Protecting yourself from criminal activity is simpler than you might think. Once you know what thieves want, it’s easy to outsmart them. Most criminals are opportunistic and avoid taking risks. If you can make it risky to steal your belongings, you’ll reduce the likelihood that thieves will target you. Here are some safety tips that burglars don’t want you to know.
When people picture a home invasion, they usually picture the burglar sneaking in at night. However, nighttime home crimes are uncommon. If a criminal plans to break into your home, they’ll likely do so between 10:00 and 11:00 AM, or between 1:00 and 3:00 PM.
This timing allows burglars to rifle through your home while everyone is at work or school. There will be fewer nosy neighbors asking what the criminals are up to, as well as reduced chances for visitors to notice the intruder.
Successful burglars typically come off as polite and friendly if you encounter them casing your home. They usually knock before entering, and if someone answers, they’ll ask for directions or offer to perform cleaning tasks around your yard. Criminals provide themselves with a veneer of legitimacy by posing as travelers or contractors when looking for victims.
Many home intruders already know the layout of the residences into which they break. They usually visit the home in an official capacity, as a contractor or landscaper, giving themselves a chance to see the homeowner’s patterns. They’ll know where valuables are stored before they initially enter the home legally. Most of all, because they have seen them working around the house, neighbors won’t question seeing them in their victim’s homes in the middle of the day.
If you keep your valuables in a safe, it’s unlikely for burglars to break into it during the day. Criminals don’t want to waste time cracking a safe when they’re trespassing in your home. They’ll take the safe with them and break into it at a quiet location.
That’s why safes are only a solid place to store valuables if you plan to bolt them to the floor. If a criminal can take a safe out of your home, it’s worse to have one. After all, you’ll store your valuables in it. A safe not bolted to the floor is as good as a flashing neon sign that says “steal this!”