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Do Burglars Typically Return to the Same Home?

on Oct 04, 2013

Home SecurityFor a lot of homeowners that have had their homes broken into and possessions stolen, once the initial shock wears off and things get back to normal, they feel kind of relieved that their time” is over. Unfortunately, that first time may not have been the last, especially if changes aren’t made to improve the security of the home. If there was a weak door or window, and you just replace it with an inexpensive version of the first one, you may be in line for a repeat performance.

A burglar wants to find an easy way to get into your home, he wants to be able to remove valuable items and he doesn’t want to get caught. He isn’t concerned with whether it seems logical to you that he has already been there. If you are going to give him a way to get in again, and he finds a time that seems safe, he will definitely come back. He already knows the layout of the house and knows where your things are. It might even be a situation where he noticed a lot of appealing items that he wasn’t able to take with him the first time. For that reason, a repeat visit would make total sense.

A burglar may also strike your home again within four to six weeks because he feels that anything of value he made off with the first time will have been replaced by your insurance. There are several reasons why a burglar may choose to return to a home for a second session, and it is up to you, the homeowner to prevent that from happening. There is an entire industry of stolen goods sales out there, so don’t let yours be part it, especially for a second time.

Identify the weakest point of your home and fix it. That will likely be the way he got in the first time, but not always. Check the doors to make sure they have all the necessary security features and have an experienced locksmith come out and go over the various entry points with you. Your home was an attractive target for a reason, and if you don’t make the right adjustments it will remain an attractive target for the same burglar and others. Learn from a bad experience, get into the burglar’s mind and make sure it doesn’t happen again.