Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

I received this information via email a while back, and thought I’d share…

Things A Burglar Won’t Tell You (from the book, Burglars on the Job)

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 athttp://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.
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.

This next bits of information were included in the email sent to me, but I’m not sure if they are from the above book. Either way, it’s very useful!

WASP SPRAY

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.. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.                             

CAR ALARM

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in 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/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal 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 a sexual abuse crime .

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7 thoughts on “Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

  1. CL and Trish,

    I can’t take any credit for this, I received it via email from a family member and wanted to pass it along to everyone I could.

    Be sure to check out the book some of these tips came from (link is at the beginning of the post).

    Thanks for visiting and commenting,

    Christi

  2. A dimented mind like mine might take this list and use it as a resource of things to include in my next mystery. Never know where a great story idea comes from 🙂

    Seriously, this is a valuable public service announcement, and what is called “a word to the wise” … thanks 🙂

  3. Florence,

    There’s quite a bit of things to include in a mystery here, and lots I hadn’t thought of. I used to use wasp spray in the house to kill bees that got in and can totally attest to how far, and accurate, the spray stream goes. I highly recommend the stuff!

    Thanks for visiting,

    Christi

  4. Wasp Spray? Wow. That’s a great idea.

    Last winter when I worked until 2 am, I had my thumb on the car alarm button as I made my way from the car to the house, but not because I’d be attack by a human. The coyote population is out of control in Nova Scotia and there have been several attacks, including one in our rural community. One woman was killed in Cape Breton. If I were attacked or approached by a coyote at that time of night, my plan — which my kids and husband knew about — was that I’d set off the car alarm. That would hopefully scare off the coyote and alert those in the house that I may have needed help.

  5. Diane,

    Coyotes?! Wow!

    That is an amazing story, and the writer in me hopes you’ve turned that into a short story from your POV, showing all the fear at scary noises!

    Christi

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