Have you been the victim of a break in and worry about whether the burglars will come back? Perhaps heard or seen something that makes you think someone has attempted to break into your home?
People like to say lightning doesn’t strike twice…
To find out for sure, we need to dip into the crime figures and listen to what convicted burglars have to say. Read on for the horrible truth…
A confused.com survey found that more than one in six (17%) of burglary victims had been targeted three times or more. An incredible 65% of those were in the same property!
If you’re like me, your first thought is “how unlucky“… but it’s NOT bad luck!
Although a thief may share information with his criminal colleagues, it’s more common for him to commit the repeat crimes himself. He has done it once without getting caught and believes he can easily do it again.
Put yourself in his shoes. In his head he can tick off:
The same survey heard the words of an actual burglar: “I recall going back to the same house a few times, the person just wasn’t learning”
As with most things, it all depends. Some will be inexperienced and smug. They’ll come back a bit braver, armed with the knowledge they’ve already done it once.
On the other hand, the professional thief will do a cost / benefit analysis. If there is anything else he can steal and he’s confident he won’t be caught, he will strike again.
Here are some reasons burglars return to the same house:
Even if he’s not confident enough to break into your house again… another target may have been lined up. If they noticed a shed or summer house, a return visit has likely been scheduled in! Your fishing tackle, sports goods and garden equipment are also valuable!
If a burglar fails at his first attempt, there’s reason to believe he may return with a better action plan. The first attempt is almost a trial run. Next time he’ll change his plan to increase his chances.
Some things he can now plan for:
A return trip probably won’t faze him. After all, it’s an occupational hazard for a burglar to come back.
A Micromark surveyfound:
“94% of people feel home security is important, yet 55% of people surveyed did not have an alarm or CCTV, despite the fact that burglars say these are two of the most effective deterrents.”
Doesn’t that seem crazy when you see it in black and white? We know, from the horse’s mouth, what works to keep burglars from breaking in but 55% of people don’t have it!
Whether you have been burgled before or not, you can’t take chances with the safety of your family.
Falcon don’t do “out of the box” solutions. We take time to guide you through the options so you get the home security that best suits you. We are SSAIB accredited so you can trust us to provide the very best service and equipment.
The first step is a home security survey. Because nice people don’t think like thieves! With our years of skill and experience we can:
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