Interesting facts to keep in mind when securing your Home or Office.
8 out of 10 residential robberies are committed with the help of information from maids, gardeners and former employees. Be aware of who you have working for you.
Robbers will monitor the premises for as long as two weeks.
Most attacks occur between 19:00 and midnight as people are relaxed and the security systems and beams are not activated. Robberies can continue until 04:00.
97% of robbers are armed.
On average, an armed robbery gang has four members.
The average age of a house robber is 19 to 26 years of age.
An average of 30% of all house robbers have either committed murder, or won’t hesitate to commit murder.
Only 17% of house robbers are foreigners.
Of all arrested robbers, 90% had no matric qualification or were unemployed. The 10% who had been employed gave up their jobs when confirming how much they could ‘earn’ from a robbery.
Most victims or targets are affluent persons who openly display their wealth, for example wearing expensive jewelry.
The average robber commits 103 robberies over 7 years before getting caught.
Most attackers’ homes or ‘bases’ are a 10 to 30 minute drive from the target address.
The conviction rate for house robberies in South Africa is only 7.67%. In the USA it is 53%.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) if possible.
Small dogs that sleep inside the house robbers consider this to be the biggest deterrent of all, they scout a neighborhood to see how tight the security is.
A guard patrol or neighborhood watch factors in 68% on whether they go in or not, so having a good neighborhood watch or security in the area can be a major deterrent.
Before leaving home or the office make sure all shrubs and trees are trimmed back so that they do not allow a burglar to conceal himself while attempting to open a window or door. If possible, plant bushes with prickly thorns around these locations.
Don’t stop your security awareness at the outside walls of your house or office. In general, don’t leave anything around the yard or parking that might help a burglar get into your house or office. Ladders, stackable boxes or any garden tools should be put away, preferably in a locked cabinet. Many burglars have used the property owner’s own tools to break into a home or office.
Don’t place outdoor furniture tables nearby the house or office, as these could become an easy stepladder to the roof. Rather move them inside in the evening.
Second-story windows are often left unsecured, making it easy for the criminal to get into the house. To discourage potential climbers, spread grease on any metal drainpipes if they are close to windows. Use Vaseline or clear automotive grease, depending on the colour of the pipe or replace with plastic pipe.
A barking dog, changing your daily routine and the presence of CCTV cameras could make your home/office a less attractive target to criminals.
Since robbers can watch your movements for as long as two weeks, try to deviate from your usual routine regularly. Leave and return home at different times, use different routes and visit different shops to what you typically do.
Take extreme care when hiring workers and other service providers cannot be underestimated. Be careful who you let into your home.