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Home Security: What Do Burglars Look For?

Home Security: What Do Burglars Look For?

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This was a news article well worth reading from: http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344333696 - we just wanted to get the message out to our customers - so learn and enjoy!

Do you ever wonder whether your home security system or “Beware of Dog” sign actually keeps burglars away?

We did too. So KGW's investigative team sent letters to 86 inmates currently serving time for burglary in the Oregon Department of Corrections.  The inmates were asked to respond anonymously to 17 questions detailing how they broke in, when the crime occurred and what they were looking for. 

What we learned could help you keep your home safe from burglaries.


1.    How did you typically break into a home or apartment?

Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.  Several burglars kicked the door open.

“I would kick in the door rather than break glass. Loud bangs are better than loud glass breaking, plus you run the risk of getting cut,” said one inmate.

2.    Once inside, what was the first thing you looked to steal?

Jewelry, electronics, cash and credit cards are all attractive to burglars. Inmates also added collectibles and guns.

“NRA sticker on car bumper = Lots of guns to steal,” wrote one burglar.

3.    Where did you look for hidden valuables?

Most burglars started by searching the master bedroom for valuables, then moved through the rest of the house.

“Everywhere!  From the stove and freezer, to the fish tank and toilet tank, book shelves and in boxes of cereal,” said an inmate.


Read the full story here: http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344333696



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