If you own a home or a business (or both), there’s always a non-zero chance you may be a victim of burglary at some point. How likely you are to become a victim depends on a number of factors—such as surrounding area crime rates, location of your property (isolated areas are more likely to be targeted in many cases), presence or lack of effective locks, and the presence or lack of formal and effective security systems.
Unfortunately, burglaries (without adequate evidence) have the lowest arrest and conviction rates of all serious crimes reported to the FBI. With that in mind, it makes sense to know what thieves are most likely after so you can act accordingly by implementing and improving your security to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.
First, we’ll look at the most commonly stolen items in home and retail burglaries; after, we’ll look at some ways you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of these crimes.
Most Commonly Stolen Items in Home Burglaries
Cash – Always at the top of every thief’s list, cash is king… easy to transport, no problems with spending the money (no work to convert the stolen goods to money).
Jewelry – Jewelry can often be extremely valuable on the black market, on online sites, and even through pawn shops. Small size and high value make this another prime target for burglars.
Electronics – TVs, Computers, Laptops, Tablets, Cameras, and more are all potentially valuable targets for criminals. TV’s are generally the most cumbersome items to steal in this category, but their high resell value can make it worth the effort to steal for quick payday.
Power Tools – Many power tools are relatively portable and can fetch hundreds of dollars (depending on tool type/brand/etc.) on the black market, making them a common target.
Clothing – Clothes are light, compact, can fetch solid prices (depending on brand), and are hard to track due to lack of serial numbers/etc.
Outdoor/Sports Gear – Bicycles, hiking & camping gear (backpacks, tents, etc.), golf equipment, basketball shoes, etc. are all in-demand items that are easy to steal and flip.
Firearms – There’s a huge market for guns; they sell for premium prices and are easy to transport, making them another ideal target for burglars.
Most Commonly Stolen Items in Retail Burglaries
Because businesses are so varied, different types of businesses are at risk for different types of items being stolen.
No matter what type of business you run, remember that burglars are generally looking for anything that’s valuable, portable, easy to find, and easy to sell.
Many of the top items stolen in retail burglaries are similar to top home burglary targets. For example, cash is always a big go-to for criminals.
Many businesses of all types (from retail to offices, to restaurants, etc.) utilize computers, laptops, and/or tablets in some form or fashion—and electronics are often a primary target for thieves.
Aside from common general-use business items, different types of businesses carry different goods; all of which are potentially valuable targets. Some examples include:
- Pharmacies – Popular medicines/drugs
- Home Improvement Stores – Power tools and small appliances/accessories
- Sporting/Outdoors Stores – Shoes and expensive outdoor gear, guns
- Liquor & Cigarettes at stores that carry them
As you can see, there are a wide variety of items that are appealing to burglars at just bout any type of business—the smaller and more valuable, the better.
So, if you have valuables at your home or business that a thief might be interested in stealing, what can you do to protect your property and possessions?
For both homes and businesses, many similar strategies can be implemented to help deter, detect, and defend against would-be bad actors.
Some examples include:
- Reinforcing Windows & Doors
- Using more light to minimize shadows around the property
- Burglar Alarms
Some homeowners and business owners may wish to add extra layers of protection with additional security options, such as CCTV video surveillance, perimeter monitoring systems, and/or access control systems.
The level of security that’s a good fit for you will be based on your needs and on the types and value of the assets you have on your property.
To ensure your home or business has adequate protection to reduce the risk of losing your (or your business’) valuable, commonly stolen items, it’s a good idea to consult with local security experts who can work with you to design and implement an integrated security system.
If you have a home and/or business in the East Texas area, contact 3D Security, Inc. today to discuss your current situation and goals by reaching out through our contact form or by calling 903-657-2217 . We’d love to hear from you!