When a burglar goes out to case the joint, what does he see? Does he make note of the names on the mailboxes, or signs someone has settled in? What makes him decide to smash that window — or turn around and slink away? At SimpliSafe Home Security, we're always looking to find out how burglars think, and recent studies by the U.S. Department of Justice and its affiliates have shed some light on what criminals look for in their victims. Check out this list and find out if your home is burglar bait, and what you can do about it.
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01-24-2013, 11:09 AM #1Junior Member
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3 Types Of Burglar Bait: Are You One?
01-24-2013, 06:17 PM #2Senior Member
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Isn't "renters" and "repeat hits" just a function of low class criminal neighborhoods?
For "hi turn-over" make sure the lock is re-keyed.
Many low end door lock sets seem to come with only 3 or 4 diff keyings, so chances are pretty good one will work with another.
I'd consider investing in your own 1/2 assed decent front door lock, and give the LL a key(as required) and then swap back when you leave.
At least that way you know their wont be boy and girl friends,etc from 4 yrs and 16 tenants ago waltzing into your home.
I'll never forget the time me a roomie were watching the 1987 Superbowl in his ratty apt, and someone unlocks the front door(so bad a 'hood we kept it locked...lol) and walks this gorgeous chick who used to know someone who used to live there.
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01-25-2013, 12:21 AM #3Senior Member
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- Washington State
Not just low rent neighborhoods - my mother's neighborhood has an unusually high burglary rate for a so called "middle class" area? Why? Because it is a burglar's dream - everybody has high trees and shrubs for privacy (and perfect cover to work on that door or window in the back). The neighbors generally keep to themselves, so nobody knows each other. The Sheriff is overworked and understaffed. Just about every call is an hour response time unless its "fire, flood or blood." I told her one time I was going mount a searchlight and a machine gun on the roof, HOA rules be damned...