When trying to consider every weakness in your home defense, there are no better people to ask than those who would try to break in themselves. The Columbus Division of Police conducted a few interviews with locked-up home invaders to help you get a better look at what you should be keeping safe and how.
One thing the that immediately deters most criminals is the presence of an alarm system. One inmate said “[If there] ain’t no dog in there barking; if I don’t see the wires on the windows for the alarm system,” then you are immediately a more likely target. “Get that security system set up,” he says. And if you think your second story is safe from intrusion, think again. “A lot of people think second story windows don’t need to be locked. You need to lock them too; wire them up with security too.” He goes on to explain the methods of climbing up antenna poles to reach the windows.
Another inmate goes on to include “good locks” on the security check list. “If you know you’re not going to be in the home a lot, install that security system… set it off so people know it’s there. Don’t just buy it and never set it off.”
In other words, don’t just buy an alarm system; use it!
The most obvious protection is just to hide your valuables. “When you’re not there, shut your windows so we can’t see what’s in there.” If there is no tempting incentive visible, burglars are way less likely to break in. However, if he can see something he wants, “he’s going in there.” Keep jewelry and guns hidden or locked away because those are the high ticket items. One inmate also mentions that older people are at higher risk for theft because “people think it’s more easy to do… and get away with it.”
This can all be rather intimidating, “The majority of the time though, it does work. If you have everything dead-bolted and alarms and everything like that, he don’t want to have to take the time to try and get that.”
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