Home break ins per year are on the rise. There are certain items the criminal is looking for. A burglar looks for items which are small, valuable and easy to remove. Some of the tops items a burglar wants from your home are:
JEWELRY: It is very easy and lucrative for a thief to pawn or meltdown your jewelry to make quick cash. If you have any high value jewelry it is best to keep it in a safety deposit box at your local bank or in a bolted security box in your home.
CASH: Cash is a burglars’ favorite find. It is small, untraceable and has instant value. It is best to store your cash at your bank.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Whether the burglar is an addict or not, prescription drugs have value. Therefore, there is a huge market for these types of medicines and he/she can make a huge profit from selling them.
FIREARMS: Guns and weapons are one of the easiest things for a criminal to sell “on the streets” because they are always in high demand. Guns should always be stored in a gun safe to stop them from being stolen or used against you in a home invasion.
ELECTRONICS: Smart phones, tablets, laptops, video game consoles, IPods®. Even though these items aren’t the least conspicuous thing to carry out of your home; they are one of the easiest to sell. A burglar will target these items because of their cash value. It is a good idea to have your family put them in a safe space after each use.
It is also important to remember the information you store on many of these items is personal and can aide a criminal to steal your identity. Identity thieves have risen over the years, mostly due to the sensitive information we store online. Therefore, it is a good practice to store sensitive information on an external hard drive and to make sure it is stored in a secure location.
The best deterrent against the rise in home break ins per year is having a professionally installed security system. For more information on protecting your home, call Northeast Security Systems at (201) 529-0100.