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The most popular burglary tricks - how to protect your home (2021)

The number of burglaries in Germany has been rising continuously for 9 years now. Last year, 167,000 burglaries were recorded, the highest level ever. In contrast to the previous year, this was an increase of 10 percent. Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia reported a 20 percent increase in reported burglaries. The front runner here is Bavaria: The break-in rates rose by 28 percent compared to the previous year.

Most break-ins can be easily avoided

Before burglars break into the apartment or house, the object of desire is usually observed first. Because the thief must first ensure that the raid is successful, i.e. that there are enough valuable items in the household. In addition, he will spy on when nobody is home and he can get in undisturbed. Anyone who goes on vacation should, if possible, inform their neighbors so that they can regularly take a look at the apartment or house. If you get on well with your neighbors, you can ask them to empty the mailbox from time to time or to leave the blinds up and down; an overcrowded mailbox and permanently closed blinds are often clear signs to burglars that nobody is at home. If you like to share holiday pictures on Facebook, it is best to wait until you are back home, because there are a lot of criminals on social networks.

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These are the burglars' favorite tricks

There are some tricks among burglars, some of which are ancient, but are still used. It seems that many tenants or property owners are too inattentive to notice signs of a possible break-in. House walls, fences, doors and mailboxes should be kept an eye on so that such signs can be interpreted at an early stage. An overview of the most popular tricks of the burglars:

Marking on the door: To make sure that no one is there, burglars often put a small piece of plastic or paper in the doorway that falls down as soon as the door is opened.

“New neighbor” or a slip of paper and pencil: In order to spy on the apartment or house that the thief is trying to rob, thieves often pretend to be new neighbors or they ask for things like notes and pens or whether they can make a short phone call.

Spy in front of the house or in the stairwell: In order to first scout out the house or apartment, burglars often post themselves in front of the object of their desire before they break in, for example to check when the residents usually come home or whether they are on vacation.

Entry via the roof or cellar window: What many residents do not think about: Thieves are quite capable of walking over roofs or finding hidden entry points such as basement windows.

Rogue tines, markings: In order to communicate with other thieves, burglars have been using so-called “crook tines” for many decades. These are markings on or in front of houses through which secret messages such as B. "Beware of the dog" or "Owners have money" can be conveyed.

How to protect yourself from burglar tricks

Burglar trickHow to protect yourself
Plastic / paper strips on the doorIf you discover a plastic or paper strip on a neighbor's door, remove it and keep an eye on the apartment or contact the resident
"New neighbor" or a slip of paper and pencilDo not let strangers into the apartment, do not leave the door open when you go into the apartment
Spy in front of the house or in the stairwellTalk to the person to see if you can help them
Thief gets in through an open / tilted basement window or the roof terraceAlways keep the basement window closed when you are absent, adequately secure the roof terrace
Rogue teeth, objects as messages in front of the houseRemove the markings and suspicious objects on the house

Security technology grants

Most break-ins can also be avoided by installing the right security technology. So that the security-conscious resident does not suffer any financial disadvantages, the state development bank KfW has expanded the subsidy for the security-conscious. Homeowners or tenants who want to secure their home can also apply for an interest-free loan of up to 50,000 euros to secure their home from burglars.

Does the home insurance pay in the event of a break-in?

If a burglar forcibly gains access to someone else's apartment, the home contents insurance usually covers the costs of replacing the stolen items and for repair costs, for example if the door or a window pane has been damaged. In order for the insurance to cover the costs, there must be traces of the break-in. The prerequisite for the benefit of the insurance is also that the apartment door was locked and no window was open.