Developing conclusions based upon current trends with Robberies and Burglaries is a very difficult task. For many cases, many robberies and burglaries go unsolved. Unless the perpetrator is caught at the scene of the crime, these types of crimes are very difficult to be solved. Robberies and Burglaries are usually quick, sometimes planned out, and are over and done with before anyone knows anything is missing.
The typical scenario of a crime today usually consists of the following. Masked and armed individuals, more times males than females. Forced entry, while the criminal uses fear as there main controlling factor. In and out kind of deal where they break in, steal the stuff and leave. However, more today than ever before, there are more high tech planned out, skilled criminals, rather than your average break in, get out criminals.
Unfortunately, trends also show that many of these crimes end up getting ugly.
When a person is involved, such as a break in when people are home, the perpetrator is usually armed with a weapon of some kind. Many times the robbery does not go as planned and robbery plus murder or attempted murder is committed.
Trends also show that robberies and burglaries are also committed against certain kinds of people. These people are the ones that are the most vulnerable or naÃÂ¯ve. Leaving your garage door open and unattended and walking around with large amounts of cash on you are two examples of things not too do, or someone might take advantage of you. Another thing the articles have proven is that criminals can be very tricky. For instance, the Spanish couple that robbed the Spanish speaking woman. That robbery was well planned out so that the woman trusted two strangers into her home, not knowing what would soon occur.
In order to prevent these types of crimes from occurring, there are many logical things which the average citizen can do:
a) Keep everything under lock and key. This means that everyone should make sure that there house, car, and other valuables are kept protected with a good security system.
b) Make sure everyone knows you are well protected. Everyone should know that if a burglar sees two identical houses, one of which has a sign showing which security system they use and one has nothing, the house with nothing is in for some trouble. Also find out if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch program. If not, it isn't a bad idea to create one. Criminals will always choose the easier target over a more protected one.
c) Be alert. If an unknown individual comes to your door, make sure they show you an official badge or something which proves they are who they say they are. Anyone could carry some mail or a box and say they have a delivery for you.
d) Never under-estimate the mind of a criminal. Criminals can be very tricky if they need to be. If a situation is beginning to look suspicious, don't hang around to see what's up. Leave the area, and make a phone call to the police.