PREVENTION OF ATTEMPTED FORCIBLE ENTRY
This type of crime may not reach its intended result, but often causes damage to the owner’s property
Attempted Forcible Entry: In this type of an offence the offender has tried ways & means to gain entry into the property of the legal owner but has failed in his attempt to gain entry thereby giving up the whole process of committing the crime altogether.
In this type of a crime there will be overt and sublime signs of damage to the owner’s property which identify that a crime was attempted but failed in its execution. An attempted but unsuccessful burglary is usually counted as burglary and often involves property damage.
Overt signs would include cuts or scratches on your locks and door or window frames. A door loosened from its frame and tilted to an unnatural angle. Window panes broken at the side which is near to the window lock. Screws of the window structured loosened or twisted in its frame. Window frame loosened from its brackets. Arranged flower pots in the balcony shifted to one side or broken. A balcony light or porch light broken and glass scattered on the floor.
Covert signs would include your mailbox in the common area tampered with. (Little bent or pressed around the door of the mailbox or the lock levers jumbled up and you can’t put your key inside it. Unusual shoe treads under a particular window or a balcony. Signs of building paint rubbed off at places near your door and windows. A particular portion of the window grille bent out of shape for no reason. Signs of mud or water near the window sills inside a room when there is no rain entering it or water leakage from the ceiling or walls.
The first thing one notices which is obvious that someone tried to get into their house by using force. The second thing which no body realises that their house had been targeted after keenly observing their routine behaviour inside and outside the house.
WHAT TO DO IN SUCH CASES?
- The first thing to do after you have been subject to an attempted crime of forcible entry is to report the attempted crime to the police. Put the professionals on the job, they have a strong deterrent value and have the force to keep these criminals away from your locality.
- The second thing to do is to re-evaluate your personal, social and work-related spheres of life. This intrinsic introspection is extremely necessary and should be written down so as to be able to link events which create vulnerabilities which the burglar saw to exploit. It could be as simple as wearing your earrings while standing at the window to shouting out a message to your spouse from the balcony about getting your expensive dress from the dry-cleaners. It could also be the habit of displaying expensive items and dropping names of expensive brands from where they have been bought and stating their actual worth to neighbours, shopkeepers, delivery or errand boys. A criminal doesn’t understand the actual worth of an object unless he hears about it or sees it himself. This thereafter decides his modus operandi to steal that particular object. Do not openly brag about expensive possessions or new acquisitions.
- Talking loosely in front of outsiders about these personal possessions, whether they are your own or of one’s family or friends is leaking of private information about that person into the public domain. Do understand the seriousness of a situation keep conversations which require certain amount of privacy amongst the people with whom they concern. Many home owners freely gossip with their friends or relatives who visit them or when they go visiting, in front of their household help.
- Many house-owners scold milkmen, postmen, courier boys or people from their neighbourhood just because of their wealthy status, social standing or a personality trait. Trying to degrade a person’s self-esteem just because of the perceived power you hold is also a trigger wherein many of those people on the receiving end assist or accomplish a crime like this as a method of revenge.
- Checking credentials of people delivering goods to your place is almost non-existent in our society which relies heavily on trust. It is always better to question an individual who is delivering goods for the first time at your place about his background in a casual and patronising manner. A person who questions is seen as an overt threat to the criminals and they will refrain from addressing to his in-depth questioning or falter. This proactive posture deters the criminals from probing further into that person’s personal life.
- Good social bonding always helps in cultivating people who will look out for you, and will inform you beforehand any event or activity which happened at some other place which was criminal or a social outrage; or some other person mentioning your name and behaviour at a time and place which was totally not connected with your life. Your milkman, washer man or the local shopkeeper should be on good terms with you wherein you get pieces of information which give you an idea if there is a criminal situation developing in the area you reside. Just be careful to “take more information from them and give out less about yourself”.
- Lastly, and the most important aspect is putting curbs on your own personal behaviour. This is the most difficult task to do as your behaviour defines your personality and any change in it will vastly affect your social interactions. Instead of retreating into a shell where every other person becomes a suspect in your eyes, go forth and assert yourself proactively in all your spheres of life. Question logically and cleverly any intent or situation which develops or is imposed in your life from a security point of view. Evaluate your priorities towards the security of your people and your assets. These priorities should be long-standing which will allow you to develop working patterns and certain behaviours towards people who frequent your life spheres. All in all, the person who interacts with you should have the impression and clarity that you are emphatic towards social needs but above all are conscious about the security of your own people and possessions. You will not give away the guardianship of your assets to anybody without thoroughly checking the loyalty and dependency of that person towards taking care of that asset as you would do.