home.
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