With last year’s crime stats showing that break-ins at residential properties is the third most common crime in the country (at over a quarter of a million cases in 2016 according to a Business Tech report) do you know how likely it is that your home will be broken into? The architecture of your house can trigger burglary, and you probably aren’t even aware of it.
A building with a guard can be broken into just as easily as a residential house with an open window; it’s just a matter of working around the design. A very interesting book – A Burglar’s Guide to the City written by blogger Geoff Manaugh suggests that “our living and working spaces, no matter how seemingly secure, are proving grounds for small-time crooks and sophisticated criminals alike; a smart thief will improve his routine based on the way a specific structure is designed”.
Knowing how burglars and robbers operate is important to protect both your family and your home. Professor Rudolph Zinn, author of Home Invasion: Robbers Disclose What You Should Know, interviewed burglars and robbers who were convicted to find out what they looked at when planning to break into a house, and what then stopped them from intruding.
The following were some of his findings:
Professor Rudolph Zinn added that through his interviews he found that robbers are violent and that they are willing to use lethal force to break into a house. He said robbers go for money and jewellery, items that do not have serial numbers and cannot be traced back to the crime scene.
What precautions can homeowners take to protect their homes?
There are precautions you can take to secure your home from burglars. Here are a few more tips on things homeowners can do to safeguard their homes that were taken from an interview with an American burglar.
Your house is an important asset, therefore getting Household Insurance should be just as important. Make sure your insurance policy covers the contents of your house against burglary, as some insurance companies may not by default.
Disclaimer: The findings reported in this article are not Hippo’s and are provided for informational purposes only.