Burglars know best on how to prevent a burglary…
Naturally those that like to intrude into homes and steal are the ones that know best about what weak spots to look for in a target house to burgle – or what works well as deterrents to keep any intruders away. That’s why KGW’s investigative team sent letters to 86 inmates at Oregon Department of Corrections that are currently serving time for burglary, the responses were surprisingly informative and would apply equally as well to home-owners in the UK. The inmates were asked a variety of questions, below are some that we think are most interesting and of interest.
- How would you typically break into a home?
Most inmates answered by saying unlocked doors or windows, with some being a bit more aggressive and literally kicking the door open. One inmate said “I would kick in the door rather than break glass. Loud bangs are better than loud glass breaking.”
- What is the first thing you would look at to steal when you’re inside?
Jewellery, electronics, cash, credit cards anything that was small, valuable and easily removable.
- Where did you look for hidden valuables?
Many of the inmates said that they would start in the master bedroom, before moving on to the rest of the house.
- What time of day is a burglary likely to take place?
Most if not all inmates responded by saying early morning or afternoon. One convicted burglar said “Between 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Anyone that was home for lunch should be gone by then and most kids should all still be in school.”
- Did any dogs make you think twice?
Inmates had mixed opinions, smaller dogs didn’t seem to be too much of a bother but big dogs would be a cause for concern. Other inmates simply said they wouldn’t bother regardless, due to the noise they could make. “Dogs are a deal breaker. Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out” said one of the inmates.
- If a home alarm system went off, what would you do?
Thankfully, it was agreed that if alarms sounded, the intruders would leave immediately. “I would try and turn it off or get the hell out of there” expressed one inmate.
- Would any visible security cameras keep you from breaking in?
Generally they all agreed that security cameras were a strong deterrent, although it would also guarantee that there were valuables worth protecting inside the home.
- What is the one thing homeowners can do to avoid an intrusion or burglary?
Most of the inmates suggested making their property visible, no overgrown trees or bushes, lights on and have neighbours that are keen to keep an eye out. One inmate said “in my opinion, I think homeowners should always leave a TV or radio on” whilst another said “Get a camera and make it visible”.
Despite the fact that somewhere along the line all of these inmates that participated have attempted or succeeded in stealing and/or burglaries, some of them felt remorse and mentioned that it would be good to give back and help people rather that hurting. One convicted burglar said “I’ll never be able to give back the sense of security I destroyed, but I can prevent others from losing theirs”. From this interesting set of questions, it would seem that by making your house bold and seem as though there are people present (even if there isn’t!) burglars won’t really think of coming close. So, if you’re thinking about home security and would like to know what options are available, why not contact Town & Country on 0800 1601125.
For more information, read: http://www.kgw.com/news/investigations/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344213396