They say the same boat doesn’t sink twice. The thought would’ve been nice if it’d been true for burglaries.
One out of every ten homes in Ireland has witnessed burglary. Even though the burglary rate has been declining for a few years, you should know burglary is not only an inconvenience, it’s also a traumatising event.
Being burgled doesn’t only harm you financially. It also hurts you emotionally and mentally – the fear that someone has watchful eyes on your possessions. It becomes even worse when burglars target the same home again; reinforcing the feeling that you don’t have control over the safety of your home.
Let’s dive deeper: do burglars really come back? And if they do, what can you do to stop them?
The short answer is yes. Burglars can come back to the same home again. For whatever reason, if they have failed the first time, they’d want to try to execute the burglary again. Or, they found it easy the first time and want to replicate their success.
Burglars are optimistic and overly confident in themselves. They think if they have been successful in breaking in once, they can do the same again. After all, they’ve seen your home’s ins and outs and know your floor plan now – it’s easier than getting familiar with another target.
Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems, but they know you don’t have a robust one. So, the chances of coming back increase if they can tell your security efforts aren’t the best. Once they have identified vulnerabilities in your home, they won’t miss another opportunity to take advantage — they “know” they will successfully steal your possessions and sell them for easy cash.
But you’re not totally at the whims of burglars, with nothing to do about it. You can stop them (more on this below).
Why would they target the same home again? There’s no standardised answer for this. But here’s the thing: burglars are ruthless people. They know what they’re getting into, otherwise, if they’re easily scared, they’re likely not going to steal in the first place.
Here’s why a seasoned burglar would strike again:
Often, burglars leave a sign on your home stating that you’re a target. They could do so so that they can easily find you at the right time and avoid chances of mistakes. You might ignore such signs, but you must be cautious if you notice them.
Some signs that say you’re a burglar target are:
If you want to be free from the severe threat of burglary, you must act to secure your home. Leave the idea that you’re safe and you won’t be targeted. Security is a necessity, not an option.
Here are some steps you can take to make your home burglar-free:
While we’ve demonstrated that it is a genuine risk to have your home broken into again, there are measures you can take to ensure the security of your home and deter second-attempt burglars.
One of the best ways to do so is to invest in a robust home security system fitted with cameras, lighting, and other detection devices that intimidate thieves and notify you as soon as possible.