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THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU.

 

Read this and I guarantee you just might learn something that will save your home from being burglarized.
1. Of course I look familiar. I
was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting
your shutters, or delivering your new
refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting
me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last
week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window
to make my return a little easier.

3. Love
those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste
means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your
kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming
system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look
for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might
leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long
it takes you to remove it..

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up
there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re
fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your
door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take
a day off because of bad weather.

9. 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.)

10. Do you really think I won’t
look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser
drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine
cabinet.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I
almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12.
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.

13. A
loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best
alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on
while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that
works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a
real television. (Find it at http://www.faketv/.com/)

8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL
YOU
:
1. Sometimes, I carry
a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and
carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a
crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud
dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. 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.

4. I’m not complaining, but
why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm
system and leave your house without setting
it?

5. I 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.

6.Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook
page. It’s easier than you think to look up your
address. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see
this every day.

7. 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.

8. If you don’t answer when I
knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot
and walk right in.

 

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