Inside the Plan of a Burglary – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Home From Criminals

Dashia Starr
Updated Aug 5, 2020
2 min read

Pinpointing a timeline for burglars of when burglars might attack your home is nearly impossible. But some of the day-to-day actions may be all the clues they need to plan and execute an intrusion. We got a few tips from some of the experts to put you in the mind of a burglar as a way to help protect your home.

Watch what you put on social media

Cybersecurity Expert, owner and co-founder of Chargebacks 911, Monica Eaton-Cardone shared her top tips to help keep your home safe from burglars.

Be careful of what you post on your social media – it can easily let burglars know when you’re not home.

“Lots of people, for example, love to post daily Facebook updates when they’re on vacation, showing-off photos of a beautiful beach or an exotic sunset,” she shared. “Depending on your privacy settings you could be alerting local criminals that your home is empty and vulnerable.”

Keep in mind that some platforms also share your city and country unless you remove the information. Instead, wait until you’re back home to share photos. We reveal a vast amount of information including where we live, work and our close relationships.

It’s easy to give clues of what we buy when we review products and go to events. All in all – this data makes it easy for burglars to scout what they want and when to get it without needing to peruse the neighborhood or peak outside of your home. The more personal data you include on reviews, comments and other sites online, the more time burglars save on their attack.

Always make your home look occupied

Sara Routhier, a managing editor for 360 Quote chimed in to share more tips to deter burglars. Criminals often look for empty homes and may spend weeks looking around your neighborhood or online for signs that you’re away. Burglars often don’t attack at night, as many commonly believe.

“While many people think robberies are most common at night, burglars are actually far more likely to strike between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when most people are at work,” Routhier shared.

Be mindful of moving boxes and packaging

Burglars often target new residents and keep an eye out when they’re moving in to spot valuables such as computers and TVs. They may also see that you’re new to the neighborhood or bought a new gadget by seeing delivery trucks and boxes as common signs.

Keep in mind that burglaries may take some planning, but the attack is usually quick. Routhier shared that most burglaries last between 90 seconds and 12 minutes. They often spot the most valuable items quickly, grab them and go. To be on the safe side, it’s suggested to keep your blinds and windows closed to keep thieves from easily spying and pinpointing items in your home.

What to do now

Burglars can be scary and unpredictable, but there are a few easy takeaways to improve your home’s security.

  • Start by getting a home security system. Most include entryway sensors, glass break sensors and motion detection to immediately alert you when someone is entering your home. You can also install cameras to keep an eye on your home using your smartphone.
  • Get renters or homeowners insurance and understand your policy. In the event that the unfortunate occurs, you’ll have insurance to cover damages and valuables. Make sure you understand what your policy does and does not cover, as well as deductibles.
  • Keep your yard tidy. Don’t give burglars easy hiding spots to pry while you’re home or away. Keep the yard neat and bushes low to get a clear view of what’s happening outside your home at all times. You can also add lighting to easily spot activity in dark areas outside.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Take time to introduce yourself and exchange numbers. It’s also a good idea to join a neighborhood watch if one’s available. If there’s anything suspicious you’ll all be able to keep an eye out for each other.
  • Be careful what you share. Whether you’re talking outside on the phone or posting on social media, be careful how much information you’re sharing with the outside world. Never share where you are, who you’re with or when you’ll be leaving for your vacation. And while you’re away, make sure your home looks lived in by having a trusted friend regularly stop by, adding smart lights and stopping mail delivery.



Home Security Writer

Dashia Starr

Dashia researches and writes on all things home automation and security. She focuses on the latest news, products, and providers to share only the best with you.

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