House Break-Ins: What Burglars Don’t Want You to Know
Your house could be next
The primary motive behind theft is economic gain. Majority of what is stolen is spent on cars, clothes, drugs, and alcohol while a minimal amount is spent on basic needs.
Victims are targeted because of their wealth, and residential robbery is often chosen because it brings in fast money with lower chances of being caught.
Many robbers tend to take time to collect inside information on their targets. They would prefer targets in neighbourhoods that had many entrances and exit points with easy access to main roads.
A lot of time is spent doing surveillance before the attack; this could be as little as 30 minutes. 57% of residential robberies occur between 19:00 and 00:00, 14% between 03:00 and 07:00 and 7% between 10:00 and 12:00
The most common way to access a property is to break in by forcing locks on gates or doors, breaking windows or disabling electric fences and climbing over the walls. An exception to this is attacking houses where there were social functions as they could simply walk through gates or doors that were left open – they would try and identify the number of people in the house, beforehand.
Any amount of time between 30 minutes and four hours is spent inside a house.
- Have several small dogs inside the house that will bark when they become aware of suspicious activity outside – teach them not to take food from strangers as perpetrators will not hesitate to poison them.
- Install razor wire or electric security fences around the entire perimeter of the house, pre-warning alarm systems such as sensors in the garden, along the outside walls, on the roof and in the ceiling.
- Subscribe to an armed response service.
- Install security lights outside, especially sensor lights in front of the bedroom, install CCTV systems and an intercom system.
- Have layers of security as opposed to a single security system – install strong doors, security gates with good quality locks and door alarms that are activated when residents are at home.
- Panic buttons should be placed where residents are most likely to need them.
- Always check for signs of forced entry when entering or leaving your home.
- Keep a copy of the ID book of any employees who have access to or work at the house including names and contact details of their relatives.
Most importantly, install the iER App on every smartphone in your household.
How do I send out an alert?
Firstly, please make sure that your phone’s GPS is enabled.
Open the application on your phone and press the ‘iER Logo’. This will display a wheel of options for you to select the relevant emergency and also the ability to add a message with additional details.
Once you have selected an option, a notification is sent to the call centre with your exact location. They will contact you to ascertain the nature of the emergency and then dispatch the necessary service providers.
Alternatively, you can call into the iER call centre on 0861 10 60 80 where an agent will assist you by dispatching the necessary service provider.