How Do Burglars Target Homes

Tips to Prevent a Burglary


Home burglaries are unexpected and can be quite frightening. What’s even scarier is that statistics show that less than 15% of thieves ever get caught. However, there are different ways for you to decrease the risks of a burglar targeting your home. Burglars usually examine a variety of different factors before determining whether or not to break into a house. The following are some of the things that burglars keep an eye out for when selecting a target. Learn how you can deter burglars and prevent a burglary from happening to your own home.

What Do Burglars Target

What Do Burglars Target

One of the biggest signals burglars look for is whether or not a home looks occupied. If a burglar has been staking out a house for a while, he/she may be familiar with the occupants’ schedule and know the times they generally leave or arrive home. Therefore, it is very important to make it seem like someone is always home. This can be especially difficult when you and your family are out on vacation, but here are some of signs of an unoccupied house that you should avoid.

  1. Mail and newspapers pile up
  2. Arrange with the postal office to hold your mail. Another option is to have a friend or neighbor regularly pick up your mail.

  3. Lights are never on
  4. If you aren’t going out for too long, leave your lights on. If you are planning to be out for an extended period of time, set up timers on your lights that are located both inside and outside your house.

  5. Untrimmed trees, shrubs, and lawn
  6. If you are going on a long vacation, arrange for your lawn to be mowed, and any plants to be trimmed by a neighbor. This will be a good indication that someone is living in the house and can also prevent the plants from creating hiding places for burglars.

  7. Social Media Posting
  8. Do not post pictures or anything on social media that will indicate that you are on vacation or travelling. Chances are that you probably have a few people following you on your social media accounts that are not close friends or are just mere acquaintances.

Home Security Systems

Having a home security alarm system is the best way to protect your house from burglars. Burglars will usually target homes that they know do not have a system installed.

  1. Alarm System
  2. Install an alarm system if you do not already have one.

  3. Alarm Sign and Decals
  4. Place an alarm sign in your front yard and place alarm decals on your windows.

  5. Security Cameras
  6. Install visible security cameras around the perimeter of your house.

  7. Monitoring Service
  8. Sign up for a home monitoring service with your security system so that your home is always being protected even while you are away.

10 Tips to Avoid a Burglary

Here are some additional precautions that you can take to deter a burglar from targeting your home:

  1. Lock all doors and windows
  2. Lock all your doors, windows, garage, and shed before leaving your house.

  3. Close your curtains
  4. Do not leave your curtains open, revealing the belongings in your house.

  5. Remove spare keys
  6. Never leave spare keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes, or other hiding spots.

  7. Don’t leave belongings outside
  8. Keep your lawn mowers, barbecues, and bicycles indoors and out of sight when they are not in use.

  9. Move car
  10. If you have more than one car, move it out of the garage and leave it either in front of your house or in the driveway before you leave. It will make it seem as if someone was home.

  11. Leave porch light on
  12. When you are going out, leave the porch light on. Burglars are less likely to approach the door if there is light on them.

  13. Turn on radio or television
  14. Leave a radio or television playing while you are out. If a potential burglar hear the noise, they will think that someone is home.

  15. Install motion sensor lights
  16. Install motion sensor lights outside your house so that it will turn on if it detects any movement. If the light suddenly turns on, the burglar will probably get scared off your property.

  17. Get a pet dog
  18. Having a dog, regardless of size, can be very useful for protecting your home because its bark can attract attention.

  19. Make sure door hinges face inside
  20. Make sure the hinges of your door are facing inside. If it is facing outside, it is easier for burglars to manipulate it in order to break into the house.

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