The Importance of Locking Your Doors

burglar-300x209The photo to the right pictures a nearly extinct type of burglar. Today’s burglars work very differently.

If anyone should dare to call you paranoid for keeping your doors locked and secured 24 hours a day, then have them reference the link listed below. Uncensored Survival Secrets will help open your eyes and who show you how criminals choose their targets.

In any given situation we talk about the necessary self-defense steps needed to ensure that you do not appear to be the “easy target”.

It’s the basic concept of looking alert, capable and more intimidating than those surrounding you. Let’s face it most muggers are cowards. They choose weak targets who are incapable of resisting and fighting back. This concept also applies to your home and your vehicle.

There is no need to attract unneeded attention to your home by displaying signage or security cameras, just keep your doors locked and the lights on.

Just like your home, your car does not require some overprice security system. When leaving your vehicle just keep all valuables out of sight and lock the doors. Why? By locking the doors you are immediately decreasing the chances of getting burglarized. Just taking this simple precaution and locking your doors while you are showering, working in the garage, gardening, or in the backyard, means that your home will most likely be passed over by intruders.

I’ll explain why this is fairly effective. Burglars’ typical way of operating works like this. They walk by and check all doors to see if they’re locked or not. If the door is unlocked, they easily slip instead and grab the valuables they can find. They are opportunists.

Most robberies last only for a few minutes. They are in and out. These are not elaborate, detailed heists like the ones you see in the movies. These crimes are seen as opportunities and you created the opportunity by leaving your door unlocked.

This is what police officer, Greg Ellifritz, has to say:

“I’ve kept track of reports of the thefts from cars in the city where I work  (an upper-class suburb with around 35,000 residents) for the last 30 days.  While I earlier referred to them as “car break-ins” that is truly a mischaracterization.”

Here’s how the numbers work out:

Number of vehicles entered- 24
Unlocked vehicles- 20
Locked vehicles- 3
Unknown or unreported status- 1

“More than 83% of the vehicles with items stolen were unlocked!  In only three cases did thieves actually break a window to steal something.  In each of those cases, the item(s) stolen were expensive and clearly within view from the outside of the vehicle.  You can safely assume that if there is nothing visible to steal in your car, thieves won’t break windows just to check.  On the other hand, if you leave your doors unlocked, thieves will open the door and see what they can find.  As the title of the article says: Lock your damn doors!  If you don’t want your crap stolen, keep your doors locked and valuables out of sight.”

That’s about the best explanation you can get, straight from a veteran officer who sees this on a daily basis. Home burglaries work almost exactly the same way:

“We had at least four burglaries last month where thieves entered through an unlocked door.  The standard M.O. for these burglars is to find a house that appears unoccupied.  They’ll knock on the door and if no one answers, they will walk around the house looking for an unlocked entrance.  If they find a door unlocked, they go inside. The thieves go straight to the master bedroom and steal jewelry and all the small electronics they can gather on the way.  They are in and out of the house in only a few minutes.”

 

 

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