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Robbing a Home from a Thief’s Perspective: Part 1

When it comes to setting up your home security system, it’s important to take a step back and not think of it from the perspective of a home owner, but to think of it from the perspective of the robber.

An intruder has a certain thought process that they go through when they look at your home, and you need to think like them to adopt this view. Take away any stereotypes that you have of a typical thief, and try to think of them as another person with a unique viewpoint that can help you protect your home. This series is devised to give you a rundown of a typical home robber’s process…

Scoping

The first thing that a robber will try to determine when they see your home is if anyone is there, currently. They will try to stake out the home from a distance and look for several notifiers. Are there any lights or TVs on in the house? Are there any cars in the driveway? Has the mail been building up for several days? Depending on the answers to these questions, they will make a judgement on if anyone is home. There is also a good chance that they are scoping your house because they know that you are out of town. After determining this, they will judge how secure your home is, and calculate the different points of entry. Also important to spot is where there is cover, and whether the neighbors will be able to spot them at any points of entry.

Entry

To make absolute certain that no one is home, they will approach the house as though they were someone else, such as a repair specialist or door-to-door salesperson. If they ring or knock and someone answers the door, they will pretend to be someone else and follow through with that routine. If not, they know that nobody is there. (Don’t use this as an excuse to think everyone is trying to rob you, though. 99% of the time, people are probably who they say they are.) At this time, they will check the front door to see if it is locked. If it is, they will likely head to the backyard, which is much more discreet to break into. Also, sliding glass doors and back windows are usually very easy to break into.

First inside

One inside, a burglar will head to the largest bedroom first. This is where a vast majority of people keep their most valuable possessions. Once in the master bedroom, jewelry boxes are usually the first thing to get taken, as they are an easy way to steal a great amount of value with little weight or effort. After the jewelry box, they will look for small safes that they can take and attempt to get into later. If there is no safe, they will dig through each drawer in your dresser for deposits of loose cash. Also, on the off chance that someone is home and didn’t answer the door, the largest bedroom will likely be a good indicator on if anyone is really there.

Look for Part 2, soon!