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Know the mind of your enemy. The adage sounds more like advice for the battlefield than for burglary prevention. But knowing the common motives and goals of burglars will help you devise a home security plan that keeps you and your family safe.
The Burglary Prevention Council reports that burglars fall into three categories: professional, semi-professional and amateur. Most burglaries are committed by amateurs, while professional burglars may be part of organized crime groups that target high-end items -- such as antique paintings or jewels.
Here are some tips for protecting your home and property from common burglaries: