SURVIVING A BURGLARY

SPONSORED BY
COEBURN POLICE DEPT.
CREATED BY H. STALLARD 12/07
hstallard@yahoo.com
BURGLARY STATISTICS

Most burglaries occur between 10 AM and
3PM (after most people leave for work and
before kids get hom...
The typical burglar is a male teen-ager who
lives within a couple of miles of your home. The
chance of being victimized by...
Frequent entry
points for burglaries
are windows and
doors. Research
shows that if it
takes more than
four or five minutes...
Burglars spend an average of 8 to
12 minutes in your home.
The master bedroom is usually the first place hit
because most people keep their valuables there.
Their favorite items to steal are: cash, jewelry,
electronic equipment, silver, guns and other items that
are easy to sell...
FACTS
In the USA, a burglar occurs every 8 seconds.
FACTS
On average, 1 out of every 6 homes will be
burglarized this year.
FACTS
Half of all burglaries take place without forced
entry. In many cases the burglar used a "key".
One study showed tha...
FACTS
Homes without security systems are about 3 times more likely
to be broken into than homes with security systems.
You CAN’T stop someone who really wants
to break in!
• There is no such thing as a burglar-proof home or
a car that cannot...
A Point to Remember
When improving the security of your home,
don't exchange security for personal safety.
Don't make your...
How To Harden the Target
• Target hardening is a process wherein a
building is made into a more difficult or less
attracti...
Hardening the Target
You want to do things that will cause a burglar
to have to spend more time to get in.
The longer it t...
Windows
Windows and door glass can always be broken
out.
But that makes noise…something most
burglars want to avoid.
Alarms
Alarms warn you of an intrusion.
Alarms MAY or MAY NOT scare off an
intruder.
An alarm is only a first line defense...
Window and Door Alarms
Wireless alarms that are battery powered are
best for rented dwellings.
Most use the two sided tape...
VIBRATION ALARM
Detects shock and sudden impacts to
windows and doors Easily mounted with two
sided tape
Movement Alarms
Alarm sounds when window or door is opened.
Preventing the Door from Opening
A Point to Remember
The chain and bar that lets you partially open
the door, isn’t that secure.
The door can still be kick...
Hardening the Door
An Entrance Lock is Easily Defeated
A Dead Bolt is More Secure
Single Cylinder Dead Bolt
…has a manual knob on one side and a key on
the other side.
Double Cylinder Dead Bolt
…is keyed from both sides.

The main disadvantage to this is that in an
emergency (fire, earthqu...
Why You Can Kick in a Door
The Striker Plate
…is the weakest part of the locking system.
Most striker plates are
secured with ½ inch screws.

Best length should be 2 or 3
inches.
The door itself…

Should have a solid core.
Preventing the Window from Opening
If you return home and discover a
break in…
Don’t go in…the burglar may still be inside.
Even if you know they’ve gone wai...
Security
…comes in two parts.
1. PHYSICAL
2. MENTAL
Hardening the target is the physical part.
Security is also a mental state of mind…the
way you think and the way you react...
• COEBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT

• 114 FRONT STREET
• 395-2111
• CHIEF SCOTT BROOKS
• sbrooks@townofcoeburn.com
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Surviving a burglary

  1. 1. SURVIVING A BURGLARY SPONSORED BY COEBURN POLICE DEPT. CREATED BY H. STALLARD 12/07 hstallard@yahoo.com
  2. 2. BURGLARY STATISTICS Most burglaries occur between 10 AM and 3PM (after most people leave for work and before kids get home from school)
  3. 3. The typical burglar is a male teen-ager who lives within a couple of miles of your home. The chance of being victimized by a professional thief is low.
  4. 4. Frequent entry points for burglaries are windows and doors. Research shows that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into a home, the burglar will go elsewhere.
  5. 5. Burglars spend an average of 8 to 12 minutes in your home.
  6. 6. The master bedroom is usually the first place hit because most people keep their valuables there.
  7. 7. Their favorite items to steal are: cash, jewelry, electronic equipment, silver, guns and other items that are easy to sell on the street or "hock" at a pawnshop .
  8. 8. FACTS In the USA, a burglar occurs every 8 seconds.
  9. 9. FACTS On average, 1 out of every 6 homes will be burglarized this year.
  10. 10. FACTS Half of all burglaries take place without forced entry. In many cases the burglar used a "key". One study showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an unlocked door.
  11. 11. FACTS Homes without security systems are about 3 times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems.
  12. 12. You CAN’T stop someone who really wants to break in! • There is no such thing as a burglar-proof home or a car that cannot be broken into and stolen, a lock that cannot be picked, drilled or bypassed, no security system that cannot be broached. • If someone is dedicated enough, skilled enough and has the proper tools, he will get in, no matter what measures you take. • What you can do is make it hard enough that the average criminal will decide to ply his trade elsewhere.
  13. 13. A Point to Remember When improving the security of your home, don't exchange security for personal safety. Don't make your home such a fortress that you are unable to escape in case of a fire or other emergency.
  14. 14. How To Harden the Target • Target hardening is a process wherein a building is made into a more difficult or less attractive target.
  15. 15. Hardening the Target You want to do things that will cause a burglar to have to spend more time to get in. The longer it takes…the more likely he is to be seen and caught.
  16. 16. Windows Windows and door glass can always be broken out. But that makes noise…something most burglars want to avoid.
  17. 17. Alarms Alarms warn you of an intrusion. Alarms MAY or MAY NOT scare off an intruder. An alarm is only a first line defense…it is not intended to be the whole security system.
  18. 18. Window and Door Alarms Wireless alarms that are battery powered are best for rented dwellings. Most use the two sided tape or small screws to affix to the windows or doors. Most can be obtained for under $20 at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or Radio Shack.
  19. 19. VIBRATION ALARM Detects shock and sudden impacts to windows and doors Easily mounted with two sided tape
  20. 20. Movement Alarms Alarm sounds when window or door is opened.
  21. 21. Preventing the Door from Opening
  22. 22. A Point to Remember The chain and bar that lets you partially open the door, isn’t that secure. The door can still be kicked open because the screws used to hold the latch on the door are too small. If you decide to use one, you might want to consider adding a side mounted mirror.
  23. 23. Hardening the Door
  24. 24. An Entrance Lock is Easily Defeated
  25. 25. A Dead Bolt is More Secure
  26. 26. Single Cylinder Dead Bolt …has a manual knob on one side and a key on the other side.
  27. 27. Double Cylinder Dead Bolt …is keyed from both sides. The main disadvantage to this is that in an emergency (fire, earthquake, Big Mac Attack, etc.) you have to have the key to get the door open.
  28. 28. Why You Can Kick in a Door
  29. 29. The Striker Plate …is the weakest part of the locking system.
  30. 30. Most striker plates are secured with ½ inch screws. Best length should be 2 or 3 inches.
  31. 31. The door itself… Should have a solid core.
  32. 32. Preventing the Window from Opening
  33. 33. If you return home and discover a break in… Don’t go in…the burglar may still be inside. Even if you know they’ve gone wait for the police…you could destroy evidence at the crime scene. Go to a neighbor or use a cell phone and call the police. Have a list of your valuables, their descriptions, serial numbers, etc. Digital pictures saved on a removable storage device, especially of jewelry will be very helpful to the police.
  34. 34. Security …comes in two parts. 1. PHYSICAL
  35. 35. 2. MENTAL
  36. 36. Hardening the target is the physical part. Security is also a mental state of mind…the way you think and the way you react. Do you open the door to strangers? Do you tell strangers on the phone that you are home alone? All the security devices you have won’t help you if you don’t use them correctly. You have to use your head as well as your security devices.
  37. 37. • COEBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT • 114 FRONT STREET • 395-2111 • CHIEF SCOTT BROOKS • sbrooks@townofcoeburn.com
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