After summer, the next busiest time for home burglaries starts now as the holiday season picks up. While everybody’s busy with end-of-year functions, traveling for the holidays, shopping and shipping presents, home burglaries spike.
Burglary experts say the master bedroom nearly always gets hit first. Most crooks know the master bedroom is where people like to keep their favorite assets. That’s what happened at a home recently burglarized in less than nine minutes. By going to straight to the master bedroom, the thieves were able to escape with $75,000 in jewelry and cash.
These determined burglars chose to commit the crime when there was a landscaping crew working in the area. This operated in their favor when they had to make three attempts before successfully breaking in. First try was on a sliding glass door. When that didn’t work, they tried another door but failed there too. Eventually, the crooks got to the side garage door where they picked the lock and gained entry.
What burglars do
There are no radical changes in the world of home burglaries – sure, crooks are using social media but basically the same parameters that applied before still apply today. The loot they’re after is still cash, jewelry, and electronics, anything that’s easy to move with one addition – personal information – identity theft is a growing business. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways burglars operate:
- Burglars spy out their victims, observing patterns, finding out when no one is home
- They‘ll bring food to keep dogs quiet and calm
- Crooks like busy streets so they won’t be noticed
- With home burglaries, thieves target the master bedroom first
- They will check the master bedroom nightstand and under the bed
- For some reason, crooks check the pockets of women’s coats
- A burglar’s favorite tool is the humble screwdriver
- Burglars check obituaries to find out when people are away at funerals
- Burglars know people hide cash in cans and freezers.
- Most home burglaries happen between nine a.m. and three p.m.
Selling stolen goods
One victim had her grandmother’s seven-carat amethyst ring stolen along with other jewelry. Police had a suspect they were watching and the victim took the suspect’s picture and name to a local resale shop, hoping he would be caught and the ring recovered.
Despite the warning from the victim, the shop still bought the jewelry for cash from the suspect, two weeks later. When questioned afterwards, the owner admitted to doing previous business with the man. The suspect was arrested and the shop is being investigated but the jewelry has never been recovered.
Fencing stolen goods from home burglaries is easy at resale shops and Cash for Gold businesses that leave no paper trail. Unlike pawnshops, these businesses aren’t regulated and don’t have to follow pawnshop reporting rules.
The best protection
Don’t store your precious items in a jewelry box which is easy to grab or keep your cash in a lock box that can be carried away. The best protection from home burglaries is a safe bolted to a floor in your home.
Follow the common sense tips you’ll find on this site to avoid home burglaries. If you have an alarm, arm it. Always lock doors and windows, keep bushes and trees trimmed and don’t advertise expensive purchases by leaving the boxes out on the sidewalk for the garbage pick-up.
But the best weapon to thwart home burglaries is a wireless home security system with camera surveillance. No crook likes having his picture taken while he’s working…