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
6. If decorative glas s 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. 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
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 faketv.com..)
14. 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.
15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
16.. 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.
17. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a
fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
18. 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.
19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier
than you think to look up your address.
20. 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.
21. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I
hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North
Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant
Chris McGoey, who runs
Crimedoctor.com and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor
at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars
for his book Burglars on the Job.
Wasp Spray ...
Protection for you and your home
If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to
wreck someone's evil plans for you.
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was
concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them
when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police
department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she
get a can of wasp spray instead.
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a
lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too
close to you and could overpower you.
The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they
get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the
office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper
spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection...