How do you think burglars operate? It is not as if they pass a house and decide, “Let’s rob this one today.” That’s not how it happens. They take days to plan their next move, they spend hours to develop that plan, and finally, they execute their operation like a surgeon cutting open a body with their scalpel.
According to reports, 87% of the burglaries are preventable. But you need to think like a burglar first to understand their plan of action. So, what are the signs that indicate if a burglar or a team of burglars is targeting your house? Let’s find out.
1. There are irritating flyers at your door all the time
One of the best ways to understand if your house is guarded or not is by leaving commercial flyers at the doorstep. This should be dealt with immediately because the burglars will keep an eye on whether you are collecting the flyers or not.
The number of flyers keeps increasing after the first attempt or two when the burglars want to fully confirm that there is no one in the house.
2. The toilet excuse
Another popular trick to get into the house and take away your belongings can be when an unknown passerby wants to use your toilet.
If you know that the person is not from your neighborhood, make sure you refuse them politely or direct them to the nearby public toilet. The burglar can also target your house in the morning when everyone is out for a morning walk or go for jogging.
They might want to have a glass of water or find some excuse to go to the toilet and take a sweep at some of the valuables in your house. The best way to avoid these requests is by saying that the toilet is currently occupied or the flush is not working.
3. Strangers walking or unknown vehicles around the house
It is said that people don’t recognize the danger when it very close to them. You may trust your neighborhood blindly and that blindness can be the reason for your house being targeted by the burglars.
Do you often see strangers walking up and down the alley? You have not seen them in the neighborhood and even though they are well-dressed, you are not too sure why they are roaming around without any reason? This can be a clear indication of burglars marking your house.
Apart from strangers walking near your house, you should also keep an eye if there are unknown vehicles parked in the neighborhood. If you are not sure about the car, ask your neighbors if they know whose car it is.
Burglars tend to park their cars and go away for some time when you are in the house. They begin their observation when you are either inside busy with some work or not on the streets.
4. Help requests from strangers
The problem with modern burglars is that they appear just like any other guy on the road. It can be the person sitting next to you on the tube and you won’t even know what their intention is. Gone are the days when burglars were identified with their shabby clothes and dirty appearance.
So, when someone comes knocking on the door crying for help like if you have seen their dog or there is an injury nearby and they need your help, don’t entertain them. These unusual requests will continue before a big burglary or you can be tricked the very first day and the burglars will sweep your house clean.
Now that you have got several ideas of how burglars work, make sure you keep these signs in mind to prevent any burglary in your house. Share this information with others and keep the neighborhood safe.