With a recent flurry of masked men forcing their way into houses and apartments — firing rifles, pistol-whipping victims and even zapping people with stun guns — it may seem you aren’t safe in your own home. You are, says the Orlando Sentinel. “The burglar is looking for a quick, easy buck,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Hinkey. “A home invasion, they have specifically targeted you.” Home invasions are rare because they are orchestrated crimes that typically involve more than one person. The crime itself is a big risk — for the hoped-for big payoff of cash, drugs or both.
If they know their victims are often involved in something illegal themselves, the attackers fire themselves up. A fellow criminal, or an illegal immigrant, might be easy prey because they are less likely to cooperate with police. Such victims also might have weapons to protect a drug stash or put up a fight for a substantial amount of money. “You have to think about the group dynamics,” said Elizabeth Mustaine, a criminologist at the University of Central Florida. “Their ability to rein it in and stay in control is not as likely, because there is so much adrenaline to feed off of.”