Quick question, during what time of day is your home most likely to be burgled?

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Time’s up! If you didn’t answer late mornings or early afternoon on weekdays, you lose. Perhaps in more ways than one.

While the vast majority of break & enters do not involve a threat to personal safety, they may be one of the violations that homeowners fear the most. Not only does being a victim of a break-in mean that you may have lost some of your possessions, but there’s that destabilizing uneasiness of knowing that someone, a criminal, has been inside your home.

But despite that fear, and all the high-security locks, video surveillance and alarm systems we install to help prevent them, few if any homeowners have a clear idea of how a burglar thinks.

And that even goes for the time of day during which we are most likely to be the victim of a break and enter.

Needless to say, a thief doesn’t want to get caught. But even more than the fear of being caught, they want to avoid confronting homeowners just in case it doesn’t work out well for either party.

So they want to enter your home at the times during which you are least likely to be home. Not the middle of the night as most homeowners presume.

Even if you are home during the day, if you go out, it’s most likely later in the morning or earlier in the afternoon.

So, while it’s important to protect your family in the evening, and make sure all your security systems are engaged, it’s just as important to do so when you head out in the middle of the day. It’s nice to tell people you feel so safe in Toronto that you don’t lock your doors when you go out. Until you become the victim of a day-time burglary.