Ex-Criminal Confessions: What Burglars Hate to See

Sometimes, reporters ask rehabilitated burglars and other ex-criminals to give their tips on preventing break-ins. They may ask questions about what the burglars saw as good opportunities for breaking into a home, vs. what things might have discouraged them from attempting. In this case, our tips are based on what discourages burglars – those things they absolutely hate to see when they attempt to break in. Those things include:

Secured Doors and Windows

With more than 500,000 home invasion crimes classified as simple “unlawful entries,” it stands to reason that burglars hate it when doors and windows are secured. An unlawful entry is when the criminal gets into the home via an unsecured window or door. Unfortunately, it’s easy for a homeowner to unintentionally facilitate unlawful entry by forgetting to lock up the house when leaving.

So, how can you make sure a burglar finds your doors and windows secured instead? With a smart home security system that lets you lock the door from anywhere, using the home security app on your smartphone. Accessing your system through the app means you can even close your garage door, which is another home entrance that’s vulnerable for break-ins.

Homeowners Who Stay Home

Experienced burglars will stake out a house for days to see what the homeowners’ coming-and-going patterns are. It helps them prepare to strike at the right time, normally while the homeowner is at work. This is why so many home burglaries happen during weekdays. Yes, there’s broad daylight – but a burglar can learn to work around that as long as the house is empty.  

With a smart home security system, you can reduce the risk of being targeted while you’re at work during the day. You’ll know instantly about any uncommon activity at home while you’re away, and your video alerts can even show you what’s happening in real time. If there is a forced entry, your alarm will sound and help will be on its way.

Effective, Smart Home Security

Naturally, burglars hate security systems. One study of convicted burglars revealed that 83 percent of them checked for home security systems when looking for new targets, and 60 percent said they avoided homes that appeared to have a security system installed. Those stories you hear about burglars dismantling alarm systems? Those aren’t the wireless, smart home security systems of today. If you’re still using an outdated system to protect your home, it’s time to consider an upgrade.

Take it from ex-criminals: Home security systems are the best tools for keeping burglars at bay. To learn more about high quality smart home security, call GuardMe Security today.

Call the GuardMe Security Team Today

For information on upgrading to smart home security, homeowners can contact GuardMe to request a no-obligation consultation. Call us today at (888) 839-8407. 

Craig Metzger
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Craig Metzger

President at GuardMe Security
Craig is the President of GuardMe Security, a top security company providing home and business alarm systems to the residents of New Jersey and across the country.
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