Do You Live Next Door to a Burglar?

by Notorious Spinks on 06.22.2012

I hate thieves.  I often wonder what makes some people feel that they get to steal what others work so hard for.  Is it a sense of entitlement or what?  I just don’t get it.  I’m just thankful that my mom taught me to work for mines.

I live in an area that people often label as bad or crime ridden, but I feel safe.  Go figure… Crime is everywhere and I know this.  I take precautions to make sure I’m safe and I do my part to discourage burglars.

My first thing is making sure that I have a home security sign in the yard.  Most criminals don’t want trouble and just want to get in and out.  According to the infograph below, most burglars are out in 12 minutes.  Now that’s fast.

My mom lived in this house for 11 years without a theft and I’ve been here a year and everything has been good.  My neighbors look out for each others property as well.  I even remember when my mom passed and people were in and out.  I was so stressed and I didn’t even realize the front door was open.  There is a storm door but the wooden door was open all night and the storm door doesn’t latch anymore.  I didn’t realize it until like the next day on my way to the funeral home.  I remember being so thankful that no one walked in on me and gave me a sense of security in my community.  After realizing that 63 percent of burglaries happen in the day time, I often wonder if I would have had the same outcome in the daytime.


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Even though I feel safe here, I am saving to get the system updated. I found out that my security company offers glass break sensors. The sensor causes the alarm to sound off if the window is broken. The ones we have now only sound off if someone raises the window. I know that if a thief wants to get in not being able to lift the window will not stop him.

Another thing I didn’t realize is that most burglaries happen in July and August and the thief usually lives within two miles of crime. Now that’s too close for comfort.

With the summer months approaching, be sure that you do everything to protect your family and your home. Never make it easy for a burglar by being a sitting duck.

So how do you protect your home against burglaries?

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% mine.

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A Time Out for Mommy- Elaina August 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

I hope not!

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marg July 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Oh my! I hope I dont!

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Tammy July 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My house was broken into once. You don’t think it would happen to you, but it does.

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Jenn July 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

Having a sign in the yard is a great idea. Thanks for the tips!

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Anne - Mommy Has to Work July 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I hope not!

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Jenn @therebelchick July 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I really hope I don’t live next to a burglar!

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Toni @ A Daily Dose June 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Love the info on this graphic.

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April Decheine June 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

I love this, may have to share this with my readers as well!

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Rachel @ Following In My Shoes June 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

We have an alarm system, gate locks, motion lights, a dog and guns. Hopefully we’re covered!

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Penelope (NYC Blogger) June 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Hmm, we are approaching July and August.

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S. Franklin June 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Excellent and informative post! I grew up in a high crime neighborhood of Chicago, but like you, we never had a burglary and all the neighbors watched out for each other. I did learn to be aware of my surroundings though. Even though I live in a very “safe” suburb of Phoenix, my husband (also born and raised in Chicago) and I are always on guard. We have a security alarm and every night we check to make sure our doors and windows are locked. As you said crime is everywhere and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as my mom would say.

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Kelly June 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

Interesting chart. My husband used to work in security and yeah, he has an eye seeing the tells of thieves.

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Virginia from That Bald Chick June 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for sharing.

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Our Small Hours June 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Oh, wow! That’s an interesting chart. Thanks for sharing.

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Shell Fruscione June 25, 2012 at 1:31 am

When we first moved into our house two years ago, our neighbors told us that they had just had an attempted robbery at their house a few weeks before- and we live in what’s considered a nice area! So we’ve been cautious since moving into our neighborhood, but nothing has happened knock on wood!

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Nightowlmama June 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

SO scary to even think about. We live close to the city and our neighbor was burglarized two years ago. I think I actually heard when they broke in the back door but it was so late I didn’t get up to look and hadn’t realized he wasn’t home. so sad

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Emily @FamilyNLifeLV June 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I was robbed when I lived in Chicago – very scary stuff! We have a serious home security system too!

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Jenn @therebelchick June 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Ack, I hate even thinking about burglars!

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Katie June 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm

we have a security system wired for our house, but we’ve never hooked it up. I like to think we live in a safe neighborhood, but you just never know.

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

We have a monitored alarm system. It’s good to have that peace of mind and since my husband travels for work sometimes, it’s definitely worth the cost.

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Anne - Mommy Has to Work June 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

We got an alarm system with our new house!

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Anne June 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

We get mostly car break ins near us, but I probably should be more careful about locking the house up tight!

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Notorious Spinks June 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Of course. I hate people to even come in my yard. I feel that if you’re comfortable enough to come in my yard without knowing me then next you’ll be trying to get in my house.

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Courtney June 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My neighbors are good right now – I’m scared we’re moving next month and I’m not sure where yet still hunting and hope they’re good also!

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Notorious Spinks June 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

You all are going to be moving with a little baby. Take it easy with the move and I’m sure you’ll be fine.

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Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins June 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

We live in a fairly new neighborhood, so most of the neighbors here look after each other, thank goodness!

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Kenda @ Remaking June Cleaver June 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

We have an alarm system – thankfully. Motion sensors, the works. It’s not fun when I set it off by mistake lol but we wouldn’t get rid of it for anything.

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Notorious Spinks June 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I hate when I do that. That noise seems like it goes on long after you shut it off.

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Zipporah Sandler June 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

After being robbed once and burglarized once we now have an alarm system.

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Notorious Spinks June 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

OMG. that is awful. I don’t know how I’d act in a robbery . I just thank God that I’ve never been in that situation and pray it never happens.

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Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy June 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I hate thieves! We have an alarm system to deter burglars.

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Stefani June 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I live in the suburbs in a good area, but there is still crime.

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Notorious Spinks June 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Honey a thief would steal in heaven if he could get away with it.

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Donna June 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

We’ve lived here for over 14 years, and all of our neighbors are older, so I don’t think so. Not so sure if you get out of our immediate neighborhood, though.

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Amanda June 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Some of those stats are so surprising. I hate thieves! I’ll never forget when a burglar stole some of my dad’s outdoor equipment. It’s such a violation and makes you feel unsafe. Thanks for sharing!

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Colleen June 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I hope not! I rent so I don’t have a system but I do think when we buy I may think about getting one.

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Kathleen June 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

I really hope not, but this sure does describe a lot of people I know!

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Theresa June 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

It is really scary. We’ve had minor robberies, but my MIL has been robbed before and wowzers. That was a terrible experience.

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LeShundra Earl June 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

I never really thought about the amount of burglaries in July and August, but it make sense because most families go on vacation during those months. Now that I think about it neighbors should be the prime suspects because they know your routine.

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Notorious Spinks June 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Yep. That’s why I don’t have a routine. LOL! Sometimes my car doesn’t move for day. They don’t know if I’m here or gone.

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