Living in Pittsburgh, it’s important to understand the nature of different burglar types and how to spot them. One of the first steps in securing any Pittsburgh home or business is knowing how to get inside a thief’s head and predict their methods for breaking and entering. Here are a few examples of the three most common types of burglars, including their methods of home invasion and how to best protect against them:
The Common Delinquent Thief
Delinquent thieves are by far the most common type of home invasion criminal. They are typically younger individuals who have struggled with substance abuse or similar issues. These types of criminals have a pattern of violence and recklessness since they don’t have much to lose. Their main targets are easily targets doors and windows. Luckily, they are usually unskilled at breaking and entering and they often leave traces of their criminal activity. This makes it easier for police to catch the criminals and hopefully recover some stolen goods.
The best way to deter these types of criminals is to ensure that your doors and windows are locked at all times. Likewise, a home security system can go a long way in protecting your home. These types of criminals scare easily when an alarm goes off.
The planner is a criminal that has a few years of experience in stealing. Unlike the common delinquent thief, the planner will study out their targets before actively engaging in breaking and entering. They take the time to plan their crimes, determining whether or not the value of the stolen goods outweighs the risk of getting caught. This means that they will target items that they know will sell well on the black market. For example, a phone may be of high value but a seasoned criminal knows that the phone will likely not fetch a good price on the black market because it can be remotely disabled.
The planner is one of the hardest criminals to deter. Since they take the time to plan out their attacks, they likely know whether or not someone has a home security system. The best thing to do in this case is make sure your system has all of the modern security features designed to deter all types of criminals.
The Master Thief
One of the most effective types of criminals is the Master Thief. This style of criminal is particularly effective because they have had several years, if not decades, of experience and practice. When they chose a victim it’s because they know that the individual has plenty of valuables to be stolen. This thief will be skilled in both picking locks and knowing how to disable alarm systems.
It’s almost impossible to absolutely prevent this type of thief from breaking into your house or business. However, it is certainly possible to be prepared and to know what to do if the break-in happens to you. Because they can disable even modern alarm systems, it’s important to at least be notified with a burglary is taking place. Alarm systems that have cellular capabilities are a great solution because the system can alert you when it is disabled, giving you time to investigate the house and call the authorities.
Knowing the different kinds of burglars can help Pittsburgh residents protect their home, family, and possession. An advanced alarm system can help by preventing and deterring each of the different types of criminals, but by first knowing their methods of breaking and entering you have an additional advantage over those who never did their homework.