Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Previously Burglarized?

    Houses that have been broken into have a much higher risk of being burglarized again than those that have never had an incident. This is partly due to some of the factors that made them vulnerable in the first place are diffiicult to change, such as an isolated location or proximity to a park or other high risk factor.
    Previously burglarized homes are up to four times more likely to be targeted again compared with non-burglarized homes. And a subsequent break & enter is most likely to occur within six weeks of the initial crime.

    There are a number of reasons for this...

Ease of access to the house, thieves are on the look out for quick and easy opportunities.
Target hardening did not take place after the initial B & E, no steps were taken to prevent access.
The burglar returns for property left behind.
The burglar tells other burglars about this great prospect.
The burglar returns later assured that the items he stole have been replaced by the owner, usually through an insurance claim or simply the owner cannot do without the big screen TV or their computer.

    Another caution...

Homes near a burglarized house are at an increased risk too. If the previous target has been hardened, the
thief will pick another house nearby that they feel will contain similar property, assuming everyone wants
to 'keep up with the Jones'.

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