13 Things Your Local Burglar Won’t Tell You!

Feb 20, 2016

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This is a great article written by Chris Cott for the La Jolla Light that might help save your home from being burglarized.

Here are the top 13 things a Burglar won’t tell you!

  1. Of course I look familiar I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.  I made friends with your dog gave him treats. I’ll bring more with me. No dog is smarter than me. If your dog is unfriendly, and I think you have plenty of valuables just waiting for me. I just open the door wide enough and through a net over him. He will do the rest and be redeemed immobile, all snarled up in the net, in less than a minute. I might not be the one to burglarize your home, I just give all the details to my cohort burglar – we work in teams.
  2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
  3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste…taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always makes me wonder what kind 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. While you’re off in sunny Florida (or anywhere) for a few weeks, my friend in Florida see your license plate from a western state, he gives me a call to hit your place and clean it out – I get a cut of course. And we love find a doctor traveling out of state with an obvious M.D. plate because we know the haul will be good. To foil our plot consider hiring a responsible mature adult to house sit if you can. Many will not charge. Be sure to give specific instruction.
  6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see it if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
  7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink and the window 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 and 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 draw? I always check dresser drawers, the beside table, and the medicine cabinet.
  11. Here’s a helpful hint: I never go into the kid’s room.
  12. You’re right I won’t have enough time to break into your safe where you keep your valuables. But if its not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
  13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent then the best alarm system. If you are reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy s $35 device that works on timer and stimulates the flickering glow of a real television. (find it at faketv.com)

Here are a couple of more helpful tips to make your home safer.

  1. Loud dogs and nosy neighbors are a good deterrent.
  2. Close your binds.
  3. Avoid announcing you are going on vacation of Facebook.
  4. Don’t leave your windows open at all.
  5. Don’t leave your doors open.
  6. Put your car keys beside your bed at night – if you hear a noise outside or hear someone is trying to get into your home hit the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off.

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