How to Think Like a Burglar

Most burglars are looking for the path of least resistance. They don’t want to be seen, and they don’t want to be confronted.Here are weak points in home security that burglars watch for.


Handy hideouts

A lush yard looks nice, but burglars see thick bushes and dense trees as perfect cover. A good rule of thumb is to not have vegetation higher than three feet, and tree branches lower than six feet

Low-grade locks

Some old-style locks can be opened with just a credit card. Install single-cylinder dead bolts on all outside doors and consider adding a more secure catch called a dead latch.

Weak windows

Aside from unlocked doors, windows are the most common points of entry. Get double-pane windows, which are difficult to break.

Sounds of silence

Man’s best friend is a burglar’s worst enemy. You don’t need a big dog: A small, yappy pup helps keep intruders away. Don’t have a dog? Leave the radio or television on when you go out.

Advertised absence

Burglars case houses for clues. Leaving town? Put lights on timers, and ask someone to pick up your mail and mow your lawn.

Conspicuous caches

Thieves look where most people hide their valuables: dressers, bedroom closets, and freezers. Try unexpected spots.

Know nothing neighbors

Burglars avoid close-knit communities. Join a Neighborhood Watch Program and keep it active.

Deficient defenses

Motion-sensing lights, surveillance cameras, and alarms, coupled with signs declaring their presence, are prime deterrents. Installing them might also qualify you for a home insurance discount.

1 Comment on How to Think Like a Burglar

  1. **Small Town Girl** // August 23, 2013 at 11:08 am // Reply

    Great tips!


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