Inside the Mind of a Burglar
When the term “ride-along” is used, the first thought that comes to mind is a civilian observing a police officer’s workday while sitting in the patrol car’s passenger seat.
However, I recently had the opportunity to speak with a local officer from the San Angelo Police Department about a unique ride-along that had an unexpected twist.
Instead of a typical civilian spending the day with an officer, a locally-convicted burglar rode along in the patrol car. This unlikely pair drove through neighborhoods and discussed what makes a home a potential target for burglaries!
As they drove up and down our local streets, the burglar would point out homes with large picture windows to the police officer. He explained that while knocking on the front door, he was scoping out the homeowner’s electronics through the window and determining whether the home was a profitable victim. Working class homes with two cars parked outside the garage made a perfect target during the workday. He knew if both cars were gone, so were the homeowners. When he knocked, no one would answer the door or question him as he stood on the porch.
When the burglar was asked how he entered the homes, he explained that many homes don’t even lock the back door! Even if the door was locked, a doggie door is always a great option.
What will deter burglars from breaking and entering? The burglar pointed out the houses had a security company sign out front. If a home had a security system, he would just skip on to the next house. It wasn’t worth the risk.
This exclusive view into the mind and motive of a burglar just reaffirms the benefits of having a security system and maintaining good signage. It may just avoid an uninvited guest from helping themselves to your valuables.
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