I’m pretty sure that I am not alone in my disdain for thieves.
Yesterday, some dear friends of mine had their home burglarized by someone who the police say wasn’t an amateur. A professional thief, if you will. The thief came in while no one was home and took things that were easy to carry. Mostly small electronics and other valuables that were not bulky. They were told that this is a very common practice, and it seems to be happening more and more in all kinds of neighborhoods, in any price range, and in all zip codes. These theives strike during the day, at night, on weekends, during the week, it just doesn’t matter. The officer said it is their “job” to take what is not theirs. The thought of this kind of life makes me want to hurl.
This particular crime happened during broad daylight. Kids at school, dad at work, and mom happened to leave the home for about an hour. She works nights so thankfully she was not sleeping when the robbery occurred! When she came home, the robber(s) had gone through most of the home. Not knowing if the dirtbag(s) was still there, she went to a neighbor’s while the police were called. Police arrived quickly and entered the home to make sure no one was still inside. Without going into a ton of details, I’m sure you can imagine how upsetting this kind of a situation can be. Mad, violated, sad all rolled into one giant buzz kill just because someone thought it was ok to come into your home and take what does not belong to them. In looking around, I found some information and tips for helping all of us try to avoid this kind of a headache in the future.
According to an article I saw posted by Saks Insurance in Mesa: “Burglaries occur at American homes about every 15 seconds.” That’s a LOT more than I realized. It’s insane to me to think about how common this is.
The Burglary is a home invasion where no victim is a witness to the crime. In other words, you are not home or you do not realize that you are being burglarized, until after the crime is over. The home invasion robbery is the more scary of the two, because you are directly involved in the crime as an assault victim, not just your property.
To avoid a burglary or a robbery, I found some very common-sense ideas and some ideas that you might not think of every day. The list below is not in order of importance, it is just a random list of things to think about while keeping yourself, your home and your family safe.
10 Common Sense Ways To Prevent Home Invasions
- Lock all of your doors and windows
- Buy a big dog or two.
- Have a form of protection for yourself. ( baseball bat, gun, pepper-spray )
- Purchase an alarm system for your home.
- Don’t leave a key under the mat or above the door.
- Leave some interior lights on at night. A well lit exterior or motion detectors are good, too.
- Join your neighborhood block watch. Nosey neighbors can be good!
- Stop your newspaper and or mail if going out of town.
- Check to see if your city has a vacation watch program.
- Don’t give alarm codes or “extra” keys to a bunch of other people.
My most recent experience with a thief was on Christmas morning this past year. Some jerk stole my bicycle from our garage. Yes, it was because some bonehead forgot to close the door when we got home from Mimi’s house with an armful of presents, but, still… I was mad, I felt violated and wanted bad things to happen to the thief.
I sincerely hope a burglary or a robbery never happens to you. Take a look at the ideas above and click the links in the article to be taken to a few pages with more information.
Stay safe, my friends.
( photo credit: Flickr user Brandon Anderson )