Distraction burglary can be challenging to prevent, the reason being that the burglaries are committed by people who appear to be polite and convincing. Their deception is not easy to see through as a result the victim doesn’t realise that he/she is letting a burglar inside their home.
In most cases, distraction burglars target the elderly, and those who live alone. They come disguised as policemen, municipal inspectors, utility workers, and of course hapless victims.
The following is a report on how a distraction burglar tricked a 90-year-old claiming that he had hit a cat, which was now hiding in the man’s garden. The burglar asked the man to find the cat in the garden, which he did. But when he returned to his house he found that his wallet was missing.
Below, we discuss some useful tips to prevent distraction burglary:
- Are you expecting anybody?
If you live alone, then you must stay alert to strangers showing up uninvited at your front door. Legitimate professionals or government officials will notify you prior to visiting your home and will always display forms of id.
Fit a door chain to your front door so that you can talk to visitors without letting them in. Remember distraction burglars target people who are polite; they take advantage of their kind nature. Don’t let them do that; stay alert to strangers – even those religious callers and charity collectors, you must always stay vigilant.
- Check their identity
If an uninvited visitor claims to be an official, make sure that you check their ID. Legitimate officials not only don’t mind showing their ID, they will positively encourage you to inspect it. If you have doubts about the ID, then call their employer or of course the local police immediately.
Remember – Don’t call on the number mentioned within the ID as it could be fake.
- Don’t talk to unknown visitors for a long time
If an unknown visitor shows up at your front door and engages with you in a long conversation, chances of it being a trick to distract you while another burglar gets inside through the back door or windows are higher.
Protect your home from all types of burglaries
You can take many steps to protect your home from burglary. To find out more then download our free e-book “How to protect your PROPERTY? The ultimate guide” here. You may already know many of the discussion items however, having them pulled to the front of your mind makes you once again think of the items that will keep you safe.
Distraction burglars can be ambitious and can grow bold once they are inside your home. They can even go to the extent of physically hurting you if you suspect them. Stay safe and stay alert.
29 November 2017
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