and or Entering
Burglary/Breaking and or Entering
ranks high on the list of crimes investigated at the Burke County
Sheriff’s Office. Victims
can be traumatized and feel helpless after a criminal has entered what is
considered a safe zone (home).
The following information may be helpful in preventing you from
becoming a victim. The
information was provided from a study completed by the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, which
utilized information from 422 incarcerated individuals.
What deters burglars from
burglarizing specific targets?
• Close proximity of other
people (including traffic, those walking nearby, neighbors, people inside
the establishment, and police officers), lack of escape routes, and
indicators of increased security (alarm signs, alarms, dogs inside, and
outdoor cameras or other surveillance equipment) was considered by most
burglars when selecting a target.
• Within a broad set of
potential target hardening deterrents, alarms and outdoor cameras and other
surveillance equipment were considered by a majority of burglars.
• About 60% of the burglars
indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an
alternative target altogether. This was particularly true among the subset
of burglars that were more likely to spend time deliberately and carefully
planning a burglary.
Most burglars would try to determine if an alarm was present before
attempting a burglary. Among those that determined that an alarm was
present after initiating a burglary, about half would discontinue the