A house I have been asked to check in on over the holiday season was burgled last night along with two neighbouring houses. I’ve been on the phone to the police and the window repairman, and then I’ve been showing them around. My acquaintances had a burglary alarm system with motion detectors — on the first and second floors. The burglars somehow scaled the wall to the third floor, broke open the window to a bedroom and went in. There they rifled through all cupboards, wardrobes and drawers, left a laptop computer and a TV untouched, opened a second window and nimbly jumped out. Looks like they spent maybe a quarter of an hour inside.
The police took this thing surprisingly seriously, cordoning off two rooms and calling in forensics. Apparently they have special funding to pursue home burglers. Anyway, I’m glad it wasn’t in my area.
I wonder what makes a person a professional burglar. So do the criminologists, I guess.