Burglary has always been one of the most common crimes committed in the United States. In fact, over 1 million burglaries on average take place in the United States each year. In Los Angeles alone, the LAPD recorded a total of 912 cases of burglary from July 4 to 31 of 2021.
In the first half of 2021, the LAPD alerted the Bel Air community on the rising number of burglaries within the area as reported by the Bel Air Association. In the same year, several celebrities were also reported to have been victimized by burglary.
Beyonce had her storage unit broken into in March 2021 during which, over $1 Million worth of luxury items were robbed. In July 2021, Jodie Turner-Smith was also robbed of valuable jewelry worth over €10,000 when burglars broke into her hotel room in Cannes.
Being famous comes with benefits and drawbacks. One of the downsides of being popular is being targeted for criminal activity—so many celebrities and wealthy executives living in Bel Air, their homes have become a target for break-ins.
As break-ins become more rampant in LA, learn about how you can protect your home or property from potential burglars.
Privacy is the best prevention
Celebrities and Bel Air home break-ins are more likely to happen because of the high-profile lifestyle of celebrities and affluent residents in the area. Being in the spotlight makes potential burglars privy to your schedule—providing them the opportunity to break into your home when you are not around.
Especially with social media, criminals are able to gather information about your whereabouts. Therefore, it’s important to be mindful of what you share on social media. Be especially careful of posting photos that can give away your location.
If you are going out or leaving for a vacation, don’t post real-time photos which will let people know you are away from home. Be wary as well of checking in with your name at hotels, airports, and other public places.
Using your name allows criminals to track your location, giving away that you are far from home or possibly, going to be away for long enough for them to break in and steal your valuables.
Choose whom you trust carefully
Many high-end burglaries are inside jobs. Be careful with whom you trust with personal information. Whether they are your personal assistant, your chef, or your cleaner—don’t just let anyone into your home.
Being mindful of hiring anyone online to do your cleaning or home repairs is crucial. Only work with trusted agencies whose staff are trained to work with high-profile clients.
Also, only give people access to your home as needed. Avoid giving people copies of your home keys. And if you can, never leave anyone to attend to your home while you are not present.
Invest in security systems
One of the easiest ways to protect your home from break-ins is by tightening the security not only in your home but in the vicinity around your home. Install security cameras around the neighborhood, along the curb, and anywhere else where people might pass by to get to your home.
Install alarm systems that would alert the authorities when triggered. Make sure they are fully functional and get them regularly checked to make sure they work in times of need.
Set up convincing decoys
You can take as many precautions as you can, but all it takes for robbers to break into your home and steal your valuables is a few minutes of a security lapse on your part.
In the event that a break-in does happen, a great way to keep your valuables safe is to set up convincing decoys. This involves purchasing relatively inexpensive but still valuable items and leaving them in more accessible locations in your home, such as your bedroom drawers.
When robbers come into your home and look for valuables, these decoys aim to occupy their attention so they will take these rather than your real valuables, which you should keep in a vaulted safe, hidden to everyone but yourself.
Though ideally your home will not be broken into, in the event that robbers do break into your home, this prevents them from stealing what is truly valuable, therefore minimizing the damage to you.
Hire professional security services
Professional security services can include anything from a full surveillance system to assigning executive protection agents to you and your home. Though the above-mentioned tips will help prevent a burglary, you can never be too sure when it comes to your home security and the protection of your valuables.
Hiring professionals who are experts at high profile security to do the work, especially when you are not home to ensure the safety of your place is a small investment to keep your jewelry, gadgets, and other valuables safe.
Professional executive protection agents help ensure you protect yourself and follow the above-mentioned tips such as ensuring your privacy and being careful of whom you trust.
Moreover, professional executive protection agents are seasoned professionals who are trained to spot potential threats not only to your home but also to you and your loved ones. They know how to make full use of your security cameras and know how to set up your alarm system so they will be alerted of any suspicious activity.
Most importantly, professional executive protection agents are not only trained to watch over homes, they are experts at guarding high-profile people like celebrities or Bel-Air homeowners.
Whether someone is trying to break into your home or they are trying to rob you or anyone close to you, professional executive protection agents will stop burglars on their tracks.
Prevent Burglary With Prevention Strategies and a Backup Plan
The best way to protect your home against break-ins and burglary is to prevent your personal information and schedule from leaking into the wrong hands. Maintaining your privacy is a top priority.
Hiring professionals to help you maintain your privacy and keeping your home safe is another safety net you can prepare because you can never have too much protection.
Should suspects manage to break into your home despite carefully guarding your privacy, setting up a backup plan that protects your most valuable assets is crucial. No amount of caution is enough and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.