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Burglars May Be Using Drones to Target Homes

Our homes are very important to us; they protect the most important people in our lives, and they defend our most prized possessions. Unfortunately, our homes are not always the strong fortresses we imagine them to be; often, our homes are the victims of theft and damage that are hard to avoid or halt.

In terms of home burglary and crime statistics in 2016, nearly 88% of burglaries in the United States were residential, with 38% of burglaries including a firearm. Regardless of whether anything is taken from the home, burglars often get away unscathed, especially if the home lacks any sort of home security system.

How do thieves know where to strike, and when? In startling home burglary facts, it was reported that the majority of break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby, and who can become familiar with the daily movements of a home, but that's not all.

In a new turn of events, there have been reports of thieves using a new method of learning about a home's layout prior to performing a break-in. This approach has made it very difficult for authorities to stop burglars from gaining valuable information about the design of a home and how to enter, and homeowners need to know about it.

Drones Used By Burglars


The New Way to Target Homes

It has been reported by police that burglars are now using unmanned drones as their latest break-in tool. Drones have been a very popular tool and toy, as of late, and they are easily purchased and inexpensive. They are used for all kinds of purposes and have recently caught the eye of thieves who want to get a better look.

Essentially, thieves are using the drones by flying them over properties to get better visuals of the property's layout. With some of the higher-end designs, thieves can have the visuals sent to them from the drone, and they can also record videos and take pictures.

This kind of information is extremely helpful for burglars, as they can use the information for a variety of things, including learning the layout of a home, learning what kinds of doors they use, seeking out security cameras or guard dogs, and even finding out whether anyone is home.

This new technology is becoming worrisome for authorities, as there aren't very many rules against low-flying drones in public areas. Someone who is enjoying flying their drone in a park could just as well be using it to zoom in on a backyard across the road without detection. The drone is the newest tool in a burglar's belt to avoid a property while still getting all of the information they need for a later date.

Drones Used By Burglars


What You Can Do

If you want to protect your home from thieves, you may not be able to stop them from using drones, but you can prepare yourself with a quality home security system. These systems can be catered to your home's unique features and needs so that you have full coverage of every window, stairway, and sidewalk around your property. You might also consider installing exterior backyard surveillance, which may help in detecting nearby drones that might be gathering information about your home.

Integrative security systems give you the opportunity to check on your home no matter where you are, and you can even control things like temperature and lighting to ward off potential thieves. Installing a system like this is one of the best ways to discourage burglars and to offer the peace of mind that your family and possessions are more thoroughly protected.

In terms of the safety of your neighborhood, it's a good idea for everyone in the area to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. This might include a consistent passerby that no one knows, or seeing drones flying overhead that don't belong to anyone in the area. You can report seeing a suspicious drone to police, which may remove the problem or discourage them from working in your neighborhood in the future.

Drones Used By Burglars

If you have a neighborhood watch, let them know about the recent events happening and help them spread the word about the new burglary tactics of drones. While most people would assume these are innocent toys, it's important for people to recognize their potential for damage and theft.

To avoid home invasion further, homeowners should be educated about the common places from which burglars tend to enter into homes, with the most popular locations being the front door and first-floor window. Look at your home from a burglar's standpoint and use this information to secure certain areas with surveillance and bright lighting at night.

For help with your security system installation, be sure to contact a professional security systems company that can give you advice on what kind of surveillance you might need.

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