As a security company we can tell you the best ways to avoid being burgled, the police publish advice and even insurance companies issue their own tips but who better to give you a real insight than a burglar?
Leon Reid was a serial burglar, committing over 70 break-ins in London before he was convicted back in 2011. When he was finally arrested he gave the police his own list of the signs he looks for that would make him avoid a property. If the best way to avoid being a victim of crime is to think like a criminal then these tips, straight from the horse’s mouth, really are the ones to take note of.
Any indication of the following things would stop Mr Reid from targeting that house:
- Gravel drives or paths
The noise made by gravel underfoot makes it difficult to approach inconspicuously
- Motion sensor lights or just generally being well lit
Because they would draw attention to him approaching the house
- Burglar alarm
He would avoid a house with any sign of an alarm, even if he suspected it was a false bell box
- CCTV cameras
He wouldn’t take the chance on a house with cameras
If there were signs of a dog or even just a Beware of the Dog sign
Most of the above measures are actually pretty simple to have in place and a combination of the above would be particularly effective. Don’t forget the obvious things as well like keeping windows shut and doors locked. Apparently, this particular burglar never forced entry into any of the 70 properties he robbed – he simply gained access via windows and doors that were unsecured which is a very telling sign of how complacent many of us are to theft.
Don’t wait until you are a victim to act.