Thursday, October 22

Thirteen Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week,

cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or

delivering your new refrigerator.

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


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.

Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the

driveway.. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front

door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

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 area are a dead giveaway.

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.

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.

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.

I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions

Some where or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me

up on it)

Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I

always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the

medicine cabinet. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go

into kid's rooms.

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.

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

8 More things a burglar won't tell you. From Reader's Digest:

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.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California,

and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor

at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105

burglars for his book.


tardevil said...

Good stuff...thanks for sharing!

Gilly said...

Yep! Things we know really, but never think it will happen to us!

If workmen ask to use our loo, I direct them to the downstairs cloakroom, and keep a surreptitious eye on them. They can have the ironing board in there, it wobbles.

Did it mention double glazing? That is supposed to keep burglars out.

Pat said...

Cripes! At least I'm no on Face book:)

Grannymar said...

Great tips Judy. Some may be obvious but there are a few new ones to me.

Star said...

Good reminders. Thanks.

bobbie said...

Such obvious things - that we often overlook. Thanks.

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Good facts! This was helpful

Granny Annie said...

Very good advice. Thanks for sharing.

Arkansas Patti said...

Really good tips there. Guess I am way too trusting. I never hesitated to let anyone use my toilet. My only concern had not been theft but splatter.
Thanks for the good info.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

My husband is so paranoid, we have this place locked up like Fort Knox. He even locks the door on his way out to work and locks me in or asks me to lock the door after he leaves. And, we have a bird - they like noise - so the TV is almost always on. Even when I leave. :-)

tiff said...

Certainly some good food for thought here. Doesn't it stink to have to be so suspicious?

utenzi said...

Most houses are easy targets. Being prepared is a good idea though being lucky is good too.

Shiny Rod said...

Of course, my boxer/chow mix makes sure nobody and I mean nobody escapes her detection. Best damn alarm system I ever bought and it only cost me about $30 every 2 months in kibble. Good tips for those who are allergic to pets though.

Jen said...

I have a mean kitty that's better than any watchdog I've ever met. She chases people out of my apartment.

robin andrea said...

All true. When we moved into a house in Arcata last summer, we noticed the neighbor's newspapers piling up. I had never met them, as they were gone when we arrived. But I took those newspapers everyday and put them where it wasn't so obvious that no one was home. When they did come home, they were so appreciative, and we became good friends. It's what neighbors are for!

LL Cool Joe said...

Great advice. The other one is that you shouldn't leave things like coat hangers on the washing line. Very useful for using to break into a house.

Kay Dennison said...

I almost feel sorry for a burglar who comes to my house -- he'd have a sorry haul.

rosemary said...

made me think of that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio....the guy that was a jack of all trades thief?

Darlene said...

My thief was one of the guys who installed my new carpet. I was too trusting and left the jewelery boxes in the bedroom where they were working. I lost my favorite pieces of jewelery to those scumbag.

LZ Blogger said...

Judy ~ Some great things here to remember to be cautious about! THX!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Great tips, Judy....The Police here in Hollywood told me once that there are three things that Burglers do not like. Lots Of Lights! Having to make noise. And anything that takes a lot of time to do to get into a home.

Anil P said...

How very illuminating, and educative. Except for snow it will apply out here in the tropics as well.

gs batty said...

thanks..just had a neighborhood burglary. copied and sent list to all neighbors. it may help