13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You
Learn what burglars are thinking and help prevent your home from being a break-in target.
1. Of Course I Look Familiar
I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
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. I Can Tell If You’re Around
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.
6. Keep Your Alarm Control Pad Hidden
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. Alarm Locations Matter
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.
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. That’s Not a Good Hiding Place
Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
12. Lock It Down
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. Sound and Light Are Excellent Deterrents
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 faketv.com).
Sources for this article included convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.