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Home Security: Burglaries Spike, Burglars Sink to New Low

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August 15, 2012
By Stephanie Zaharuk

As a home security company, we have read our fair share of despicable crime stories. We’ve heard of criminals targeting the elderly, the kind-hearted and even grieving families away for a funeral. But a recent article shows us that burglars may now be targeting the homes of the deceased. Despite police efforts and advancing home security technology, burglars continue to disrupt homeowner’s peace of mind.

The Crime

Several computers and personal items worth more than $60,000 were stolen from the Northern California home of the late Steve Jobs in what authorities insist was a run of the mill burglary.

Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with residential burglary and selling stolen property. He remains jailed with bail set at $500,000 pending an Aug. 20 court hearing.

Why Was the Home Targeted?

Authorities believe that McFarlin was unaware that he had broken into the Jobs home. Palo Alto police reported a jump in residential burglaries in 2012, more than 100 in six months.

Jobs was known for a modest personal life and had lived in the residential neighborhood. Authorities suspect his seven-bedroom house was targeted because it was undergoing renovation and may have appeared less secure. They believe the house was unoccupied at the time of the burglary.

The Takeaway

Unoccupied homes are easy targets. This is one of the leading reasons why vacation months like June, July and August carry higher rates of burglary.  When you are away from your home it’s important to take the proper security precautions to ensure your home is protected. Lock all doors and windows. Turn on exterior lights and set interior lights on timers. Arm your home alarm system. These are all very simple ways to improve your home’s security.

Even if you’re not leaving for vacation these are effective security tips to follow. If you’re home, you can still arm your alarm system to “stay” for peace of mind. With high residential burglary rates, homeowners everywhere could use a little more security.  

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