Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You

12/23/2015

Here are some things “your burglar” won’t tell you…

  1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cutting your grass, walking you’re dog, or cleaning you’re house.
  2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlocked the bedroom window to make my return a little easier.
  3. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
  4. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
  5. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
  6. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
  7. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a salesman. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
  8. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
  9. Burglars love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
  10. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
  11. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

Security Tips:

  • Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
  • If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button (on your key) and the car alarm will sound!
  • Next time you start to put your keys away, think of this: Your car alarm is a security alarm system. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house by pressing the key-fob panic button. Test it. It should work if you park in your driveway or garage.
  • And remember to hold your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The car alarm will work the same way there – just press the panic button. This is a simple thing that should really be shared with everyone.
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