Through history there have been some pretty prolific burglars, stealing everything from jewellery, art, cars and recently mobile phones out of people's hands on the streets.
Hollywood movies writers love a classic robbery to bring to life The Heroes v Villains story, my favourites are Jason Statham's 'The Bank Job' (2008), stealing from a bank vault to secure the images of Princess Margaret from the hands of a blackmailer and Michael Mann's 'Public Enemies' (2009), set in the 1930's to take down the notorious American gangster John Dillinger that evaded FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
But why? What makes a thief tick? What makes a person go into a jewellery shop, deliberately confuse the attendant and slip jewellery into their bag as was the trait of the infamous Doris Payne, posing as a wealthy shopper searching for an upgraded engagement ring and slipping 1 or 2 rings into her bag. She was eventually caught in October 2017 and sentenced aged 83 for only 2 years, after nearly 70 years of stealing an estimated $2M using this tactic.
'Diamond Doris', was arrested in October 2017 for attempting to steal a $2000 necklace from the Von Maur concession in Walmart. She pleaded guilty for larceny but said 'I don't regret stealing, I only regret getting caught'.
4 types of thief you should be aware of:
1. The Opportunistic Thief
These are the thieves that lurk, they watch for any opportunity to swipe all things left unattended.
2. 'The Distractors' That Work in Pairs
These pair or groups of people will often begin talking to the person who opens the door to them while the other goes around the back of the property to sneak in the back and steal whatever they can. Gangs of people have recently been targeting areas in Manchester with a female posing to take questions with a clipboard, when the door is open a gang of armed men have appeared behind her and forced entry to the property.
3. Moped Muggings
A steep increase in this type of theft has been reported recently to the police in cities across the UK, The Met Police reported 16,158 moped thefts in 12 months in 2017. The thieves who use stolen mopeds, working in pairs they find victims, mount the pavements and quickly grab mobile phones, bags and have even delivered acid attacks. They are awful, they change lives and leave people feeling vulnerable and in some cases severely injured.
4. The Professional Thief
These are the people who know what they are doing, have a specific list of items needed by clients for them to steal or know what value is placed on items and will easily sell on the black market.
When thinking about increasing security to your property ask yourself questions to think like a thief
To understand a thief and how you or your property might be at risk, you have to first think like a thief. As an apprentice security engineer you are taught to question your surroundings like a thief, looking at ways you might access the property, what tools you might need to break-in and understand your surroundings. By doing this exercise each time you can create a robust security analysis of the property and provide the best security solutions for your customer.
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The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.”
Helen Harvey, Marketing Manager at Website Magpie. Lover of technology, fly fishing and travelling. Proud owner of 'Pickle' the sausage dog.