Home Safe Home – Anatomy of a Burglary

Home. It is the place where you should feel the safest, but every day, we are reminded we are all vulnerable.  That is why we are launching our Home Safe Home series. It is aimed at teaching you the best ways to protect your home and family.

If someone broke into your home right now, what could they easily walk away with?  All month long on Local 6 Today we are showing you the best ways to protect yourself from burglaries.
We used the help of people very familiar with break-ins and the do’s and don’ts. Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon and one of his deputies helped Local 6 stage a burglary to show you what thieves are looking for and what you can do to protect your home and your family.

"They’ll scope an area out first, see what time the people leave, what vehicles are there, then they’ll come back and see if those vehicles are gone," said Sheriff Redmon.

Our fake burglar walks to the front door, peeking in windows and knocks to see if anyone is home.  He then walks around the side of the house and comes through a back door.

"Probably 75 percent of the houses that are broken into are broken in through the back door or window," said Sheriff Redmon.

Our thief heads straight to a bedroom, typically the first stop for burglars.  He grabs a gun, then heads for the master bedroom.

"They look for electronics, computers, iPads, TVs are a popular item, firearms especially," said Sheriff Redmon.

On his way, our fake thief swipes a small purse from the kitchen and an iPhone off the counter. From the kitchen, our burglar hits the master bedroom.  He grabs jewelry, real or fake, and shoves it into his pockets.

"They may have a deceased relatives jewelry that has sentimental value, jewelry is one of the hardest things to recover because it doesn’t have a serial number," said Sheriff Redmon.

Next a night stand, where we often keep our phones and tablets. Our thief swipes all medications, no matter the prescription.

"We’ve seen a big increase in the theft of medication in burglaries," said Sheriff Redmon.

In only 20 minutes, he leaves with all your belongings and your sense of security.

Another big target for burglars: personal documents.  Access to sensitive information like dates of birth and social security numbers can help a burglar steal your money and your identity.  Sheriff Redmon suggests keeping these documents in a locked safe.

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