Recently there has been in the news more and more accounts of burglaries, some with violence to the poor people being victimized. I am in possession of some good information that might save someone from becoming a victim. Pay close attention, these are things we all need to be made aware of. These hints were given to law enforcement by career criminals that have gone straight.
WHO IS A BURGLAR?
Do I look familiar? I should, I was just here last week cleaning your carpets, or painting your house, landscaping, or delivering your new refrigerator.
Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was here last week, While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
Sometimes, I carry a clipboard to look like I have legitimate business in your neighborhood. Sometimes, I dress like the lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never ever look like a crook.
WHAT BURGLARS LOOK FOR...
Those toys your kids leave outside make me wonder what type of electronics and gaming systems you have inside your house.
Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway or on the porch. I might even leave a pizza flyer to see how long it takes to remove it.
If glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the alarm pad in view. That makes it easy to see if the alarm is set or not.
It's raining, you're fumbling with your unbrella and forget to lock your door, understandable! But understand this; I don't take a day off because of bad weather. When you are not paying attention I will be.
I always knock first to see if anyone answer, I'll ask for directions or offer to work in your yard for food, but don't take me up on it.
Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside tables, and the medicine cabinet.
I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home and for flat screen TV's or gaming systems I like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night before you close your blinds, just to pick out my targets.
I almost never ever go into kids rooms.
You are 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 just take it with me.
A loud radio or TV can be as good a deterrent as an alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave the TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a timer that turns things on and off according to the times you set.
The things I hate worse are loud, or yappy dogs and nosey neighbors.
I'll break a window to get in even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he may stop what he's doing to listen and see if he hears it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll probably just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
Why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system, then leave your home without setting it? Yep, people actually do.
A good security company alarms the window over the sink and the windows on the second floor which often access the master bedroom and your jewelry. I also look for money, guns, and credit cards. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors on the second floor too.
THINGS TO AVOID...
You may want to avoid announcing your vacation plans on your Facebook page. It's easier than you might think to find out your address.
To you leaving a window open just a crack during the day is a way to let fresh air in; but to me it's an invitation to come inside and help myself.
If you don't answer when I knock, I'll try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and stroll right into someones home left wide open.
Don't put a mourning or some form of berevement on your front door because we burglars check obituaries and funeral times. If something looks promising we will hit during the funeral. Hey, one persons loss is anothers gain and we are burglars after all. Do you really need a double tragedy???
I promised you a quiz today but felt this was more important. I will do the quiz say on Tuesday or Wednesday so watch for it...