How To Know If Your House Is Being Cased By A Thief
November 28th, 2019
Every year there are around 938,000 home burglaries across the United States, many of these burglaries start with criminals “casing” a home. Casing is when a burglar watches the patterns of the homeowner to gather information. They will then use that information to decide which house to target and how to plan their breakin. So it is important for homeowners to understand the signs their home is being cased by a burglar. Here are the main ways to tell if someone is casing your home.
1. The Presence Of A Strange Vehicle
Burglars often lurk around neighborhoods and watch the patterns of homeowners on a block. They often do this by hanging out in their car for a couple of days at odd and irregular times. If you notice a strange vehicle appear suddenly in your neighborhood, keep an eye out. It’s a good idea to make a note of the make, model, and license plate number of the vehicle in case something happens. A lot of the times a strange vehicle belongs to a contractor or a crook, but it’s always better to be on the safe side.
2. A Stranger Needs To Enter Your Home
Criminals are surprisingly bold. Often times when they are casing a home, they will find an excuse to enter. What typically happens is they come to your home under false pretenses, like saying they are a salesperson or a technician with the cable company. They’ll ask to come in to use the bathroom, your phone, or to check something. This is just an excuse to come inside and case your home. A good rule of thumb is to never let a stranger in uninvited because they may be a criminal.
3. There Are Fliers On Your Door
Another trick criminals will use is to canvassing a neighborhood with commercial fliers. They use going door to door to post fliers as a cover for casing homes. Instead what they are doing is getting close to all the homes in the neighborhood so they can peek inside and see if there are any items worth stealing. They are also looking to see if there are vulnerable points of entry. The best way to combat this is to keep all of your valuable items out of view and always keep your home locked up.
What To Do If You Notice Someone Casing Your Home
There are a few steps you can take if you believe your home is being cased. First, talk to your neighbors. See if they too have noticed anything suspicious as well. Next, you can speak with local law enforcement. Tell them what you’ve seen and ask if there have been any break-ins in your neighborhood. Finally, get a home security system immediately. A home security system is your best defense to show criminals that you are onto them and that your home will not be a target.
At Reliant Systems, we can help you fortify your home. We can help you understand the threats in your neighborhood and design a system that will help protect you. Give us a call today for a free walkthrough to get started.