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21 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

 Burglars always seem like they are one step ahead of you. That is because they are checking out your house while you have no idea they're doing so. They watch it, learn your habits and make sure they can get in when you're gone. Read this list all the way to the end. 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 allows access to 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 - it's 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/)

 

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. Parents: caution your kids about this. We see this every day.

 

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. 

 

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:

 

Wasp Spray

A friend who is a receptionist at 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 that she gets 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 the pepper spray needs much closer range which means they have to get 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..

 

From Other Sources

On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School. For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.


Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them." Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet, so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says, look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police, maybe get out." It could even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get into your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.


Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and the criminal definitely won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or prevent a sexual abuse crime.

 

Above all - Don't be a hero, and stay safe!

 

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