Be on the Lookout for these Distraction Burglars

This may not necessarily apply to New Jersey alarm systems, but it is certainly applicable to your home security and personal safety. As the weather gets colder and we near the holiday season, distraction burglaries are going to start rising again. Criminals know that the holidays are the time to prey on the generous natures of others, and they know that people are incredibly distractible while shopping, getting their homes decorated and conducting other holiday season activities. In fact, it’s safe to say that the distraction burglary season starts as early as Halloween.

Here are some things to look out for from October through January:

  • Older trick-or-treaters who peek in your house, or distract you by talking too long
  • Someone claiming their car is broken down, but parked “around the corner” or somewhere else where you can’t see it
  • People offering to do odd jobs that you have never seen in the neighborhood before
  • In public, someone who asks you lots of questions or tells a long-winded story
  • Someone who asks an unusual favor in public, like accompanying them somewhere

These are people who may be trying to distract you and pull you away from your belongings long enough to steal from you. If you are at home, they want to gain access to your house and everything in it; if you are in public, they want you to break away from your vehicle or shopping bags so they can grab what they want and go. They often work in groups, so it is common for one person to distract while the other one steals. These are things you need to be on the lookout for.

Of course, the goal here is not to become an untrusting person – just an aware one. You may not like the idea of being skeptical, but everyone can get on board with being smart. In this day and age, that’s just a necessary personal security strategy we want all our New Jersey alarm systems customers to embrace.

What Do Burglars Want, Anyway?

New Jersey alarm system customers: Do you know what burglars really want in your home? If not, it’s time to find out. We did some research, and we found that combined data from the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI reveal that the top items burglars want to steal include:

  • Electronics, including tablets, video game consoles, iPods and smartphones
  • Jewelry, which can be pawned for quick cash or melted down if it contains gold
  • Firearms, which may be sold or traded unless the criminal wants to keep them
  • Laptops, which can be sold quickly on Craigslist or at outdoor swap meets
  • Medications, which addicted burglars may use unless they can sell them

And then, there’s cash. If a burglar can get his hands on any cash you have in the home, that eliminates the need to steal items for selling on the black market in the first place. If you have a large cash reserve in your home, you may consider putting it in the bank instead. That really is the safest place for it to be.

All things considered, everyone has things in their home that burglars want to steal. You can store your valuable property in a safe, which is especially effective if it is fireproof and secured to your floor. However, an even more effective way to keep burglars from stealing your property is to keep your security system armed when you leave the house.

You may be surprised how many security system owners still become victims of burglary, simply because they forgot to arm their system before leaving home. If you are our New Jersey alarm system customer, please don’t let this happen to you! Arm your system every time you leave the house, so you can be certain an intruder will not be successful at breaking in.