Know What Thieves Look For to Protect Your Home from B&E

The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office recently produced a video in which they interviewed two inmates who offered advice on home security.

The two young men are currently serving out sentences for breaking and entering on Cape Cod. In Barnstable County, someone accused of breaking into an unoccupied house faces up to 2.5 years in a house of correction.

Cape and Islands First Assistant District Attorney Michael Trudeau reports that in 2014, 237 people were charged with B&E in the county's three district courts, and 170 were convicted. The difficulty with convictions is that there aren't usually eyewitnesses with B&Es, nor is there always enough forensic or physical evidence to meet the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt.

Only the profiles of the inmates are visible as they freely answer questions about what type of homes they would target, how they would break in, and where they would go first once in the home. 

Most of the time, they would knock on the front door first to be sure nobody was home. If someone answered the door, they would say they were looking for their missing dog. They would also look for barking dogs, deadbolts, or any signs of an indoor security system, motion lights or detectors, or outdoor security cameras.

If everything was clear, they would look for an unlocked door, window, garage, or bulkhead, or just break a window. They usually went to the master bedroom first, since that's where most people keep their valuables. During break-ins, they would look for cash, computers, televisions, stereos, jewelry, or prescription drugs.

Watch the ten-minute video below to hear for yourself what the inmates had to say. You can also read the full article in the Cape Cod Times here.

Make sure you take extra precautions to keep your home safe, including installing a home security system and keeping your valuables in less obvious places.