Professional thieves

The Semi-Skilled Burglar

Casual & Opportunist Theft


Tough Cookies these ones, in that they don't always look like villains though clearly they are prepared to use force, on people as well as property. Generally target premises they have already researched - "cased" and will be well organised, posting lookouts.

Not so tough, but still difficult to beat in that they might well be tooled up. Happy to burgle at night, though always at work in the day with rich pickings from public buildings. They will know how to break into premises and use force on property to get valuables.

Sneaky individuals who generally won't look like a thief. They are most probably a bona-fide member of staff, contractor or visitor to your premises. They tend to take their time and will probably avoid skulduggery if there is a chance of detection.

How far will they travel?

For the right target, such gangs can operate over a large area, travelling away 70, 100 or even 200 miles and doing a series of "jobs" along the way. These guys are organised and in business.

These thieves are more than likely local operators, stealing to order or on spec. They may or may not use a car or van, but tend to limit themselves to areas they know to ensure a clear getaway.

They won't need to go far, because they will always be there when you least expect them and when they most expect for you to be elsewhere. Timing is their strength, they are already on your premises.

What might they steal?

These gangs will generally have an existing and ready market for what they steal, though stolen IT equipment is just as likely to go back into the IT business channel in the form of components.
These guys will know what to do with their stolen equipment and will target Power Mac, Sun and all File Servers owing to the good resale value of this kit at home and abroad.

These guys are not as sophisticated as their Professional colleagues. They may very well know the difference between a PC, a Mac and a SparcStation, but will not necessarily have a ready market for their ill-gotten gains.
They are more than likely to sell the equipment on to a "fence" or sell it in a pub or car boot sale.

Laptops, PDAs, Digital Cameras, Memory, Components, Inkjet Cartridges - in fact anything that can be concealed about their person or in a briefcase or holdall.
Where will it go, who knows, it may get sold at a car boot sale, passed on to a friend as a gift, sold in a second hand shop or more than likely used by the thief at home in/on their own IT equipment. They might even be running a little sideline of fixing computers. And guess where their stock comes from?

I have an alarm will that stop them?

No, there will be rich pickings at their targets, they will already know how long it will take for the Police to respond to an alarm and will have taken this into account - they will be on the premises for between 3 & 10 minutes.

Oh, and by the way, barking dogs aren't much of a deterrent either - unless you are in the kennels with them that is!




Perhaps, since these characters are perhaps less well organised, and operating in smaller groups, they may be deterred by an alarm, particularly if it is not far from a Police presence.

But don't be too sure, it only takes seconds to get into a premises and steal a few computers - and get away long before the police arrive.

Alarms can be of positive benefit, particularly when used in conjunction with good physical protection e.g. window bars, good locks, secure doors.

No, because in general, these thieves are already in your building, in most cases legitimately and operating whilst the alarms are switched off!

Most of their work will be carried out when fewer personnel are about - early mornings, lunchtime, late evening or the night shift.
So always be suspicious of the suddenly keen worker wanting to put in extra hours.

The usual opportunist will wait until the time is right, though may secrete stolen equipment somewhere else in the building so they can remove it off the premises later.