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What Burglars Don't Want You To Know

Protect Your Home: What Burglars Do Not Want You to Know.

Numerous homeowners choose not to think about home invasions too much. After all, home burglaries can impact more than lost valuables. They can jeopardize the safety of everyone in the home. And make you feel less safe within the confines of your own home.

Surveillance cameras can do more than make your home a less attractive target for burglars. These sophisticated surveillance systems can also help you file accurate insurance claims in the event an incident happens.

A Locked Door and a Watchful Eye Might Not Be Enough

Many burglars have a relatively easy time knocking down a locked door or window without arousing suspicion from neighbors. Even the most diligent neighbors can miss things. 

Additionally, many burglars prefer to scope out homes before robbing them. A neighbor might not notice a person dressed as a utility worker who lurks around a home in the middle of the day. 

Similarly, a neighbor might not notice anything particularly suspicious about a person who lets him or herself in through your garage door in the middle of the day. After all, it is not unusual to give a relative, a babysitter, or a handyman permission to enter a home while homeowners are away.

Also, an alarm system might not be adequate. It is common for alarm systems to be tripped accidentally, and patrol officers might make responding to alarm systems a second priority. Especially if it's happened a few times and they assume it's been tripped again.

Instead of relying on an alarm system that no one might care about, why not invest in the following measures instead:
·         Camera systems
·         Camera kits with DVRs
·         High definition video recording

Burglars are often confident that they will not be caught. A camera in plain view might be more of a deterrent than other measures.

What Burglars Want Besides Your Valuables

It is safe to say that burglars do not want to be caught. A vague description of a male or female with a certain skin tone and medium build is not a great lead for investigators. 

However, video images can provide solid evidence. A burglar can notice cameras and move on to another home to target. Better yet, burglars might move away from your neighborhood altogether.

When Things Go Wrong Despite Security Measures
It is always possible for your home to be burglarized despite the best security measures available. When things go wrong, it is important to have as much evidence as possible for insurance companies and police reports. 

Instead of claiming that certain items were missing only to find that you missed something important, watch video evidence. Be certain that all claims are accurate and that you are reimbursed for all property that was stolen from your home.

Be a Good Neighbor and Do Your Part to Stop Burglars

Complete camera surveillance systems can be the best way to put burglars behind bars, even when they are not caught in the act. 

Do your part to protect your neighborhood against crime without taking things too far. Questioning your neighbor’s new gardener or home appraiser might not be the best tactic, as it can seem like an intrusion of your neighbor's privacy. 

However, showing police video evidence of loitering or criminal acts can help drive criminals away. Surveillance systems can give you the evidence you need to prove that a suspicious person is likely up to no good. 

And comprehensive surveillance systems can give you the evidence you need to ensure that neighborhood burglars can be convicted.

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  1. GREAT POST !!! Security is one of the most important things in this day and age! We had a supposed "evangelist" nearly push through or front door one evening when we said we were eating dinner. Can't be too safe these days :)

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  3. I read once that the best deterrent is a barking dog. I have mine! And when it is a rescued animal, that's when it is the most protective of its family because of undying gratitude!

  4. As an avid Blacklist fan, I was looking forward to the "after" post about the show. But I cannot find it. How did I miss it? Lord Baltimore is a new character and it was a great premiere episode. Love your blog. Vicki in Louisville KY

  5. Great info! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Oh man, my hubby just asked me last night if we needed a security system and I said no.
    I think I worry about breakins during the day. At night we are pretty locked in. I usually don't lock my doors during the day even when I am gone but I have been. In a town close to us there has been a couple strange robberies this week. It's a very safe area with lots of stores and restaurants. We do need to be watchful.

  7. Very good information. My barking Yorkie & my neighbor's German shepherd should discourage burglars.

  8. When I rented my little home, I got a security alarm system. I had it three months. Someone busted my front door down, got in, took what they could until the alarm went off (60 seconds). I had costume jewlery all over the place. The person got away with two of my grandmother's rings and some costume jewlery. The valuables are now kept safely away. I was more upset that someone did this at 8:15 in the landlord put in security doors and he put in a gate at the driveway! And around that time, I rescued my little weiner dog, Rosie. So, I think we are pretty safe now...fingers are crossed.


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