Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A New Year...

Is about to begin! Actually a new decade as well!

Looking back over the last 10 years,  here are the top changes that we've seen concerning break ins...

Thieves will break glass - they rarely used to or did it as a very last resort to get in. Now they don't seem to care as much about the noise factor of glass plate breakage, they are in and out so very fast.

They will come back - They used to just move on to another victim, but we've noticed a trend in the last few years that once they have successfully accessed a property they will come back. If the owner hasn't taken steps to upgrade their security then it's easy for them to get in again and hey -  now they know the layout. Wait a few weeks for the insurance claim to go through and then check to see if the stolen items were replaced, another flatscreen or computer just waiting for them. Quicker and easier than scoping out a new victim.

Thieves will use vehicles to break in - We hardly ever and I mean almost never, used to see this until about five years ago. And now it is quite common. Stealing a truck or car and smashing through storefronts is unfortunately effective, the adrenaline rush or drugs lets them walk away unhurt most of the time.

Thieves are not worried about alarms anymore - a sign on a window showing a monitored alarm will not stop them from trying to get in. This is a big change from the beginning of the decade. Now they know - no one will be there quickly. The police just cannot respond to them all - unless it is a 911.
'Monitored alarms' are a big contentious topic that we will write more about later.

Thieves really will steal anything - wedding dresses, pets, hair products, meat, liquor, anything from anywhere. Nothing surprises us anymore.
But what's as big a shame is the amount of people who buy the stolen mercandise. Who would buy meat from someone in a parking lot, wouldn't you worry that the meat was spoiled and then re-frozen? What bride would start a new life in a stolen gown? If it's a really really good deal, it really really is not!  More about this later.

But we've learned alot over the last decade too, and we have solutions to all of these problems!
And one of our New Years Resolutions is to get even better at staying ahead of these guys!


Karen and John

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