Over the past few months, about half a dozen break-ins have been reported to our office alone. Crow Point in Hingham was affected just last week. There is a trend; that much cannot be denied.
What are they looking for?
Most of the robberies have consisted of easily snatched items. TV’s, laptops, iPods, and any other small, expensive electronic device are the top choices on the robber’s wish list.
How do they get in?
The basic technique of robbers is to simply knock on the door. If someone answers, they ask if so-and-so is there, then apologize for coming to the wrong house. If this happens to you, copy down the plate number and call the police immediately. If nobody answers, they go around back and check all the doors, bulkheads, and windows, if not easily visible to the neighbors.
Lock your house up. Seriously, lock every door, window, and other entrance to your home. Without basic locks, there is very little stopping burglars from entering. Don’t assume Fido alone will deter robbers. If your dog is a regular barker, neighbors may not take notice. Many houses are equip with an alarm system. Don’t hesitate to use it. If you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood, let the police and your fellow neighbors know. Check out our blog about car alarms in case of a break-in.
Catching the Criminal
Trail cameras are a great way to record activity in your yard (see all the animals that trot through), and can record any visitor, even the unwelcome ones. Based on the reviews we've looked at and my own experience with a Moultrie trail camera, I'd recommend the more expensive model for the best overall experience. When my Moultrie fails, I'll get this Bushnell: