What Are the Most Common Items Stolen in Home Burglaries?

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As a homeowner, the possibility of a home invasion may cause significant concern, mainly due to the risk of losing valuable personal possessions. Such an intrusion poses a threat not only to your property but also to the safety and well-being of your family. As such, it’s imperative to take the necessary steps to safeguard your home and mitigate the risks of home burglaries. Installing security systems is indispensable to ensure peace of mind in your sanctuary. Please continue reading and contact a Residential Security Expert from Port Security Services who can help you keep your home safe. 

What Items Are Stolen in Home Invasions?

In the event of a break-in, it’s safe to assume that the intruder has a specific objective in mind. Unfortunately, some items are targets to be stolen more often than others. Typically, thieves will target expensive items that have the highest resale value. However, it’s worth noting that less expensive household items, such as medications, furniture, and personal documents, are also frequently stolen. As such, it’s crucial to identify some items that are most often stolen during home invasions to protect your belongings. The following include, but are not limited to, some of the most common items stolen in a burglary:

  • Jewelry: Burglars are often looking for portable fine jewelry that can be easily resold to make a profit. It’s a common misconception that thieves are only hoping to get diamonds. However, they also like to get their hands on precious metals, gemstones, rings, and watches. If you have jewelry or watches in plain sight, you should find creative places to hide these items somewhere a thief wouldn’t usually think to look.
  • Prescription drugs: This may come as a surprise, but thieves often target prescription drugs. In some cases, they may be after them to get high themselves, or they may want to sell them for a profit. Medications are easily resold on the streets. Over-the-counter medications are not as attractive to burglars. Many burglars will go through your medicine cabinet during a break-in on the hunt for painkillers. If you keep any painkillers, you should invest in a lock to keep unauthorized individuals from accessing your medication.
  • Personal documents: Some burglars are after personal documents such as social security cards, password books, and passports. If thieves get their hands on these items, they can use them to steal your identity or access your financial accounts. To prevent this, keep your documents locked in a safe.

The above-listed are only some of the many valuable items burglars target in home invasions. One of the most effective steps to mitigate the risk of home burglaries is to connect with Port Security Services. Our team is prepared to help you deter criminal activity and protect your home from intruders. Contact our team today to learn more about what we can do for you.


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