Many people aid and abet criminals and are not aware of what they are doing.
There is an upscale gated community in my area that had 11 criminal events in one night.
Working with the Property Manager I was able to interview all 11 of the residents that were victims of the crime spree.
It is often the thinking of people who choose to live in a gated community that because there is a gate and on-site security officers that they do not need to be concerned about safety or crime. It is true that a gated community can be safer and therefore a more comfortable place to live. But a gated community is never crime proof.
In my interviews I found the following information:
A. 8 of the 11 criminal events were the result of residents who parked their cars in the driveway failed to lock the vehicle when they retired for the night. The criminals simply opened the door and rummaged through the car and took wallets, credit cards, cash, jewelry and other items of value.
B. 3 of the criminal events involved the criminals entering the house to take purses, credit cards and computers.
How did they enter the homes? One resident did not close the garage door when the went to bed. They also did not lock the door from the garage into the house. So the criminals simply walked in and took what they could find.
2 of the residents whose homes were entered had parked their car in the driveway and had failed to lock it. Inside on the visor was the garage door remote. The criminals opened the garage door and since the door from the garage into the house was not locked they easily entered the home to take what they wanted.
In all cases the resident was at home. In all cases the residents had failed to take very basic steps to secure their property. So, the residents had aided and abetted the criminals.
These were not mastermind criminals. They did have experience as they had gone into several gated communities and did the same thing.
When the criminals left the gated community in a car waiting outside, they drove about 10 miles and stopped to get gas. They used the credit cards just taken.
Then came their big mistake. They went to Walmart. There they quickly used the credit cards to purchase Gift cards which would not be traceable. This was smart. But they chose to do this in Walmart which has more security cameras than any place. When the police found that the stolen credit cards had been used they quickly went to view the video and were able to identify the criminals and they were soon taken into custody.
The Residents were not taken into custody for aiding and abetting criminals but they had a very traumatic event that shook them up for some time. The thought of criminals wandering around inside the home while they were asleep will remain with them for some time.
100% of these criminal events could have been prevented by the Residents. Not one event resulted in a forced entry.
Are you taking the necessary and very easy steps to secure your property?
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Presented as a Safety Tip.