Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You:
Of course I look familiar. I was
here just last week cleaning
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
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
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.
I almost never go into kids'
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
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
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
Oregon , California , and Kentucky ;
security consultant Chris McGoey,
and Richard T. Wright, a criminology
professor at the University of
Missouri-St. Louis, who
interviewed 105 burglars for his
on the Job”.
If you don't have a gun, here's a
more humane way to wreck someone's evil
plans for you. (I guess I can get
rid of the baseball bat.)
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
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...
Wasp And Hornet Spray
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
"That's going to give you a chance
to call the police; maybe get out."
Maybe even save a life.