When we were renting an apartment, we were a victim of home theft. I discovered the burglary this way — I woke up around 2 am, disturbed by unfamiliar noises, and I was shocked to see a man in our anteroom wearing a camouflage paint on his face; just like in the movies.

I was still groggy from sleep, so all I could utter was a weak, “Hey, what are you doing here?” With heavy steps, I stood up, and ran towards the man. Startled, he attempted to run immediately, but I was quick to catch with him. He was shocked to find someone stopping him to steal our things. So, there we were, face to face for seconds, then he went for the stairs. It’s good, we lost only a few not so valuable things.

Why were we a victim of home theft? First, me and my wife were busy workers. Most of the time we were out. Second, our front door, the back door, and our windows were not secured properly. Third, we didn’t install a security system. Let’s learn from the above personal experience.

Here are facts you need to know regarding home theft.

  • 34% of all burglaries happen with the front door as entry point.
  • 4 out of 5 burglars use Twitter, facebook or foursquare where to select targets. Don’t announce your vacations or trips on social media because burglars check social media for these updates. They will plan to enter your home when you’ll be away on a vacation.
  • Most break-ins occur during 10am and 3 pm and happens in less than 60 seconds.

This infographic by Nationwide give you more information on how not to be a victim of home theft.

 

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