In this age of high-tech security alarms and movement sensors, a most irritating facet of modern day living is that burglary is about more than the cost of the goods. Everyone can relate to those first heart-stopping moments when arriving home to be confronted with empty space where household goods once were. Shock, anger, indignation and a scramble for the number of the police take second place to the first thought of how the burglar got in. Then again, even when the answer is found, it is just too late, and the agonising truth of the situation sinks in.
Notwithstanding the obvious trauma suffered in losing personal effects, the inevitable rigmarole of submitting insurance claims for stolen goods from the insurance company is often a journey with a bizarre story all of its own. It is at this point that discoveries are made of being under-insured or fine print not properly understood when signing the insurance contract.
Theft is a broad legal term describing the removal of property without consent, whereas burglary is the intentional entering of a building with criminal intent to steal goods. Either way, though, somebody loses precious possessions.
Often the goods taken are of a sentimental nature, irreplaceable really. Family heirlooms are particularly difficult to replace, and even if the insurance company pays for them, the new goods just do not measure up to the original ones. Much worse than all of this, though, is the mere thought that somebody has had the brazen temerity to violate private space. That realisation alone is enough to put many people into frenzy.
The burglar typically preys on unsuspecting victims by seeking ways to obtain their goods without them knowing. The biggest weapon that the owners of goods unwittingly give to burglars is sloppy security. The window left open for the cat, the bathroom window left ajar, the key left in a safe place (yes, people still do that!), and unattended goods in an accessible place. All of these ask for attention of wanton criminals and before long, a burglary has been suffered. The presence of a home burglar alarm can deter the opportunist burglars.