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Have you ever had the hair on the back your neck stand up? Ever have that instant feeling you know something is wrong?
This is a common occurrence when people come home to find a door or window broken in. Then they notice missing items from around the house. Then they quickly exit the house hoping whoever was there is now gone.
What’s missing? Family heirlooms, great grandmother’s diamond ring, or even a child’s piggy bank.
Result: The family feels violated and angry.
Could there have been a way to prevent a burglar from breaking in? We at Strand Security want to make sure you are safe here in Myrtle Beach.
To do this, it is important to get into the mind of a burglar.
First off, they will not be walking around in a ski mask. They will most likely be scoping out your house dressed as a utility worker (cable or electric repair). Door to door salesmen can easily get an idea of the inside of your house when you answer the door for them. Or perhaps they will just post a flyer, while they look for a burglar alarm.
When burglars are looking for the right house to burglarize, they look for privacy fences and trees or shrubbery. These fences and the vegetation may prevent neighbors from seeing what is about to happen.
Speaking of vegetation, if your yard is not manicured that may mean you are not around very much.
Jewelry is a hot ticket item. Knowing an adult female is living in the house is an added bonus because there is more than likely jewels to be taken.
Dogs, they always look for dogs. Big or small, their barks can give a lot of warning.
First they will ring the doorbell to make sure no one is home, making up a bogus story if someone answers.
Next they will check all doors and windows to see if they are unlocked. If they are locked, they will check if an extra key has been hidden around the perimeter of the house.
If it comes down to it, they will break a window or use a handy-dandy crowbar to get in.
A burglar spends an average of 8 minutes in a house.
any or all of the above!
Do you have these items in your home?
(using 2010 data, the most recent data available)
If you do not have a security system yet, we strongly urge you to get it taken care of today! Start here.