Three ambitious intruders in update New York are now off the street – and area homeowners can breathe a bit easier – ending a rash of 60 burglaries spanning three counties. This particular story demonstrates the same points that I’ve observed in numerous studies and countless crime reports, and that I’ve addressed in recent “Crime Spotlight” postings:
- Most burglaries are random, opportunistic acts that involve little planning by the intruder.
- More burglaries happen during the day, when people are less likely to be home.
- A significant portion of home crime is driven by drug use.
- Burglars target the same list of items to steal, over and over again.
Here’s a telling excerpt, and a link to the original story.
Two men in their 20’s and a 19-year-old woman all driven by drug addiction are responsible for 60 or more burglaries in four counties. County DA James Murphy III said a 62-year-old woman came home and was fixing herself a snack when she heard someone upstairs. Thinking it was her husband, she wasn’t alarmed until she heard someone come down the stairs and go out the front door. The woman followed the intruder and gave police his description. The burglaries — in-and-out jobs that police doubt were preceded by much planning — were done for money to buy heroin. The defendants allegedly stole jewelry and other items that would fit inside a pillowcase. Sites included Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties, officials said.
This report reads like so many others – and it’s great news that the State Police and local law enforcement responded quickly and traced one suspect back to the other two, and arrested them. But only a few weeks later, a new report from Saratoga Springs told of more criminal activity in the area – and a new set of thieves:
Police say they’ve received reports of more than three examples they think may be connected to a pair of men, both in their early- to mid-20s. Police say the two men have probably been canvassing neighborhoods in the city for potential burglary targets. Cpl. Aaron Rosen with the Saratoga Springs police department said, “If someone comes to the door, then they’re asking for a canned food donation, appearing to work for the Food Bank or the LDS Church asking for some type of donation. If they get something they take off. If they don’t get an answer at doors they’re kind of looking through windows, looking to see if someone is inside. If not, then they’ll attempt to force entry into the residence.”
So, no sooner do the police put one set of perps away, and there’s another to take their place. These are trying times to be sure, and when a bad economy mixes with increased drug use, the combination is bad for homeowners. FrontPoint is more committed than ever to your safety and peace of mind, and we urge you to follow our Top 10 Tips for increasing your home’s security. We’re not just the nationwide leader in interactive, wireless home security – we are also the experts on knowing how intruders get in to your home, what they steal, and more helpful information. And when you are ready for a FrontPoint system, we’re ready to give you the protection you deserve.