This article just came across my feed:
The videos show men dressed all in black, in teams of three or four, using special equipment to quietly breach windows, enter mansions in Oakland County and escape quickly with currency, jewelry, costly purses and safes.
One man holds “a jammer” to disable wireless burglar alarms, enabling what authorities said were among more than 30 break-ins of high-end homes in Oakland County since September.
The gangs are “very well trained. The surveillance video we have makes them look all white. That’s because it’s filming at night. They’re all in black.
“They very often try to approach homes in a secluded manner – from woods, for example. They’re looking for jewelry, cash, safes, even a larger safe. They’ll take that with them and try to brute-force it open later,” he said.
“If you’ve got a high-end home, you may be a target,” Bouchard said. The gangs don’t appear to be violent, he said. “In one of the few times when they went into a house and the people were home, as soon as they found out, they ran,” he said.
Here are some points to consider:
Miguel and I are big fans of security systems. The wireless ones are cheaper and easy to install. They are also easier to disable. If you have expensive stuff, you might want to invest in a wired system that is more resistant to being disabled.
Security should be in layers. Having cameras facing your house is good, but if you have a large yard or you face the woods, cameras pointed towards the open spaces that can see long distance is an improvement. If you have a long driveway, add cameras and monitors to see who is approaching your house from a distance.
Safes are great, but only if they are anchored down. These guys carry off safes and break them open later. I have several posts on anchoring safes into both concrete and OSB subfloor if you want advice on how to do it.
These guys are not violent now, but there is no guarantee they will stay that way. Homeowners need to be prepared to face multiple home invaders with tools. You need high capacity magazines.
Thieves are getting bolder and more aggressive.
We’re seeing it with shop lifting, it was a matter of time until it came to people’s homes.