Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Knock-Knock, Whose There?

A knock at the door could be a sales person, delivery person, neighbor, friend, or visitor. Or, as one resident learned recently, it could be a burglar. She was taking advantage of what started out as a quiet morning to sleep in when she woke up to the sound of someone knocking on her door. When she did not answer the door, a would be burglar tried to break in through a rear door. She made a quick call to 911 as the burglars ran off. Patrol officers were able to snatch up the two juvenile burglars within a few minutes of receiving the call. With a little investigative work, officers and detectives were able to clear other open burglary cases.

Burglars are typically opportunists. They often choose to avoid confrontation, which is why most residential burglaries are reported during normal daytime working hours when most people are not home.

A common tactic they use is to knock on a door to see if anyone is home. If someone answers, they try to provide some excuse for knocking and then leave without much of an explanation. However, when there is no answer to their knocking, they assume no one is home. This is their opportunity to break in and help themselves to your belongings.

Crime prevention is about taking away the opportunity. When someone knocks, you don’t have to open the door, but letting them know you are there tells a potential burglar the home is not empty.