Back to Simpson Security's Blog
A burglar in a mask using a crowbar to break into a house.

Share this post

Burglar Myths You Need To Know

Don’t believe these 4 burglar myths.

Otherwise, you’ll underestimate how clever burglars can be and misunderstand how they actually work…

Burglar Myth 1: Burglars are all impulsive and stupid

“Most burglars are like the bumbling duo from Home Alone. A simple fake security camera could fool them.”


The reality: Many burglars skillfully analyze a home before striking.

According to a study, 12% of burglars planned their break-in—sometimes 1 to 3 days in advance so they can find ways to overcome security measures.

For example, the study indicates that 1 in 5 burglars cut telephone lines ahead of time so that the alarm system couldn’t alert a monitoring station.

That’s one reason we recommend upgrading to a wireless alarm monitoring. Then there’s nothing for burglars to cut.

Burglar Myth 2: Burglars usually break in at night

“Working under the cover of darkness, the burglar strikes to grab what he can and run.”


The reality: 60% of burglaries in the U.S. occur during the day.

The reason? Burglars don’t like confrontation. So they’re more likely to break in when they think no one is home, which is during the day when everyone is at work.

Burglar Myth 3: Burglars are always male

“Men are seen as more aggressive. So when we think of forced entry (an aggressive act), we assume the burglar is male.”


The reality: Out of 289,800 arrests for burglary in 2010, 15% of arrests were females [Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics]

A study indicates that females discount their risk of punishment because they believe that society won’t punish males and females equally.

So, don’t let your guard down. Male or female, if you see someone suspicious around your home, report it.

Burglar Myth 4: Burglars usually break in through the back door

“Out of sight and out of mind, the burglar forces your back door open and invades your home.”


The reality: The front door is the most common entry point for burglars, according to the Washington Post.

That’s why we recommend you kick proof your front doors and install a security camera  near the front door.

Contact us today to learn more about how to prevent theft and schedule a free consultation.

Back to Simpson Security's Blog