Real Burglars Reveal the Sneaky Tricks They Use to Break Into Your House

Burglar breaking into a house via a window with a crowbar

Burglars have some pretty sly tricks to rob your home. | iStock/Getty Images

It’s something no one wants to think about. A home intrusion happens every 15 seconds, with more than 2 million reported per year.

You might already know better than to leave air-conditioning units in your windows when you go on vacation or let your mail pile up outside. These habits are basically like hanging a giant sign outside that says, “Rob me!” But there are a few lesser known things you should pay attention to that can help keep you from becoming the next victim of a robbery.

Ahead, check out some of the devious plots that real burglars use to gain entry into homes, along with what they’ll do once they’re inside.

‘Remember me? I was just here last week installing your new carpet’

Most professionals you hire to perform services in your home are upstanding citizens who would never think of stealing from you. However, there is a small percentage who have much more sinister goals beyond just cleaning your gutters.

These men and women are smart enough to keep their hands to themselves while they’re on the clock. But they might be scoping out your home to check for valuables and the likelihood that they could get away with breaking and entering. They might even leave a window unlocked to make it easier when they return later.

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