If you have been reading the news this week then you may have heard about the man who left his identification behind at the scene of a crime in Acton.
Not only did the burglar leave his mobile phone, keys and passport in his backpack at the West London home when he fled, he also tried to claim it had been planted there to frame him for the burglary.
The Sun reported on the story and described how the 48-year-old burglar attempted to explain why the property was found there, but the judge at Isleworth crown court saw through the ploy and the man has now been jailed for six years.
This may be a funny story of a less-than-intelligent criminal but not all burglars are like this man. Burglars are always on the lookout for any opportunity to gain access to homes they feel are worth the risk of breaking into. And they usually have learned all the tricks of the trade.
That is why it is always important to lock all your doors and windows when you go out, not forgetting to remove any valuable possessions left on show. The installation of an effective burglar alarm and security system can also prove to be excellent deterrents and can protect your home from this very real threat.