The Burglar Returns!
Once you have been burgled there is an increased chance of being burgled a second
time, usually by the same burglar. The reason why that same burglar could come back
again is that he knows the layout of your home, he knows the weaknesses of your
home security and he knows that you will replace the stolen items when your insurance
If the burglar steals your TV, DVD player, computer, games console etc… then these
will nearly always be directly replaced by a similar, if not better item. The thief
will be rubbing his hands together when he pays you a visit a second time. From
his first visit, he knows how your home is laid out. e.g. where to find your TV
and computer which will make his second visit swifter.
The burglar may not have taken everything that interested him the first time. He
may not have been able to carry all of your items. Time is of essence so he would
have eyed up the rest of your valuables for his next visit.
It is unfortunate that homeowners do in fact get burgled two or three times if precautions
have not been taken to prevent further burglaries. Burglars often get into your
property by forcing a window or door. Next time round they will try the same window
or door. Surprisingly homeowners don’t learn their lesson and don’t improve their
home security after being burgled.
You need to make a review of your entire home security strategy. Look at your
door lock security
These need to be addressed first and fitting good quality locks and
deadbolts locks for your doors
will be a good start to improve your physical security. There are inexpensive options
that can be done to further protect your property. Fitting
external security lighting
to illuminate your yard and garden will deter a burglar from getting close to your
property. Always install this type of lighting in under-lit areas of your property.
If you have the budget then it is wise to install a
burglar alarm system
There are many systems that are inexpensive so there is really no excuse in installing
one. There are several options available from wired to
wireless security alarms
monitored alarm systems
A wireless system is great for installing yourself. There is a wide and varied choice
depending on your pocket but always choose the
best security company
you can afford.
The final option to consider is
home security cameras
and surveillance monitoring. Security cameras (or CCTV) are highly effective in
preventing the opportunist burglar because of their appearance together with signage
that often accompanies them. As burglars usually choose the easiest property to
break into, a security camera will deter them as they obviously don’t want to be
seen breaking in as the images captured would be used in a court of law to convict