Do you remember being told “practice makes perfect” as a young child? Well, the bad news is that most burglars also remember being told that and have applied that same philosophy to a life of crime.
Dysfunctional expertise refers to a burglar’s ability to think outside the box. They look like normal people…but inside the mind of a burglar, they’re always calculating as they walk their dogs and run their errands, constantly making mental notes of what properties are valuable and when they’ll be empty. Over time, this mental note-taking becomes a habit, something that is automatic and second-nature.
This dysfunctional expertise translates to choosing a property to target. They don’t spend extra time weighing up the pros and cons of each property, they can simply refer to their mental notes, memory and learned cues from previous burglaries.
Here are the features of properties that look valuable to burglars:
Almost 80% of burglars said they preferred the property to be unoccupied. They would check this by:
But what’s chilling is that 20% of burglars said they preferred occupied properties, as long as the occupants were asleep. This way they would know exactly where the occupants are and increases the likelihood of wallets, jewellery, handbags and other valuables being inside the property.
It’s true that a lot of burglars don’t plan in advance. Most are opportunistic and impulsive, but different types of burglars act differently.
This is evident in another study conducted by Nee, where she uses a real house to simulate burglaries with 6 former professional burglars and 6 post-grad students. The results were shocking…
The former professional burglars took less items than the post-grad students but wound up with loots averaging £1000 more. A look into the minds of these burglars tells us that they refer to previously learned information from the hundreds of burglaries they’ve committed.
When combined with their dysfunctional expertise, this means experienced burglars unconsciously plan certain burglaries for days, weeks, months and even years.
If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy burglar confessions, a deeper look into the mind of a burglar to show what valuables they look for and how they get into your home.
October 02, 2016
Copyright 2019 — Cammy, Inc.
1300 320 292