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They operate in darkness. That’s the Hollywood stereotype about burglars. They do their dirty work in the dark of night, covered under dark masks, wearing dark gloves. It’s all about hiding.

But is that statistically accurate? Turns out, nighttime robberies are not as prominent as our stereotypes might have us think. In fact, according to the 2010 US Census Robbery and Property Crimes by Type report, more burglaries occurred during the day than at night. Yet, due to our mental image equating robberies with nighttime, we seem shocked when things happen “in broad daylight.”

Therein lies one of the secrets to the success of burglars – they often strike when people least expect it, when people feel safer and are therefore less suspicious, and thereby, are less cautious. Nab ’em then, when the doors might be left unlocked, or a window open, and an apartment empty when its residents are at work or gone on vacation. Or, on the business fronts, it’s easier to hold someone up at gunpoint when the store is open to all, rather than try to break through when the nighttime security guard is on duty, the security alarm system enabled, and cash isn’t readily accessible. This daylight robbery thing is starting to make more sense now, right?

So now that spring has sprung, it’s time to reevaluate the need for security. We can easily be fooled by sunshine, budding flowers, and warmth.  When we’re feeling happier overall, we might slip into thinking we don’t need to be as careful. (Brings to mind the popular Pharrell Williams song lyrics “Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth.”)

Be not fooled about the likelihood of daytime robberies, because that is just what burglars literally bank on. If you suspect you’re not keeping up with your security needs, call ISSM today to consult about your theft protection program.

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