The Encyclopedia of Burglar Types, And How To Defend Yourself

Thieves are all the same, right? Not exactly. They are all jerks and they all want to steal things that you’ve worked hard for, but that’s about all they have in common. There are actually eight main types of thieves, and each type uses vastly different methods to get what they want.

Our friends over at Simplisafe have created a handy infographic that teaches us what those types of thieves are – plus tips on how to stop them.

Disclaimer: Although the inforgraphic uses the description ‘burglar types’, most are technically thieves. But thieves and burglars are both bad guys, so, whatever.

Now you’re a little bit smarter!

Hungry for more anti-theft tips? We can give you a few more.

Tip No. 1: Get a home alarm system.

Your home is a thieves’ number one target, so getting a home security system should be on top of your list. But what makes a good home alarm system?

First, the equipment needs to be high quality. Not only that, it also needs to have the latest technology.

Second, the equipment should be backed by a trusted monitoring center. Monitoring is essential as it watches your home when you can’t and protects your family when you’re sleeping.

Third, the company you choose should be trustworthy with a record of treating customers right. Ironically, there are alarm companies that will ‘legally rob’ you. That is, they offer crappy service and lock you into lengthy contracts. While we don’t rank home alarm companies, we do help compare the facts. Frontpoint is a company we would recommend to other.

Tip No. 2: Don’t let social media put your security at risk.

Apparently, burglars do their research, too. According to Digital Trends, 4 out of 5 burglars use social networks to find empty homes. Is social media making you a target? Check out this infographic for tips on how to stop this from happening..

Tip No. 3: Step up your online security.

On a related note, internet security can help you protect yourself from identity thieves. You can step up for internet security game and make yourself less vulnerable online by investing in internet security devices.

But how can internet security devices protect you from thieves? There are thieves that attack upfront, but there are also those that enter your home through your router… not literally, of course. They can use phishing scams to steal your identity or your credit card information, or hack your security camera to scout your home and make a plan, or use your personal data stored in computers or smart devices against you. Internet security devices protect you from malware, viruses, hacking, and phishing scams.

Depending on your needs, internet security devices can provide different levels of security. For example, a device called Cujo works as a firewall to protect you from viruses, malware, and more. Another device, Dojo, constantly analyzes your network traffic looking for fishy activity.

Tip No. 4: Get a security camera.

To see is to believe. Seeing with your own eyes, or through a security camera, that your house hasn’t been burglarized gives immeasurable peace of mind. Not only that, security cameras are equipped with sensors that can help you detect burglars and foil their attempts.

We recommend cameras like Piper or Canary.

What do you think? How can you protect your home from bad guys?