If you’ve been the victim of a burglary, you’re likely experiencing a variety of emotions, not the least of which is the fear that the burglar will return. Some may tell you that this is merely paranoia, but that isn’t always the case. There are many reasons why your home could be targeted a second time, or why a burglary in your neighborhood could put you at risk. There are also many ways that you can avoid becoming a target in the future.
Why They Return
Once someone has successfully broken into your home and stolen your valuables, they already know what point of entry works as well as how to maneuver through your home. This is one of the biggest reasons for returning, but they typically won’t come back right away. After a few months, when you’ve had the chance to replace your valuables, they may return to try to break in a second time. Meanwhile, you’ll have had the opportunity to secure your home and make it a much less desirable target. By hitting the same home more than once, a burglar doesn’t have to expend as much energy and effort because they know that they’re likely to benefit from retargeting your home since most items (TVs, gaming consoles, etc.) will likely be replaced fairly quickly. They could also return to steal something valuable that they weren’t able to take with them the first time.
Make Your Home Less Attractive.
Since the burglar will likely wait a few months before returning, this provides you with the opportunity for you to secure your home. In addition to a home security system, there are many visible changes you can make to your home that will deter burglars such as improved lighting and removing visible barriers from entry points. Many burglars enter through unlocked entry points, so ensuring that everyone in your family keeps doors and windows shut and locked should be the first step. You can also take steps to further secure your doors, and even adjust your landscaping to remove possible hiding places.
One of your first steps towards securing your home should be to educate yourself and your family on the conditions that made you an attractive target in the first place. When you’re ready to move forward with the installation of a home security system, contact J&J Security to learn about the available options that can keep you and your family safe.