Burglars Do Return to Homes – After the First Time, Get a Home Alarm!

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We know that burglars do return to the scene of prior crimes. It worked the first time, and homeowners do tend to replace the stolen items, so why not try again? What’s harder for me to understand is why most homeowners don’t get an alarm system after the first time. In my last post on burglars coming back, I described one home hit three times in the same week, and another that was visited by the same burglar – three years later. I’m happy to report that the woman victimized three times did finally install an alarm system! Here’s the recent story from Cape Coral, FL:

Two brothers who burglarized a Cape Coral home were caught when they returned a second time Thursday, according to the Cape Coral Police Department.

The Details

The victim was asleep in his bedroom when he was awakened by a noise inside the house around 3:30 a.m., police said. When he went to investigate, he reportedly spotted 17-year-old Arik Sparks in the living room. The homeowner says he grabbed Sparks and then spotted his brother, 15-year-old Adam Sparks, in the garage. The victim was able to keep the teens inside the home until police arrived, a police report said.

This is a bit unusual, in that most burglaries do happen during the day, when intruders anticipate less risk of a direct confrontation with the homeowners. And while these burglars may appear young, there are plenty of police reports on juvenile perps from across the US.

How They Got in, What They Stole

The brothers reportedly told police they entered the home after noticing its garage door was open. Once inside, they took $320 from the homeowner’s wallet, left the house and then returned to wipe away fingerprints they may have left behind, they said. During the second visit, the duo tried stealing a Rolex watch, a bottle of alcohol, clothing and items from the victim’s two vehicles, police said.

Once again, it was not that hard to gain entry, and the targeted items were on the short list of what burglars steal. These are both topics I’ve posted on before, and here is another: the Top 10 Home Security Tips that everyone should know by heart.

We hope this gentleman in Coral Beach will avail himself of the home security technology that is available today – even though his “returning burglars” should be off the street for a while. Alarm systems can do a lot more these days – and here’s a great example: with a FrontPoint system, using our popular Interactive level of monitoring, the man’s alarm system could have notified home that the garage door was open for longer than a certain period of time. That’s the kind of best-in-class wireless, interactive home security that makes sense for more and more people. And when you add video services, remote control of the system (including lights, locks, and thermostats), and the safest cellular monitoring you can find, it’s no wonder so many people turn to FrontPoint.

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  1. Peter M. Rogers

    Thanks, Bob, as always. You have shared several remarkable real-life stories about people who did have alarm systems in place – and people who did not. We would not wish on anyone the kind of expensive repairs that can result from a winter like this one, when pipes freeze and burst all over the US. That is one important reason why we do not charge any extra fees for monitoring fire, temperature, water, or carbon monoxide – and make the sensor for these conditions as affordable as we can.

    We truly appreciate your experience, your insights, and your loyalty.

  2. Peter M. Rogers

    Thanks, Bob, as always. You have shared several remarkable real-life stories about people who did have alarm systems in place – and people who did not. We would not wish on anyone the kind of expensive repairs that can result from a winter like this one, when pipes freeze and burst all over the US. That is one important reason why we do not charge any extra fees for monitoring fire, temperature, water, or carbon monoxide – and make the sensor for these conditions as affordable as we can.

    We truly appreciate your experience, your insights, and your loyalty.

  3. Bob Miller

    I have a friend who is an executor of an estate here in New Jersey. The estate included a house. Since the death of the owner, half of the house was vacant. This house is a two family, with each family unit side by side. Just recenty the second hot water heater broke. At this same time during the cold weather the heating unit stopped working, and pipes busted in the basement. Again, the same story is repeated. No security or alarm sytem had been installed. The total cost for my friend to have an alarm system installed and have interactive monitoring would have cost hundreds of dollars less than having to replace a boiler and hot water heater, and replace several lengths of pipe which had frozen. And the water bill for that month was 35 times greater than normal. Instead of having peace of mind and security; my friend is having tons of aggravation. This is similar scenario when someone is told to go to a doctor, or have the car fixed. Many times the answer is “let me think about it” or “I will have it done someday”. Unfortunately, other thoughts occupied her mind and an alarm system was not installed. Now, nothing occupies her mind or her time except coordinating with her plumber and her bank. The estimated cost of purchases and repairs are $4,800.00 That would have bought a few years of peace of mind with FrontPoint Security. Many of my friends say the same thing when I tell them about FrontPoint and how inexpensive it is. Anyone who wants further details just send me an email to jcnjbob@gmail.com. I don’t have any affiliation with FrontPoint or the monitoring company. It is just that I am now 71 and this is a new “ministry” for me. It is someting I can do easily, and the alarm and monitoring is the best that I have ever seen. And I have well over fifty years in security and communications, and I have been retired now for almost sixteen years. I never even visioned that a home alarm and security system would ever be this good. When you send an email to me at jcnjbob@gmail, please put FrontPoint in the subject line. If I cannot answer your questions I will contact the friendly people at FrontPoint. I keep saying “home alarm”, but I believe they also have plans for business.

  4. Bob Miller

    I have a friend who is an executor of an estate here in New Jersey. The estate included a house. Since the death of the owner, half of the house was vacant. This house is a two family, with each family unit side by side. Just recenty the second hot water heater broke. At this same time during the cold weather the heating unit stopped working, and pipes busted in the basement. Again, the same story is repeated. No security or alarm sytem had been installed. The total cost for my friend to have an alarm system installed and have interactive monitoring would have cost hundreds of dollars less than having to replace a boiler and hot water heater, and replace several lengths of pipe which had frozen. And the water bill for that month was 35 times greater than normal. Instead of having peace of mind and security; my friend is having tons of aggravation. This is similar scenario when someone is told to go to a doctor, or have the car fixed. Many times the answer is “let me think about it” or “I will have it done someday”. Unfortunately, other thoughts occupied her mind and an alarm system was not installed. Now, nothing occupies her mind or her time except coordinating with her plumber and her bank. The estimated cost of purchases and repairs are $4,800.00 That would have bought a few years of peace of mind with FrontPoint Security. Many of my friends say the same thing when I tell them about FrontPoint and how inexpensive it is. Anyone who wants further details just send me an email to jcnjbob@gmail.com. I don’t have any affiliation with FrontPoint or the monitoring company. It is just that I am now 71 and this is a new “ministry” for me. It is someting I can do easily, and the alarm and monitoring is the best that I have ever seen. And I have well over fifty years in security and communications, and I have been retired now for almost sixteen years. I never even visioned that a home alarm and security system would ever be this good. When you send an email to me at jcnjbob@gmail, please put FrontPoint in the subject line. If I cannot answer your questions I will contact the friendly people at FrontPoint. I keep saying “home alarm”, but I believe they also have plans for business.