Burglars will use your most altruistic instincts to catch you out – such as staging an emergency in front of your house.
This can be used to get access to the house, either by turfing you out or using it to scope out your home.
Boundary experts said: “Burglars are known for faking emergencies, for example, their car has broken down or their phone has died and they need to charge it.
“Essentially, they’ll think of anything that will give them access to your home to scope it out.
“Obviously, it’s important to help others in a time of need, but just remember that shouldn’t be at the expense of your own safety.”