Breaking and entering is a term often associated with burglary. But did you know that nothing has to be stolen in order for this to be a crime? Also known simply as B&E, people break into homes for all sorts of reasons–many of which are to steal or cause harm–but some break-ins happen as a result of people looking for shelter or perhaps a place to party when no one’s home. The latter can still result in damage to your property and cause you to feel unsafe at home. Whatever the intention is in a breaking and entering crime, you need to know how to bar strangers from accessing your home without your permission. The first step in doing so is to dispel some of the myths people have about break-ins, which only set them up to be prime targets!
Some of these myths include:
Breaking and Entering Doesn’t Happen in My Neighborhood
Do you live in a “safe” neighborhood? Can you leave your front door and your windows unlocked without worrying about someone letting themselves in? If you answered yes to these questions, you are making yourself a prime target for a breaking and entering crime! Why? Because no neighborhood is safe from burglary and other crimes.
If you don’t believe us, give your local police department a call. Ask them how safe your neighborhood is and ask about the likelihood of a burglar targeting your home. You may be surprised to find out that you are the exact type of homeowner that burglars regularly target for future crimes since they literally prey on homes that appear to be oblivious to home security!
Home Security Systems Are a Waste of Time
The biggest home security myth of all is that you don’t really need home security! Some will tell you that alarms don’t really work, that they’re useless at stopping criminals or that you can do better guarding your home by other means. Don’t let armchair home security experts fool you, though. Burglars want you to believe that alarms and surveillance systems are a waste of time so that you won’t do anything to protect your home. By not having a system, you make breaking and entering efforts infinitely easier!