Thursday, November 15, 2012

Why Black Friday is the Perfect Time for a Home Burglary

So you can't wait to go over the river and through the woods to get to Grandma's house to eat that turkey dinner with all the trimmings and the burglars can't wait to make you the holiday turkey.  So you may ask why is Black Friday, (the day after the Thanksgiving holiday) such a great day for home burglary?  Black  Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  Many retailers are smart enough to cut prices with a few leading items that have high market appeal to get you to stand in line for hours for a 3:00am store opening.  The fact that you are in line at the mall, and not at home provides opportunity and which is what criminals are looking for.

  • Burglars have an 87% of getting away with breaking into your home because only 13% of burglaries are cleared by police nationwide.  Talk about the odds being in the favor of the criminal; if placing a bet at Vegas had those type of odds for the consumer we'd all be rich. 

  • The deals are better at your house than at the mall.  A burglar doesn't have to wait in a long line to get a 60" flat panel television, a game system and some jewelry, all he or she must do is break into your inadequately protected home.  The five finger deal they get far outweighs having to spend their cash or using their credit to get your stuff for free.  If your security is lax they will probably get enough information in their caper to victimize you through identity theft as well.
Too many people leave statements and personal information that could be used against them eaily assessible to anyone that has or finds access to their home.

  • Malls have security you don't:  The local mall will have security cameras, security guards, deputies and other law enforcement officials looking for shop-lifters and other rouge elements.  However, your home is protected by a $20 lock and possibly a poor excuse for an alarm system.  If you don't have a security system you are 6 times more likely to be burglarized.  If you have just a basic alarm that has not been updated in years- you are at risk as well.
Have a security assessment gone that looks for vulnerabilities in your home safety and presents solutions to keep you and your possessions safe.  For additional information on Home Security and Safety get a free copy of my e-book, The Homeowners and Consumers Toolbos:Safety to Savings, Tips and Tools at Your Fingertips at
  • Stores advertise to get you to come, You advertise you are attending:  The stores spend big money advertising on television and in the paper to get you to come out.  It is marketers jobs to get your body to their store to spend money.  Advertising on the part of the marketing firms is not the problem but your announcement to world through social media and in public is. 
It is never wise to announce on Facebook and in public places that you are leaving town or that you will be away from your home.  With a little research a criminal can find out who you are and where you live.  Think about it, it could be the person ringing you out that asks for identification when you check out or someone who happened to hear your name, as it was yelled out by a friend when you encounter them in the store.  The opportunistic crook then follows you home.  The other is social media, such as Facebook or Google plus or Twitter.  The fact that you can say something doesn't mean you should.  Also, turn off the location setting for posting which tells people where you are.

  • Thanksgiving to a criminal means, thanks for giving them the opportunity to have at your stuff.  Don't let criminals make you the holiday turkey by being lax when it comes to the safety of your home and possessions.  A good security program should include a monitored alarm system.  Call a reputable and reliable company like Safe Haven Security and get your home secure before leaving for Grandma's House.  Call (919) 228-8361

Happy Thanksgiving, Be Safe, Be Secure and don't let criminals pluck your possessions making you the holiday turkey whose Friday is Black cause you're sad and mad because you got suckered.

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