The profile of burglars or how to protect your home from theft

The profile of burglars or how to protect your home from theft
The profile of burglars or how to protect your home from theft

With the arrival of summer, the Ministry of the Interior notes an increase in the number of home burglaries, as not only homes with open windows on the lower or attic floors, but also the higher floors are subject to break-ins. In the last quarter of last year, two major thefts took place in the Blagoevgrad district alone, with a total value of over 1 million leva, both on high floors. Which shows that when professional criminals have information on large sums of money, floors and what’s easy no longer matter. The target is marked.

According to criminologists, there are three types of apartment burglars:

The first ones are uneducated with up to high school education, without work experience, with hardened criminal self-awareness and, in not rare cases, addicted to drugs or gambling. They usually target the lower floors and look for seamless entry through unlocked doors and windows. Summer gives them that opportunity, because of the warm weather and open windows and terraces, and winter they just go through the wee hours of the night and try the locks to find an unlocked door and take whatever valuables are left near the door.

The second category are of a similar status and criminal bent, but have adopted burglary as their profession, investing time in learning to break or pick certain types of locks. They do preliminary inspections until they find a pattern they can handle and begin stalking the victim until he leaves and leaves the residence deserted.

The third type are highly specialized, they can open different types of locks and cartridges, silence the SOT, open safes and cash registers. They are professionals and act on information provided or identify and investigate the victim themselves. They usually work in groups, provide surveillance, provide exits and ways to act and get out if something goes wrong.

Identifying the victim it happens in many ways. In many cases, the informant is a neighbor, friend, acquaintance, or even relative of the victim who knows the thieves and is familiar with the financial situation of the target. Sometimes the victims themselves become such, demonstrating well-being on the street and on social networks, bragging about their purchases, taking pictures with large sums of money or gold. This immediately drew attention to them and they began to be developed by various groups.

Another thing that can give away what we own are the boxes of our purchases. A box of 80″ 4K Samsung TV left outside the door or in the yard clearly shows thieves that there is something to take. Sometimes you may even attract attention when you shop at your local hypermarket, as they see you buy some of the most expensive liquor, black caviar, or other luxury goods to show that you’re not living off minimum wage.

Nothing shows thieves the presence of funds like a car parked in front of your home. In Bulgaria, owning a luxury car and living in a block of flats and not having the money to drive or maintain it is not a rare phenomenon. Sometimes you may be spotted at a luxury service or at an expensive car wash. Therefore, in addition to the thieves knowing the approximate value of the car, they can verify the availability of money through other means. Here, trusting and talkative neighbors, social networks come to their aid. In not rare cases, accomplices are used who, on one occasion or another, enter the victim’s home and look around, or else meet the person and start being friendly with him, as if they have known each other for a long time, but he/she does not remember. They can even go out for coffee together and talk about how their lives have turned out since high school. When it comes to a lot of money, criminals are extremely resourceful.

Here are the tips given by the experts of the Ministry of Interior to protect yourself:

  1. Call a professional locksmith to advise you on the level of protection of your door and lock. Use locks of great complexity, anti-burglary lock cartridges, metal doors and safes. Putting a metal door on a moving cash register is pointless.
  2. Criminals look for locks that can be opened easily and quickly. Any locksmith in Sofia could fit you with a lock with a higher level of security, which, if not completely impenetrable, would at least take a long time, cause a lot of noise, or require special and expensive tools that not every thief has. Unfortunately, this could make it more difficult for an emergency locksmith and cost you more to open, but it’s better than the cost of the damage if you get robbed.
  3. If keys go missing from home or you forgot them on the outside of the door and they are missing, regardless of the hour, call a 24-hour locksmith. Don’t wait until morning. It is very likely that you will be chosen that very night. It can get worse if you sense the thieves and try to resist. It’s not worth the risk.
  4. Secure the windows with either bars, burglar bars or alarm sensors. Turn on the alarm at night, even when you’re at home. Aluminum and PVC window frames may look secure and stable, but in fact they are very easy to open with simple tools, such as a screwdriver.
  5. If possible, have two doors. The first cheap and easy to open to which SOT is connected. The second, hidden behind the first – a sturdy metal door with more than one nice locking mechanism. When they open the first door, the thieves will be surprised by the second, and the SOT will have already been activated. Even if they tried to finish what they started, unlocking locks two and three would take them as long as the guards would arrive.
  6. Do not demonstrate financial well-being, purchases, photos of your home, photos of money and gold on social networks and especially on Facebook. Sometimes your friends or acquaintances will envy you and turn you in to the gangs for a percentage of what was stolen.
  7. Don’t let anyone you don’t expect into your home under any circumstances. “Collectors”, “downstairs handymen” to look at something, “employees” from the ISP or cable TV, even “cops”. Have them authenticate themselves and confirm their version by calling the office that sent them.
  8. Be careful with random “acquaintances” you don’t remember. Be careful what you share with them, and especially don’t reveal your vacation plans, whether you live alone, what you’re doing now, etc.
  9. Don’t post pictures of your vacation while you’re still there. This makes it clear to those who have tagged you that it is safe to do so. You better come back and only then share with your friends what you experienced.
  10. If you’re only gone for one night, leave the lights on. Nothing shows that there is no one in a home better than a lamp that has not been extinguished for four days. If you’re gone for a longer period of time, use a device that turns the lights or TV on and off at set intervals. Or give a key to a trusted relative or neighbor to water the flowers and turn the lights on and off from time to time.

Protecting the home from theft there are many components, but the most important are two: 1) physical security: get a professional locksmith to advise you on making it as difficult as possible for thieves and 2) information security: don’t help would-be thieves get their hands on the information necessary. If you must, to dissuade them, spread false information among your friends and neighbors. Say things aren’t going well, that you’ve sold your gold to cover expenses, that your expensive equipment is irretrievably damaged, that you won’t be going to sea this year, etc.

The article is in bulgaria

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