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Home Security - Types of Burglars

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster” - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

To most people a burglar is simply defined as someone who illegally enters buildings and steals things. However, some security experts claim that the characteristics of burglars aren’t quite as straightforward suggesting that burglars are bracketed into four basic types depending on their experience, methods used and the opportunity being presented. To provide maximum protection to your home and your family it helps to investigate a little deeper and develop an understanding of the different types of burglar and their associated strategies.


The Opportunist


The opportunist burglar searches for targets that are quick and easy to break into. They seek a burglary that is quick and easy such as an unlocked house or a garage left open - swiftly preying on someone else’s forgetfulness. Whether it’s a homeowner who has left their door unlocked or someone who has left a window open, the opportunist burglar is quick to take advantage. Always unpredictable, the opportunist burglar is a common thief who will typically steal anything that can be exchanged for money – usually items they can quickly grab.


The Smasher


Whilst still an opportunist burglar, the smasher can be described as being more desperate and disorganised. These burglars know their targets and wait for an opportunity to arise. The smasher is not afraid to kick in your door or break a window to gain entry, conducting burglaries in a disorganised and somewhat haphazard manner often grabbing anything that looks expensive. Leaving a wake of destruction behind them, the term ‘smash and grab’ is fitting for this type of burglar.


The Prowler


Prowlers are more organised burglars who will plan before carrying outa burglary, investing time to study homes and their victims long before they attack. They will patiently monitor your habits and routines to determine the times when the property is unoccupied.  It’s likely that the prowler is a former opportunist burglar who is prepared to plan a burglary to gain more valuable loot and minimise the risk of getting caught.  


 The Professional


Arguably the most dangerous type, the professional burglar is typically part of an organised crime group who will target high profile properties in affluent areas such as Mayfair, Knightsbridge or Kensington.  Having taken the time to study their target, the professional burglar will know exactly what they’re looking for. They’ll have the equipment to success fully carry out the burglary and may even possess the knowledge to disable or disarm security systems. The professional is an experienced criminal who is more likely to use violence if disrupted or disturbed.


Final Word


Being aware of the types of burglars and the methods they use will equip you with the knowledge to put suitable preventative measures in place.  The most effective way to prevent any burglars from targeting your home or business is to invest in high quality security. This may mean expanding your security budget and spending more but it will be a sound investment that will protect your property and your family thus giving you peace of mind.

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